After working for decades, suddenly finding yourself retired can be a bit of a challenge. No alarm clock. No commute. No office. Sounds like heaven! But at the same time, it’s easy to become bored, isolated and sedentary none of which are good for your health.
You’re going to need something to do. If you haven’t retired yet, here are some ideas to pin to the fridge. And if you have retired, consider this your bucket list!
Fill your free time by giving back to your community. There are countless volunteer opportunities, even in the smallest community. For example, the library, an animal shelter, a seniors’ home, a hospice, your church and the food bank.
9.Join a gym
Think of the gym as a coffee shop where you work out. It’s very social and good for you. You don’t have to pump iron, either. Many gyms have special programs for seniors. If there’s a walking track, you can join a walking club and stroll several kilometres a day, while chatting away.
8.Start a charity
Starting a charity isn’t as difficult as it sounds and it’s a way of paying society back. You can take on issues locally, like homelessness. Or, look further afield and help relieve poverty in the developing world.
If you’re on a tight budget and still want to travel extensively or for long periods, take a look at house swapping and house sitting. With house swapping, you move into someone else’s house and they move into yours. You can easily find yourself in Scotland or Mexico or Australia for several months.
If you’ve got time on your hands, why not use it to reconnect with family, old friends and former co-workers. You can spend hours hanging out and solving the world’s problems. If there are a bunch of retirees from your office, why not have monthly get-togethers?
5.Start/join a book club or film club
Another great way to meet people and expand your knowledge is to start or join a book or film club. Discover new books and films from different genres and discuss!.
4.Get a hobby
Retirement is a great time to take up a new hobby or take an existing one to the next level. There are plenty of options to fit any interest. Think about one where you interact with other people, like cooking classes. Photography is a great hobby, too as you can combine it with travel and go in search of that perfect shot.
3.Be a mentor
If you have valuable skills and still like working in your field without all the pressures, think about becoming a mentor. You’ll spend time working with young people at the beginning of their careers, and it’s a great way of giving back.
2.Go back to school
If you’ve always wanted to learn more about subjects that you’re interested in, your retirement years are perfect for heading back to school. You can finish that degree or audit some courses. Learning how to paint or play the guitar are good ideas too, as you’ll fill your days practising.
Travel is a great way to spend your retirement time, especially at the beginning when you’re still healthy. You can take your time and see the world. If money is a concern, stick close to home and see all the sights your community has to offer.