Reaching retirement is a major milestone in life, and also a major accomplishment! After decades of hard work, you’re finally able to put your feet up and relax.
With people living longer and longer, however, you may have decades ahead of you where you’re free to do as you please. But what are you going to do with all of that free time?
Traditionally, retirement always meant it was time to slow down. Nowadays, many retirees say they actually do more than they ever did whilst they worked.
Modern working habits leave little time for volunteering, physical activity, and hobbies, but retirement gives the chance to explore new avenues.
Take a look at the suggestions below if you’re looking for things to do in your golden years:
1. Get Your Paperwork in Order
Nobody likes to think about it, but the first thing you should do when you retire is to get your life insurance sorted. Head to a life insurance agency for seniors if you need help choosing a suitable insurance plan – the sooner you do this, the more peace of mind you will have.
The last thing you want whilst trying to enjoy your retirement is to be worrying about your health. You never know when tragedy might strike, and the worst thing you can do is leave your family in the lurch if something were to happen to you suddenly.
By doing this early, your family will also know all of your wishes, so they’ll be able to prepare better too.
2. Research Your Family Tree
Unfortunately, the fond memories you hold of your grandparents won’t stick around forever. Your grandchildren probably have no idea what your grandparents were called and they certainly don’t know who your cousins are.
After all, there are generations between them, and there may be no photographs to help them put names to faces. Help them out by drawing your family tree as far back as you can remember, and research those who have slipped your memory.
There are many online resources now, as well as libraries and archives, to help you find who married who. You may even find a few surprises!
Many people, places, animals, and things in this world are in desperate need of help. Luckily, you have some time on your hands to donate, and charities will be more than grateful for your help. If you have a passion for wildlife conservation, consider volunteering at a local wildlife rescue center.
Similarly, if you can’t bear to see homeless people struggling on the street, give up some time to work at a food bank or soup kitchen. Alternatively, you could join a litter picking or tree planting group and make a real difference to the planet and your local community.
People often find it difficult to find a sense of purpose during retirement, but volunteering can give you something to get up for in the morning if you’re missing that 9-5 routine.
4. Go to the Gym
Just because you’ve got a few grey hairs and your knees are a bit creaky doesn’t mean you can’t work on your figure! Working out helps you to stay active, eases your joints, and builds muscle, meaning you’re more able to do the things you love, like hiking, gardening, or swinging the grandkids around your head.
Full-time work often leaves little time for looking after yourself, so now is the perfect time to work on that six-pack and perky bum!
5. Learn a New Skill
Have you ever wished you could play the piano, sing like Adele or paint like Monet? Well, if they could do it, why can’t you? Now that you have the time on your hands, you can focus on things that you’ve never had the chance to do.
Consider learning a language – this will come in useful if you ever go abroad, so it won’t be wasted time. You could also learn to dance, which will help to keep you fit, healthy and flexible. DIY skills are particularly valuable, especially if you love home improvement.
YouTube videos are your friend here – they’re free to watch and you can get the grandkids involved too!
There are so many things to do in retirement that we could keep listing them forever. This list, however, should hopefully give you some inspiration and guidance if you were unsure how to approach the best years of your life.