What Can I Do Now That I’ve Retired?

Guest post by David

Many people can’t figure out what they want to do when they retire, or if they want to retire at all, but actually retirement is a new lease of life. All those things you’ve never found the time to do, like travelling the world, making repairs to the house, taking up a hobby or even starting a second career, can all be made possible through retirement. You’ve already done the hard part, getting up early every morning, working your way through a valued and rewarding career and taking care of your family financially. So when the time does come to hang up your boots, don’t shy away from it – embrace it! Let’s take a look at some of the best things you can do when you retire.

Get a Job

No, we’re not crazy, and we are actually suggesting you get a job after you retire. Getting a job will help you to ease yourself into retirement, as many people find it hard to simply stop working after a lifetime of employment. It doesn’t have to be a demanding job, or even a well-paid one, but it will have to keep you engaged until you find something to focus your attention on. For example, if you like to garden, then why not work Saturdays at your local gardening centre, or if you enjoy fashion you could put in a few hours a week at your nearest charity shop, sorting out the good stuff from the bad.

Instead of working for money, you could also volunteer, and this vocation attractions millions of retired people every year. Not only is it rewarding, but you also get to mentor the younger generation of the industry you worked in. Furthermore, if you’re looking enter into a second career when you retire, volunteering could help you better understand the role you wish to perform in.

Sport

Sadly, not a lot of working people get time to play sport, from long office hours to stressful family life. However once you’re retired, you’ll have all the time in the world to play any sport you’ve missed out on, or even pick up a few new ones! As you get older, you’ll have to place more focus on looking after your body, and sport is a great way to keep your muscles active and your heart healthy. Sport also promotes social interaction, and although sitting in doors all day and catching up on missed programs seems appealing, interacting with others is essential to enjoying your retirement. Speaking of interaction, retiring with Extra care is a great way to keep active in your later years, so be sure to check them out before you hit that golf course!

Travel

We all know how expensive going on holiday can be, however once you retire and you get that huge financial package you’ve been waiting for, the world is literally your oyster! You don’t have to settle for one destination either – you can travel the world city after city, from one side of the globe to the other. Furthermore, travelling with a partner always makes your trip more enjoyable, so bring a loved one along! 

David enjoys writing about retirement and discussing potential avenues to explore once retired.

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