How are you adjusting to retirement?

Have you retired recently?
Are you about to retire?
How are you feeling about it?
Perhaps you know someone who has just retired?

For some of us, retirement is something we look forward to with much anticipation!
We have plans to do all the things we haven’t had time to while we have been busy working…
Or we might be looking forward to slowing down a little, and enjoying our hobbies more…

But for many others, retirement is difficult. For many of us, work was our life, our purpose, our joy…and to put it simply, we would have preferred to keep working.

If you are finding that you are finding it hard to adjust to the idea, or even the reality, of retirement, consider taking the Bach Flower Remedy Walnut. Walnut can help us adjust to changes, both the changes we initiate and those we resist. Walnut can support us as we courageously let go of things, routines, situations, and people that/who are no longer a part of our lives.

If you have retired and you are finding it hard to switch off from working, perhaps the Bach Flower Remedy Vervain may help you. Vervain can help the visionary, dare I say ‘workaholic’, balance busy-ness with relaxation. These people, long after retirement, may still be looking for projects to indulge in, as they still have so much to offer the world… and Vervain can support them find balance between work (whether that work is paid, or volunteer activities) and rest, and not be drained by their efforts to change the world and make it a better place.

Did you retire because you were ‘forced’ to, not because you wanted to? Willow can help you release feelings of resentment that often arise when decisions are out of our hands.

Clematis is for those who have big plans for their retirement, but are spending their days daydreaming rather than making their dreams come true. Are you dreaming of holidays or hobbies you never had time for when you were working, but you never actually get around to making these things happen? Clematis can help you centre in the present moment, and take the steps you need to take in order to create the life you would like to be living.

Did life seem better back when you were working? Does it feel like life will never be as good as it used to be? Are you feeling nostalgic? Honeysuckle can help you remember the past with love, but also find beauty and joy in the present moment.

Are you bored? Does it feel like there is nothing to do? Have you lost interest in all your favourite activities? Wild Rose can help you return to being energetic and enthusiastic about life, and find the fun and happiness that often are hiding just beneath the surface of every experience.

Or has retirement left you feeling lost and a little uncertain about your future? Wild Oat can help you through this time, and help you find new purpose and pleasure in your days. Even though the focus of our days has changed, we are still, in every moment, living out our Life Purpose. Every day we are alive is an opportunity to continue our journey along our Soul’s Path. Wild Oat can help you connect to new ways in which you can make a valuable contribution to this beautiful planet and all who live here, now that you have more time on your hands.

No matter how you are feeling about retiring, there is a Bach Flower Remedy that may help you. Talk with your practitioner about your situation, and try a blend of Bach Flower Remedies today!

Honeysuckle - for people who "live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had" ~ Dr Edward Bach
~ for people who “live much in the past, perhaps a time of great happiness, or memories of a lost friend, or ambitions which have not come true. They do not expect further happiness such as they have had” ~ Dr Edward Bach


    1. Hi Carol
      Walnut is a great remedy! It is made from the flowers of the walnut tree, rather than from the walnuts themselves.
      With warmest good wishes,

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