I’m older than you at almost 56, I stopped working two years in April and officially retired a year gone Christmas eve. I wish now I had done it five years ago instead of hanging on and prolonging the agony, which was what work had become.
I live alone and don’t have any dependant children so my life is probably less complicated than yours in that I mainly only have myself to please. I do have family and i am involved in looking after my grandchildren but if I’m tired no one is greatly affected if I can’t help out. I actually have time and energy to do things for my Mum these days. Although I have to say she helps me more.
I go to an exercise class twice weekly that was initiated by the Neuro Physio department, I go to an MS group every week and I either go to a friends or they come to me to eat once a week. When people say “I don’t know how I had time to work” I know exactly what they mean. I am worse physically than I was when I ceased work but mentally and emotionally I am so much better. I am more relaxed, I eat better, I sleep better and I have started to like my life again.
It is a very large step you have had to take and much much earlier than you would have wished it to be but embrace this new chapter. Take time to get used to being free to do all the things you never had time or energy to do when working. If nothing else you now have time to do the weekly shop even if it does take all day.
Best wishes and welcome to the retirement club.