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How long until you felt rested and relaxed?
Old 12-22-2018, 10:18 AM
 
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I can see the light!

39 days, 2 hours, and 40 minutes until I retire, and only 17 of them will be teaching days. People keep saying, “You must be so excited.” I haven’t had a chance to be excited because my class is exhausting.

My question is, how long did it take for you to feel rested and relaxed after you began your retirement?

I saved my personal days for the final three days before my retirement date. I’ll get report cards done then pack the rv. We hit the road the morning after I retire. I hope to be relaxed by the time we hit North Carolina, rested when we get to South Carolina, recovered from the year when we get to Georgia, and fully restored when we are in Florida.


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Old 12-22-2018, 10:27 AM
 
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Well, I didn't hit the road, but I did commit to nothing for a year after retirement. I relaxed, did what I wanted, and allowed myself to find my way and enjoy what came. After a year, I felt ready to make some real plans.

I think you'll love retirement.
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Old 12-22-2018, 10:34 AM
 
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I had a rough start to retirement. Oh well. I got through it. And, how would I have managed if I had still been working?

It sounds like you will be in the retirement groove very soon. Enjoy!

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Old 12-22-2018, 11:08 AM
 
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It took me about six months to feel fully relaxed and rested after retiring.
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It took me a year!
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But we moved and had a death in the family so probably not typical. Good luck to you and have fun on the road. I would love to hear about your travels and what you see.


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Old 12-23-2018, 07:27 AM
 
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Well, I thought I was relaxing the first year...but looking back, I wasn’t. I still felt the need to stay busy. The good part was I could keep busy doing lots of things in the house I never had time to do before.

But, after a little over a year I had to go away for a few days alone to process some life changes. One of them was honestly embracing the joy of doing nothing.

Short answer....a year.
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Old 12-23-2018, 08:30 AM
 
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I felt relaxed the moment I walked out of school for the last time. The knot between my shoulders disappeared when I realized there were no more school “nexts” or “have-tos.”

However, like Keltikmom, I turned school energy to home energy and worked very hard decluttering, caring for DH (15 months) as I saw him through his illness, prepping the house to sell, selling the house, buying a condo, moving 500 miles, completely remodeling the condo.

So it took me 2 years to really truly relax. And am I ever happy.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:26 PM
 
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For me here is how it went (I was leaving a toxic situation)

Stage 1: Exhilaration and sadness on alternate days.

Stage 2: Making a list of all the things I can do during the week. Only feel sad at triggering things like going into a classroom or seeing school supplies.

Stage 3: All relaxation all the time. Especially in bad weather or Sundays.

The entire process for me took about two years.

I know it’s different for everyone but I think many can relate.
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Old 12-23-2018, 12:29 PM
 
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I think I was relaxed about a week after, and definitely by August, when I realized I didn't have to go back. But it took me a good year to get into the swing of my new retirement life.
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