The Health Risks of Early Retirement

If you’re not giving mental and physical health the same level of attention as your financial health, you’re playing with fire. In this episode, Jason talks with Eric about what steps he’s taking to prioritize his own wellness in early retirement, including a frank conversation about mental health. Here they discuss steps to promote wellness, the distinct challenges of retirement, and much more. Be sure to check out the show notes below, which include a link to a blog post Jason wrote to go along with this episode.


Show Notes

Subsequent to recording this episode, Jason wrote a blog post called “Let’s talk about mental health“. Check it out for additional insight beyond the conversation in this video.

Essential Background:

As we discussed in the episode, both Eric and Jason read physician Peter Attia’s book Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity”. In the latter’s opinion, this is among the most important books retirees (or those anywhere on a FIRE path!) should read. To obtain a copy of this book in paperback, Kindle ebook, or Audible audiobook (read by the author), check out this link.

Unbeknownst to us at the time, we recorded this conversation on World Mental Health Day. For more on the essential topic of mental health and wellbeing, be sure to check out the WHO’s webpage on this subject.


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2 Replies to “The Health Risks of Early Retirement”

  1. Best show yet! Jason I totally respect and appreciate you willingness to open up and share this sensitive topic. I can totally relate. I have been on SSRIs for 20 years and it made a tremendous difference in my life. I listen to a number of finance podcasts and, as you said this is hardly ever discussed. This impacts a significant number of people and your being willing to share, I’m sure will, really make a difference in many people’s lives.

    Love the show in general. I found you guys about 6 months ago and am working my way thru them all for the beginning. Keep it up. You guys are fabulous!

  2. Thank you for the candid conversation. Jason, your journey and process at this stage parallels ours. So much to be thankful for yet still unsatisfied.
    I look forward to learning more from you as you discover more.
    Nicole

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