Many people believe that their retirement years should be their golden years—a stress-free period in life with no worries and responsibilities. A time to simply kick-back and enjoy life at a more leisurely pace. What many people don't realize though is that it actually takes a lot of effort to have a relaxed, stress-free retirement; that they should actually be putting a lot more thought to their day-to-day activities as a retiree. That includes having a lot of health and wellness activities, as an essential part of retired life.
Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), identified six dimensions of wellness that every person should continue to develop throughout their life to attain holistic wellness—physical, intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and occupational.
"Health and wellness of body, mind and spirit is very important to us especially at this point in our lives," shares Joy, a retired marketing executive who worked for one of the largest manufacturers in the Philippines for over 30 years. "Retirement lets you take stock of the basic and most important things in life. You learn to prioritize; you become more discerning about needs vs. wants; you cut down on the unnecessary stuff."
Her husband Danny, who retired as one of the top executives in the local automotive industry echoes her sentiments: "What becomes an overwhelming concern is good health so that you are able to enjoy the remaining days of your life in a manner that is meaningful. You want to be sane and independent and useful enough to people around you."
"The wellness of body, mind and soul is elementary to having peace of mind," adds Joy.
We talked to Joy and Danny, and a couple of other retirees, to see how they've made sure to include wellness as part of their daily lives.