Life Never Begins At Sixty


Recently, I was invited by a “Navaratna” Central Public Sector Enterprise to deliver a talk for their retiring executives. On our soulful interaction, I found these retiring executives were having following stresses in their mind, which I feel may be true with most of the retiring employees:


Life without Purpose


Most of the retirees perceive their future life as a purposeless life. The feeling of no longer being useful or productive is very difficult to be accepted. Though professionally educated/ experienced retirees can plan to join some part-time or full-time job, become volunteers, start social work or happen to be devotees of certain sect but based on my experience what majority of them don’t plan is to address the issue of mobility means not being able to drive or commute independently that make it difficult not only for many seniors but for family.


Dealing with Loneliness


At the time of retirement, you may be financially secure but retirement coincides with the time children move out and get involved in their own families. Being alone is difficult to cope with at any age and even more so in our later part of life.


While post-retirement is considered the ideal time to spend with family and friends, they may live far away or not have the time. This results in social isolation leading to depression and causing seniors to withdraw which is detrimental to their physical, mental and emotional well-being.


Losing Power


Power is of importance to every human being. It is important to self-confidence, to a sense of self-worth and to contentment. Choosing whether to have coffee or tea and what sort of clothes to have is also considered a big power.


Being Dependent


Loss of the freedom to choose or to decide e.g. to go out, to read, to converse; loss of personal dignity, loss of privacy, loss of status and position can also be a source of acute suffering – very frightening. Waiting to go to the toilet, ringing the bell to get up from bed, especially when the family members are busy, eventually, someone comes, making a bit harassed.


The underlying cause of such Stressors:


The very idea that life begins at SIXTY stands on a wrong notion. A well-lived Life is lived every day-every moment. Our Life is like Test Cricket where God gives us two innings, how well you have played in your first innings will determine your success in the second inning ultimately leading to winning the match, in life perspective achieving Nirvana.


Unfortunately, we tend to take a plunge in the profession, power and progress to the extent that we forget to take care our own health, heart and happiness. We keep on procrastinating on the pretext of “Too Busy to Breath” syndrome.


Keep in mind, no price, position or power can compensate your family for your permanent absence or live with a bed-ridden human body. We should also stop blaming the organizations or job conditions for keeping you healthy, it is your responsibility. An organization can foot the bill of your ill-health, but for your wellness, you have to take steps every day.   


Master Key to have Successful Second Inning: Staying Physically Active and Healthy


As a prerequisite, to engage after retirement with any activity, we need to be healthy both physically and mentally. 


As we grow older, leading an active lifestyle becomes even more important to our health. Light exercises can increase muscle strength and even improve balance and coordination which reduces the risk of falls and injuries.


Leading an active lifestyle also helps reduce the risk of bone loss which is one of the main causes of fractures among the elderly. However, a sound base of healthy habits starts in your first inning when you are young, productive and able to take care of your mind, body and soul and also ready to get out of sedentary lives.


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Making friendship with stress: Yoga has a promise

It’s a simple fact that stress is a part of life. No one can avoid it. Stress is the natural way we gear up to meet life’s demands; it’s the way we react to all the challenges of our day-to-day existence—mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


Imagine a person walking down a path in the woods. Suddenly he sees a lion. His heart starts pounding, hands get sweaty, and breathing gets deeper and louder. All his senses are on alert. If the lion starts to come toward him, he’ll have to be prepared. He’ll need to either run his fastest to get away or, if that option fails, fight his hardest to conquer. To create this fight-or-flight or stress response, his body has to be able to gear up very quickly to do a lot more than it usually has to do. And it has to do so whether the threat is a lion or something far more ordinary, such as a boss who’s yelling at him, or being late for work.


Stress has been given a bad rap over the years. The truth is that some stress is actually beneficial, when the threat is actual lion; it provides the driving force to fight-or-flight. It motivates us to get things done and achieve goals. Stress becomes a problem when we to feel paralyzed and overwhelmed by the challenges before us. Then worry sets in, and we feel ‘stressed’. How we experience stress is unique to each of us. Different people are stressed by different things; equally every person expresses their stress in different ways.


