Retirement is driving them crazy

It took you many years and a lot of hard realities to get into this habit. I don’t think you’re being fair to yourself when you expect to break it right away as a new retiree, especially under such anxiety-friendly conditions.

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February 8, 2021 - 4:20 PM

Dear Carolyn: As a newly retired person who has raised three children alone I’ve now come to realize I obsess over time. There has always been a shortage of it, with mandatory overtime at work, a century-old home needing lots of attention and three active kids. I became a very “engaged” observer of whatever it was I was doing, how much time it took, its outcome on our lives, etc.

Now, though retired and especially lacking a schedule during the pandemic, I still have this internal judge of my performance and the time each decision requires and whether I’m using the time wisely or not.

I’ve practiced yoga and meditation for years, but it hasn’t improved this habit. Suggestions to unwind this clock?

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