The beauty of modern technology and science has allowed mankind to extend its lifespan. Keeping this in mind, many people choose to not retire well into their 70’s instead of the usual 60s. The results of a study conducted by Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) showed that:
“Retirement decreases the likelihood of being in very ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ self-assessed health by about 40 percent
Retirement increases the probability of suffering from clinical depression by about 40 per cent
Retirement increases the probability of having at least one diagnosed physical condition by about 60 per cent
Retirement increases the probability of taking a drug for such a condition by about 60 per cent.”
The trick to staying healthy is reaming active and busy. This necessarily does not have to mean that you maintain your job. Travelling is one great way to keep the body and mind in check. Another great idea is to perhaps earn another degree or take classes! Adopting new hobbies will also help with this purpose. Bottom line, keep yourself occupied, and if you do feel depressed yet physically capable, then perhaps looking for a simpler second career may be ideal.