Put yourself at ease by protecting those you love
18 October 2017
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.
One of the most important wellness dimensions for a retiree, is maintaining physical fitness.
"I take daily walks and do exercises in the morning. I've been having pains in my left leg, but I still force myself to walk," shares Lee, an 84-year old retired electrical engineer who spent 30+ years with an aerospace company. "I have always been very active, even in my younger years—jogging, hiking and bicycling. Tina (Lee's wife) and I walk together a little each day."
For Frank, a retired brigadier general who served in the Philippine marines for decades: "I play golf at least once a week while my wife (Ofie) keeps herself busy with household chores."
These activities are similar to what Danny and Joy also do to keep fit.
"I play golf regularly and I have post-golf fellowship with my golfer friends," shares Danny.
"In my case, I do not have any form of structured physical exercise except to do household chores now that we are living alone and by ourselves," Joy says. "I also visit the spa regularly and get a hard massage so as to be able shake my body cells," she adds with a laugh.
Another dimension of wellness is intellectual. Pursuing stimulating mental activities is essential “to stretch and challenge our minds,” according to Hettler.
"I still do consultancy work so I have to keep myself updated of current events that may affect the business environment," explains Danny. "I read newspapers and listen to the news."
Lee also believes in keeping his mind busy with various activities. "I work a hard crossword puzzle every morning. I play chess," he shares. "I have researched and written four books on my family history and mailed them to younger family members. And since I have been an artist most of my life, I continue to make and produce oil paintings until now."
Besides physical and mental wellness, these retirees also believe in the importance of nurturing social connections, whether it be with family, friends, or a community—even through social media.
"I am in Facebook a lot as it keeps me connected to family and friends and I find great joy in this,” says Joy, whose three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren have all migrated to New Zealand.
"I believe that the most important thing for any person when they reach their retirement stage is to be with a God-fearing family, with everyone loving each other," says Frank.
"Join a church and take part in their activities," recommends Lee.
While not part of the six dimensions, financial wellness is also key to a golden retirement.
"Financial Wellness is an important part of the retirement equation," says Danny. "You have to be able to provide for yourself to keep yourself healthy so that you do not put the burden on your children who are starting to build their own families. Neither can you rely on relatives and friends because they have their own personal concerns."
"Financial wellness allows you to take care of yourself in old age, in sickness and in death," adds Joy. "Continuing to experience the little luxuries in life like going to the salon and the spa, eating good food, watching shows and concerts, and travelling requires good financial management. Financial wellness also allows you to be a blessing to others.”
The key to having a great retirement is being healthy in all wellness dimensions, including the dimension of financial health, and preparing for both starts as early as now. Good thing there is a plan that can help you prepare both finance-wise and health-wise—Build Estate Plus from BPI AIA.
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