How to keep active during retirement
You’ve done the hard part: spent a lifetime getting out of bed and going to work, taken care of your family, and saved up for a nice, long retirement. But what exactly do you do to fill all your hard earned free time? Boredom and depression are some common reactions people have to retirement, where there seems to be so much time and so little to do. Fight off restlessness by focusing on recreational activities or volunteer work to keep busy.
You have all the time in the World – write Your Journal
This could be in the form of letters to your living relatives, or journal entries every day. Recording your past experiences and adventures will allow you to share these moments with loved ones and relay life lessons to others.
- Start by recording your memories in a journal or writing letters to a specific family member, such as your children or grandchildren. Try to write a little every day to get into the habit of writing down your thoughts and memories.
- You could also take a memoir writing class at your local college or university. Many university-level classes are free or discounted for seniors.
- Do what I did, enroll in a University course for three years a get a degree course. You might surprise yourself.
Catch up on all those books you promised yourself to read
Maybe you have an ongoing list of books you’ve been keeping all these years for when you have the time to delve into them. Head to your local library and work your way through a book list, whether it’s a personal one you have been keeping, or a comprehensive book list of Western classics the top thrillers and mysteries non-fiction must-reads , or great sci-fi books.
- You can also choose a specific genre or topic that you are interested in and focus on reading as much about a topic as possible. For example, World War II historical fiction, or woodworking.
- Ordering books online is easier than ever now on Amazon or Indigo. Simply googling the title or author of the book, look for it online, and order it for fast and cheap shipping straight to your door.
- Books on tape, or audio books, are also a good option if you prefer resting your eyes and listening to a good book read by a professional actor or voice artist.
Learn a new language.
I did a degree in German Language and German Literature. Get those your brain cells moving by learning a new language, it will keep your mental facilities sharp and clear. Try a computer-based language program like Rosetta Stone or Duolingo. There are also over 48 languages, from Spanish to French to Chinese, that you can learn online for free through courses you can download and complete at your own pace.
If you are looking for a reason to get out of the house, sign up for a language class where you do in person activities and practice sessions to improve your conversation skills. It builds your confidence to speak another language when you visiting abroad.
Be Physically Active
My wife and I have joined a gym and its the best decision we made. Staying active is another important way to stay busy during retirement. A physical activity like tennis, golfing, swimming, or jogging, done once a week, can keep you healthy and grounded. If you’re looking to meet other people or socialize, go for team activities or sports. I don’t see myself as a senior member just a very active and energetic one.
- Look for master classes set up for older or senior participants. Sign up for a specific class to allow you to meet other people and socialize.
- You can also sign up for lessons or classes to improve your serve or your breaststroke. These classes will also help you meet other people who may be interested in the same hobbies or activities as you.
Did you know there are worldwide meet up groups that will suit your needs, start meeting up with a group near you?
Take a Cruise with your Partner
Want to meet friends and see exotic places at the same time take a cruise – consult your travel agent for various destinations
and you get senior special deals.
Early Retirement does not mean an Early Death
According to the latest research on retired men, it was suggested that those retiring from work younger are more likely to die earlier than those staying in jobs. Most men continue working until retirement age and find they cant cope being at home doing nothing.
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Retiring does not mean the end of life – it’s the beginning of a new and exciting journey. Retirement comes with wonderful benefits FREEDOM! to do whatever You want to DO NOW!