Wed, 27 July 2022
Dealing with a bear market after the trials and tribulations of the past 3 years may have you feeling like you are being punched while you are down. Many of us are feeling burnt out and are wondering when the punches will ever end.
In this episode of Retirement Answer Man, we’ll discuss how we can deal with this issue. Kevin Lyles joins me in the Coach’s Corner to offer his perspective on dealing with burnout. I’ll also answer some fantastic listener questions that range from how to decumulate during a bear market to how to plan for retirement with a disengaged spouse. Don’t miss this episode especially if you feel like you might soon be down for the count.
It seems like the world keeps punching us while we’re down
The past 3 years have dealt us one blow after another. Covid took us all by surprise in March of 2020 and was followed quickly by the fastest bear market in history, a total economic shutdown, quarantines, work-life disruptions, and so much worry about our health and the state of the world.
2021 wasn’t much better with the political polarization of the election, Covid’s continuation, mask and vaccine questions, and more
2022 brought raging inflation, rising interest rates, war, and worldwide instability. And still, Covid rages on.
Our normal rhythm of life has been disrupted. Without that rhythm, it's hard to create stability to ground yourself. No wonder so many of us are feeling burned out. We have more than our fair share of dents in our armor.
Incremental changes are often the best course of action
It makes sense if you are feeling worn out, but how you respond to these stressors is important. It may seem like drastic action is the best action to take, but during challenging times, often incremental changes are the best course of action. Small changes can help you avoid major unforced errors.
You may want to take a cue from Muhammad Ali and take the punches while you are pinned against the ropes and conserve your energy until you have the opportunity to react.
Steps you can take to deal with burnout
If you are feeling the effects of the past 3 years weighing down on you conserve your energy and then see if you can take these steps to take action.
Make sure to check out next month’s series on how to build a heroic retirement. Don’t forget to reply to the 6-Shot Saturday newsletter if you have any advice for Anna on planning retirement with a disengaged spouse.
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE OF THE RETIREMENT ANSWER MAN
PRACTICAL PLANNING SEGMENT
COACH’S CORNER WITH KEVIN LYLES
TODAY’S SMART SPRINT SEGMENT
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
Boomer Benefits - check them out at no cost to you!
BOOK - The Expectation Effect by David Robson
Roger’s YouTube Channel - Roger That
BOOK - Rock Retirement by Roger Whitney
Roger’s Retirement Learning Center