Paige A. Mitchell
The average American hopes to retire by the age of 66. However, what retirees plan to do with their time is a little less concrete. For people who have spent the last 40 to 50 years working, having unlimited amounts of free time can be a huge adjustment.
If you’re looking for great ways to occupy your time after leaving the workforce, there are lots of options for you to consider.
Keep reading to learn six ways to keep busy after retirement.
1. Volunteer at a local organization
Giving back your local community or finding a volunteer organization that aligns with your beliefs can be a worthwhile way to spend your retirement. Not only will volunteering help you fill your free time, but it’ll also give you a priceless sense of purpose and it can challenge you in ways that make you feel valued. There’s no shortage of organizations looking for volunteers, and many places value seniors for the wisdom and experience they can offer.
2. Join a gym
If you’re hoping to stay in great shape and maintain your independence, joining a gym or taking fitness classes could be the first step. During your golden years, exercise can be extremely important. Regularly working out can lower your chances of heart attacks and strokes. Physical activity can also have positive effects on mental health and can help reduce the risk of dementia.
3. Put the finishing touches on your dream home
Are there projects around your house that you’ve been putting off for years?
Retiring means you’ll have more time for home repairs you may have been neglecting. Whether it’s upgrading your appliances or turning a spare bedroom into a reading room, you’ll have the freedom to explore making the changes you’ve always wanted to see.
Since you’ll probably be at home more often, retirement is the perfect time to make sure your space is as comfortable as possible. Don’t forget to sit back and enjoy the beautiful home you’ve worked so long and hard to create.
When you’re working a full-time job, it’s not easy to travel as much as you might like. Once you enter retirement, you’ll have more time to visit all of the places you’ve been wanting to see. Whether you go on an international excursion or simply want to check out some nearby cities you haven’t had the chance to visit, retirement will allow you to explore like never before.
5. Try something new
Life education continues long after retirement. You can keeping learning and trying new things every day. Make it your mission to incorporate one new meal—or even ingredient—to your weekly menu. Or learn a new language one word at a time. New activities can lead to fun discoveries, like walking a new trail or finding a new restaurant.
6. Become a mentor
After years of being in the workforce, you’ve gained a wealth of great experience and insight in your field and life in general. There may be a young adult out there who could benefit from all of the lessons you’ve learned Connecting with someone who appreciates the knowledge you have to offer can makes us feel valued while also helping us stay social and active.
Many people have put so much time and effort into building their career, that leaving it behind can make them feel lost. Some people may even be afraid that they’ll start to become isolated once they stop working. But the truth is, there are so many things out there to enjoy once you decide to retire.
Retirement doesn’t have to mean that you’re stuck in the house all day. Instead, it could be the start of a new adventure.
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