Your golden years can be the time when you get to reintroduce yourself to the world and discover plenty of new facts about yourself. Instead of wondering what you should do now and how to move on from having to go to work every day to staying at home all day, start engaging yourself into new activities. Carpe diem should be your new moto because now that you’re retired all you have is time and you might as well put it to good use if you plan to live a healthy and happy life during your retirement years.
Keeping in touch with your friends, or finding new ones is essential for a happy life. We’re a social species and it’s in our nature to interact with others and not spend time in isolation. Instead of being alone and risking becoming depressed due to the lack of social activities, think about hosting book nights, playdates with your and your friend’s grandchildren, or maybe go to the community centre and ask around about what other retirees do to entertain themselves.
Don’t neglect physical activity
Just because you’re older now, it doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid all physical activity. If you were able to hit the treadmill in your 40s, you can do some light exercises in your 60s or 70s as well. Brisk walking, swimming, or riding a bike for 30 minutes a day, are just some of the moderate exercises you could engage in in order to keep your health in check. Make sure you have a regular physical exam at your doctor’s before you start exercising, just so that you know which exercises you should do and which to avoid in case they discover something’s not okay with your health. Aerobics exercises support the cardiovascular system, so feel free to do a bit of those too if the doctor approves.
Decide where you want to live
The older we get, the more support and company we need. Be it for your mental or physical health, having someone around every day helps you overcome the loneliness and offers you a certain form of security in case something were to happen to you. If you’re living alone, with all the children moved out and no spouse to make your retirement years fulfilling, you might want to consider moving to a new home. Moving to a retirement home may be a good idea in this case. Elderly care facilities can offer you the best possible care, company and peace of mind. You’ll always have experienced staff to help you around with anything you need, you’ll meet an array of lovely people and spend your golden years knowing there’s always somebody to attend to your every need.
Volunteer work, for example, is one of the great activities that will help you fill your free time while also allowing you to give back to the community. This will also give you a strong sense of purpose, improve your self-esteem, and make you feel happy and healthy. Volunteering will also give you an opportunity to meet various interesting people, which can only contribute to your mental and emotional health. You never know when the next spark can fly, so you might just fall in love again. It’s never too late to rekindle old flames either, so if your spouse is willing to try out new things with you, feel free to start spending more time together while rediscovering yourselves.
Connect with your loved ones again
Now that you don’t have to worry about running to the office and finishing your projects late at night, you can make more time for your grandchildren and children. Therefore, think about organizing a weekly gathering at your place, where you’ll spend an entire Sunday afternoon together, for example. BBQ, drinks, swings, board games and the good old reminiscing with photo albums will allow you to connect with your family again and start enjoying your retirement with them by your side. Offer to pick up your grandchildren from school or take them to their extracurricular activities, to clear out their parent’s schedule a little since you have more free time now. Babysit more often, teach your grandkids stuff their parents can’t, and of course, spoil them a little. That’s what grandparents are best at, after all.
Retirement can be the best period of life if you only learn how to make it grand. First and foremost, you should take care of your health and spend time with people. Make sure you’re active enough, try new things, reconnect with your family and your golden years will be the best years of your life.