Retirement is one of the great things we look forward to in life. We plan the vacations we want to take, contemplate the RV we’d like to buy and the grand road trip we’ll take in it. We may have even taken a trip to see the new homes being built in Tampa, Fl and put a down payment on a quality KB home. The dreams we weave around our new found freedom are exciting, romantic, and we can’t wait to finally be free.
But we’ve also heard the stories from the other sides; retirees who feel disillusioned, a little lost, and aimless without the direction and activity of their steady work schedule to keep them alive and kicking. Here are just a few tips to keep your golden and silver years from tarnishing.
1. Focus on Daily Exercise
Everyone knows that daily exercise is essential to health, and that is doubly true during retirement years. With increased leisure time it’s a good idea to spend some of that time getting out into the sun and moving around a little more. Work on your golf swing, take up dancing, jogging, or mountain biking. If you settle in the Tampa Bay area you’ll find lots of sun to spend time in and a multitude of parks to walk in.
Exercise is one of the best preventive medicines available. Keeping your body fit and active will ensure that you get to enjoy your retirement for many, many years.
2. Pursue a New Hobby
Some new retirees feel a little lost without the daily grind. They’ve had years of following a schedule that works for them and trying to figure out what to do with all that extra time can be frustrating for some people. One of the best ways to offset that frustration is to take up a new hobby or pursue a talent you’ve always wished you had more time for. Have you always wanted to learn watercolor painting? Take a class. Have you been dreaming of deep sea diving for years? Enroll in a class and get certified.
The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination. Tackle that dream you’ve been nurturing for the last few decades. You’ve earned the right to go after it.
3. Nurture Relationships
Many retirees experience a “second honeymoon” after retirement, finally having the time and money to spend time with each other in all the places you’ve always wanted to go. It’s a great time and one to treasure. It’s also important to remember to share that newfound zest for life and love with family and friends.
Send postcards to your kids and grandkids, call friends and plan double dates. If you’re spending part of your retirement traveling, be sure to swing by old friends houses while you’re in town and enjoy an evening out. Your schedule may have changed, but your relationships are still a treasure that need nurturing.
4. Spend Time Serving
Many retirees report that one of the most rewarding aspects of their new found freedom is the chance they have to serve others in their community. Some volunteer in local schools, others at community education programs. Some retirees find themselves going overseas, using the skills they developed for work to help individuals in disadvantaged countries to improve their lives. The need for people willing to help others is always great. You may find that the work you do after you retire from your “job” to be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done.
Your best life is ahead of you, go out and live it!