Responder Retirement | The Importance of Sleep
Chief Josh Adams is back to talk to Austin about the difficulties of planning for retirement from being a first responder as well as about the importance of sleep, rest, and recharging (and how difficult it can be).
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Tips on How to Prepare for Retirement?
Talk to Family
Talk to your family about what you're going through. Don't try to deal with everything on your own! Sharing your thoughts and feelings with those closest to you can help make the transition a bit easier.
Get Professional Help
Seek out a first responder rehab or treatment. There are many programs out there that can help you deal with the mental health issues that often come with this job.
Stay active and continue doing the things you love. Staying busy will help keep your mind off of retirement and make the adjustment process a bit smoother.
Connect with other retired first responders. There are support groups out there for people who have gone through what you're going through. Talking to others who understand what you're going through can be really helpful in terms of feeling understood and not so alone.
Retirement may seem like a long way away, but it's never too early to start planning for it. Make a budget, figure out what you want to do with your free time and set some goals for yourself. Having a plan will help make the transition smoother when the time comes.
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