22 Sep Baby Boomers Guide to Life Coaching
So few people consider using a life coach: for baby boomers with a reputation for independent pride, their attitude is sometimes: ‘I can look after my own life, thanks, I don’t need someone else’s advice for that…’ Well perhaps there is something to be said for being master of your own destiny. However, it seems a little short sighted (another problem in older age) to dismiss modern and useful ideas for the sake of being stubborn and insular.
Life coaching can turn your life around. Baby boomers at the mature side of life rather than the beginning can sometimes experience something of a crisis when work is no longer viable, the kids have left home in pursuit of their own families and careers, the partner may be gone, friends are moving away and your social life is dying with them. How depressing!
There is no need to look at life with a pessimistic attitude that declares you to be a victim of age and circumstance. The whole of life should be experienced and all of its events, both sad and happy, should be taken as a rich tapestry to be viewed and appreciated regardless. Life coaching teaches how to put traumatic events into perspective and also how to know when more professional assistance is required for emotional problems.
Much of life coaching for baby boomers entails a change of attitude to events that occur throughout middle and older age. For professional people who spend their lives in pursuit of gaining qualifications that enable them to practice, the time spent actually imparting their expertise can seem all too short before they are suddenly deemed to be too elderly for adequate use.
Early retirement can bring resentment and boredom. Hobbies and pastimes are often pursued too competitively for relaxation and the person ends up being a party pooper nobody wants to be friends with. A life coach can change all that and re-package attitudes, making the person more acceptable and nicer to know. Life’s changes can be a sudden shock, especially for those who thought their careers would extend into their booming senior years.
In retirement, life undergoes a permanent metamorphosis. Nothing is ever quite the same again. Dealing with all that alone can sometimes be too big a mountain to climb for even the most intelligent and well balanced baby boomers. The process of life coaching is a harnessing of emotional intelligence and involves redirecting energy toward a more productive set of social behavioral patterns. Life coaching can take the heat out of retirement and make the experience more enriching by putting focus on the important issues to be addressed and teaching how to leave the silly, trivial problems that complicate life to one side.
When finding a life coach, take care to ask for references and make sure you secure the services of a reputable professional. There are plenty of charlatans available online who have no actual ability to life coach but are there solely to secure deposit payments from the unsuspecting public before disappearing under a cloud. Also, never invite the person into your home until you are sure of their background and credentials.
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