The unexpected restlessness of retirement

Years of keeping busy at work means that suddenly having time to do nothing leaves you stressed out and restless. Who knew?

Three in 10 Singaporeans and permanent residents do not know how to relax, according to a 2019 Sentosa Development Corporation survey. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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Picture this. After many farewell lunches, final goodbyes and the handing over of the company laptop and security pass, you wave goodbye to colleagues and take one last look at the workplace that was your second home for decades. Then you head home.

The next morning you wake up early as usual but then realise you don’t have to go to work anymore. You are retired.

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