Here is a list of things that can change the way one deals with stress these approaches will help to better manage in an immediately stressful situation and take a longer term perspective with the aim of preventing stress peaking at dysfunctional levels.



Exercise may indeed be stress-reducing, as multiple studies have concluded, but the self-observation necessary to recognize and stop the deleterious effects of the stress response before it spirals out of control is the key. A daily Yoga practice provides the time and space to experience the sensations of the body and to interpret them. Is the breath short, are the muscles tense? The heart of Yoga practice resides in self-awareness, so it is appropriate that we turn to it for behavior modification. In this way Yoga may provide a framework to address the chronic stress response. It gives us techniques with which to analyze our own thought processes and finally to lay bear our true human identity. The promise of Yoga is not the easy arithmetic of “do this and that will happen.” The promise is that Yoga offers a path to self-discovery.



In order to change the stress response it is necessary to become familiar with relaxation. Shava-asana (corpse pose) provides the perfect training ground for relaxation. Here is an area where Yoga clearly differs from a simple exercise prescription for stress relief. Training the body to respond to the request for relaxation on a muscular level and breathing deeply create a habit of relaxation that can be very helpful in turning off the stress response.



Anyone can practice meditation. It is simple and inexpensive and, does not require any special equipment. The best part is that one can meditate anywhere – whether one is out for walk, riding bus, waiting at airport departure lounge or even before difficult business meeting. Meditation is sort of generic term for the many ways to reach a relaxed state of being. There many types of meditation, all of which share the same goal of achieving inner peace e.g. simply breathing techniques, focusing on an object, guided meditation, mantra meditation, mindfulness meditation and engage in prayer etc.


In addition to above, other stress relievers can also make us healthier and even more attractive for example, sound sleep eating right, spend time with family, keeping our emotions in check and making us more resilient to stress.

Living with bad posture can be injurious to the health

Posture is basically the position of the body in space, the relationship of the body parts—head, trunk, and limbs—to each other. Changes in posture take place when any part of the body is moved. More so; how one looks and feels is directly related to one’s posture. Despite the importance of having good posture, most of us don’t do anything to improve it. And over time, bad habits lead to fatigue, depression, pain and headaches because we think it’s normal.

Living with bad posture can cost heavily. The muscle and ligament imbalances that result from poor alignment can lead to all sorts of problems viz. Chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, Foot, knee, hip, and back injuries, Headaches, Stiffness, Fatigue, Muscle atrophy and weakness, Difficulty breathing, Digestion issues, Impingement and nerve compression, Sciatica and Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Poor Posture – How does it happen?

Often, poor posture develops because of accidents or falls. But bad posture can also develop from environmental factors or bad habits. Today, posture-related problems are increasing because we become a society that watches more television than any previous generation and we have become a more electronic society, with more and more people working at sedentary desk jobs or sitting in front of computer terminals.

Tips for keeping good posture lifelong

  1. Keep weight down – excess weight, especially around the middle, pulls on the back, weakening stomach muscles.
  2. Develop a regular program of exercise – regular exercise keeps one flexible and helps tone muscles to support proper posture.
  3. Buy good bedding – a firm mattress will support the spine and help maintain the same shape as a person with good upright posture.
  4. Pay attention to injuries from bumps, falls and jars – injuries in youth may cause growth abnormalities or postural adaptations to the injury or pain that can show up later in life.
  5. Have eyes examined – a vision problem can affect the way one carry oneself as well as cause eyestrain.
  6. Be conscious at working place ergonomics. Invest in an ergonomic chair, keyboard and mouse.
  7. Get up and stretch every half hour or hour, if possible. This will give body a break and allow organs to get the oxygen they need.
  8. Focus on exercises that strengthen core. A strong core will make it much easier for body to remain in an upright position.
  9. Practice yoga.Yoga encourages good posture. A large portion of the poses require keeping shoulders and chest broad, which open the lungs and allows breathing easily.

Posture ranks at the top of the list when we talk about good health. It is as important as eating right, exercising, getting a good night’s sleep and avoiding potentially bad habits. Good posture is a way of doing things with more energy, less stress and fatigue. Without good posture, one cannot really be physically fit.