You spent your entire adult life working and now retirement is just around the corner. Change is difficult, so the transition from a 9-to-5 job to complete and total freedom may feel strange, but it’s a change you will learn to embrace. To help make the transition easier, we have provided a list of nine things to do during retirement.
Nine things to do During Retirement
The nine things we are about to share aren’t like other lists, which are sure to have travel, sports and bucket list activities. Our list is all about enjoying the little things in life, because as they saying goes, that’s what matters most.
1. Be grateful.
Studies show that not only does gratitude help your outlook on life, it also can help your physical health. There’s always something you can find to be appreciative of, from the smallest breath to the biggest idea. Expressing gratitude helps frame your mind to be more positive, and gives it concrete examples to focus on.
2. Surround yourself with good people.
This should not come as a surprise, but having positive, loving, creative people in your life makes you feel better than having negative, nasty people in your life. You’ve heard you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with – make it a good group!
3. Read more books.
Expand your mind and learn something new, or curl up with an old favorite. Whether you like cozy mysteries or the latest thrillers, historical biographies, vampire fantasies or self help books, you can find a genre you enjoy and escape inside a book when your brain needs a break from technology.
4. Teach your grandchildren about saving.
By now, you know that saving regularly is the key to your financial future. You most likely passed this knowledge on to your children, now you can educate your grandchildren. Let them understand the importance of consistently contributing to a retirement plan, like a Self-Directed IRA.
5. Drink more water.
It helps every part of your body, helps your skin stay clear, encourages healthy blood flow and can help alleviate or prevent headaches. It helps your body digest the food you eat and encourages the elimination of waste.
6. Invest in yourself.
If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, get an app to start learning! If you think crocheting is interesting, look up some videos online. If you’ve always wanted to take apart a car engine and put it back together, find someone who can mentor you. Or maybe join the gig economy. If there is a job you were always interested in, but never had the time to pursue, take it on part-time.
7. Move your body.
Some people like running. Some people like zumba, yoga, pilates, burpees or mud runs. Find something you like that stretches your body the way you’re stretching your mind. It can be challenging, but it should definitely be fun. The idea is to get your body to enjoy moving. Take a ballroom dance class, or look up a routine online and try the moves yourself. When you move your body you free your mind up to think about other things, and this can be when creativity sprouts.
8. Set goals and celebrate reaching them.
You’ve heard of SMART goals, which are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely and this is a great way to set aims for your life. You can’t hit a target if you don’t know what the target is and you need to define the target for it to be SMART. No matter what it is, having goals gives you something to strive for, everyday. And when you’ve achieved a goal, celebrate it. Make a small ritual or a big celebration out of it, and recognize the effort and work you put into your dream and that it was a success.
9. Be present.
Mindfulness can be hard. There are so many distractions vying for attention – social media being one of the most intrusive. This is not a call for banning technology, just a reminder to be present where you are. If you’re playing a game on your phone and you don’t want to spend more than 10 minutes doing that, be aware of your time. Set an alarm. Be fully in the game while you’re playing it – that’s being present, too. But when you put the phone down to talk to a friend, be there for the friend. Be there when you are setting your goals, planning your future, baking a cake. Find your focus in everything you do so you can truly be where you are.