The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?

My bid to find meaning in retirement gets underway today and I’ve found an interesting article in Psychology Today, here’s an excerpt: “No matter how much you look forward to retirement, you may wake up the morning after your last day at work and feel sadness or anxiety. For decades, your days and weeks were structured. SometimesContinue reading “The search for meaning, part 2. What nourishes my soul?”

May I continue to feel good

Am starting to feel good as May comes to an end.  I’ve got used to the lockdown restrictions just as they are coming to an end.  At the same time I’m looking forward to the resumption of normal life as we head into June. Despite the unprecedented challenges of the last few months I’ve maintainedContinue reading “May I continue to feel good”

My bumper strawberry harvest begins

My first strawberry – a perfect little fruity miracle amidst the pandemic doom and gloom – appeared this morning a month ahead of schedule. I usually start harvesting my strawberries just before Wimbledon – which along with all the other fun events of Britain’s notoriously short summer season – is cancelled. Wimbledon was due toContinue reading “My bumper strawberry harvest begins”

Back on the tennis courts but no ball touching allowed!

Tennis made its long awaited return to my life yesterday. After nearly three months off court I decided to book 10 coaching lessons.  I’m hoping the long lay-off  may help me reshape my game under the careful tutelage of the club coach. I had a long list of issues that needed ironing out including myContinue reading “Back on the tennis courts but no ball touching allowed!”

How I’m dealing with my retirement anxiety

I wrote yesterday that like many across the world I’ve been feeling more anxious during this pandemic lockdown. I had hoped that retirement – and leaving behind the stress of work – would bring with it a new calm, chilled existence. That hasn’t happened and the monotony of these two months of confinement has broughtContinue reading “How I’m dealing with my retirement anxiety”

This virus has heightened my retirement anxiety levels

This time last week when a few neighbours gathered to mark VE Day I was offered a can of lager. After a convivial hour or so and a couple of gin and tonics, without thinking, I accepted and drank straight from the can. It was outside, which is supposed to be safer, and the neighbourContinue reading “This virus has heightened my retirement anxiety levels”

Am trying turmeric

Since lockdown I’ve been feeling more aches and pains.  At first I thought it was the fluey onset of the dreaded coronavirus but the dull aches didn’t go away nor, thankfully, did the more severe symtoms of Covid-19 develop. Slowly I’ve started to conclude that these are just the aches and pains of ageing, perhapsContinue reading “Am trying turmeric”

The news is still all bad, unless you’re a penguin!

A big part of my Sunday morning ritual used to be watching The Andrew Marr Show as I eat the big breakfast lovingly cooked and brought to me in bed by Mrs Jones. Since coronavirus it’s just too depressing to watch so instead I get my news from the morning newspaper – and what aContinue reading “The news is still all bad, unless you’re a penguin!”

I’m running out of patience with all the negative news

Struggled to drag myself out of bed this morning.  It was another restless night’s sleep hampered by this totally unexplained knot of anxiety in my lower abdomen keeping me awake.  After two hours of just lying there after Mrs Jones left for work I finally motivated myself to get out of bed and go forContinue reading “I’m running out of patience with all the negative news”

Time to download the Headspace mindfulness app

Enough is enough!  After another very restless night’s sleep which according to my fitbit comprised of just five hours’ shut-eye – which felt like less – I’ve decided to take the plunge and try meditation. I need to do something because once I wake up in the middle of the night I just cannot clearContinue reading “Time to download the Headspace mindfulness app”

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