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Top Activities for Taking Advantage of Your Retirement
Posted on: 22 June 2021 by Jacqui Coombe
Unless you’re young and feel immortal, you’ve probably given some thought to how we’d like to spend our retirement years. Read these tips to enjoying a long and happy retirement.
Unless you’re young and feel immortal (meaning you’re probably under 25), you’ve probably given some thought to how we’d like to spend our retirement years. And whether it’s relaxing on a cruise ship or just pottering in the garden, your options are only limited by two things: imagination and finances.
But with so many choices these days, deciding how to spend your free time can be hard to get your head around. So here are some suggestions you may not have thought of, along with some tips to enjoying a long and happy retirement.
Things to do in retirement
Some people think of retirement as slowing down, but that doesn’t have to be the case. While you may not be able to push yourself quite as much as you might once have, many retirees still have the same passion and drive of your younger days, coupled with a lifetime of hard-earned experience.
Armed with that, the world is your oyster – and the following are just a few of the ways you could choose to make the most of your newly found free time.
- Write a book – they say everyone has at least one book in them, so if you have a story to tell, sit down and write it.
- Read a book – if you used to be an avid reader but haven’t had time for a while, retirement can be a great opportunity to reconnect with the magic of reading.
- Get in shape – if your diet and exercise regime have suffered over the years, retirement is the perfect time to work on your fitness. Even something as simple and low-impact as yoga can be a great way to introduce light exercise into your day.
- Grow a garden – gardening is an activity that can add years to your life, and there’s nothing like being outdoors amongst nature.
- Learn to cook – retirement would give you the time to develop your culinary skills and start producing dishes you’ll be proud of.
- Educate yourself – get that degree you’ve always wanted or study a subject that interests you. Nowadays, you can learn anything you want online.
- Educate others – if you have a lifetime of experience you want to pass on, becoming a tutor would allow you to give younger generations the benefit of your knowledge.
- Renovate – if you’re prepared to learn the skills to do it yourself, retirement can give you the dream home you always wanted, but never had time to create.
- Learn to play an instrument – taking up an instrument such as the guitar or piano can be a fulfilling experience and you’ll have time to really master your craft.
- Travel – go cruising, become a grey nomad, take day trips or even house swap to spend time living somewhere new.
- Take up a hobby – there are so many hobbies these days, you can do virtually anything. And from skydiving to pole dancing, they sure ain’t what they used to be.
- Take up a sport – retirement doesn’t mean you can’t be athletic. If you love footy, cricket, tennis or golf, get out there and give them a go.
Tips to retirement happiness
The important thing about retirement is not just to stay busy but to be happy as well, and these tips can help you find that happiness.
- If you don’t want to – or can’t afford to – retire, you could consider taking a year’s sabbatical instead, or get a part-time job, become a consultant, or start your own business.
- If retirement means you’re not around others as much, don’t sit at home. Stay vital by joining a club or social group, adopt a rescue pet or volunteer so that you’re out and about and interacting with people.
- If you’re not good with technology, retirement is the time to learn. It can open up new worlds for you and can be a great means of staying in touch with family and grandchildren if they don’t live nearby.
- If your income in retirement is lower than when you were working, remember to take full advantage of the large number of seniors and pensioner discounts that are available.
- And if you’re lucky enough to have your health, no responsibilities and a little money in the bank, embrace your retirement for what it is … a whole new chapter of your life with unlimited possibilities.
Enjoy your retirement today
Take the time to sit down and work out what activities you will enjoy during your retirement, and make a plan for how to best spend your time. Make it the time of your life!