etirement is a time of great change. You may be looking forward to it with excitement and anticipation, but there are also many challenges that come with retirement that you need to prepare for.
One of the biggest challenges is boredom. In order to avoid becoming bored in retirement, you should make sure you have a plan for the next stage of your life.
Here are four simple tips on how to embrace retirement:
Try volunteering at a local charity or organization that interests you. Volunteering is not only good for your health but also gives you a sense of purpose beyond yourself—and when we feel like we're helping others, we feel happier too!
Find out if there are any opportunities for seniors; many places will have volunteer programs specifically designed for people who have retired from their careers or who are retired from their families and want something meaningful to do with their time now that they're free from those responsibilities.
To learn more about where to volunteer and how you can get involved in your community, watch this class How to Find Volunteer & Remote Job Opportunities!
Go to the local community college and take some classes. It's a great way to learn new things, meet new people, and have fun while you're at it! You can even get credit towards your degree if you want to go back eventually!
Sign up for online courses through Coursera or Udemy. These websites offer hundreds of free courses on everything from computer science to management skills. You can also pay for premium versions that come with certificates of completion (and sometimes even job assistance).
Or try a class on GetSetUp! It's an online learner platform with a community of active older adults. There are so many classes to choose from!
Find a hobby.
Hobbies are great ways to get out of the house and meet new people. If you don't know where to start, try these:
- Go on hikes with friends (or by yourself)
- Learn how to cook something new each week (and invite friends over so they can try it!)
- Take up woodworking or painting or pottery-making or watercolor painting or crocheting or knitting—there are tons of hobbies out there! Just find something that interests you and get started!
- Try creating crafts from what you already have! Recycled crafts is a great way to get creative, have fun and reuse/recycle. To learn more about how to create recycled crafts, check out our class here Recycled Crafts: Making the Most Out Of What You Already Have.
It's important to keep yourself engaged and active while you're retired, so try finding something new that interests you!
There are tons of ways to stay active in retirement—you can go for hikes and walks, join a yoga class or take up tennis lessons (or better yet, try both!). Even if it’s just walking around the neighborhood, getting out and moving around will help keep your mind sharp, improve your mood and energy levels, and make it easier for you to sleep at night.
You'll feel better both physically and mentally when you can stay active! Try out one of our fitness classes on GetSetUp and get moving! You can watch our morning fitness class here: Morning Fitness - Let's Get Moving (aerobic exercise).
Some people find retirement to be the most exciting time of their lives, but for others, it can be a challenge.
We hope this article helped you learn some ways to avoid becoming bored in retirement.