If you have yet to retire, you are probably looking forward to retiring. When you think about retirement, what comes to mind? Lifestyle freedom or financial independence may come to mind.
Most people approaching retirement have been financially prepared for it. But for the retirement phase of your life to be truly enjoyable, you should have a holistic plan that encompasses the following:
* Emotional, social, and mental well-being
* Physical conditioning
* Financial preparedness
Retirement can start with feelings of excitement and freedom. However, boredom and anxiety can also pop up with a day job.
Take these steps to have a fulfilling, holistic retirement:
1. Consider hobbies you want to start in your new free time. Fill your time with healthy outlets. Revisit hobbies, connect with friends and family, participate in the community, or even write a book.
2. Create a bucket list of places to which you want to travel. Now that you’re no longer tied to your workplace 40 hours per week, you have much more free time to travel. Create a bucket list of places you’ve always wanted to go and things you’ve always wanted to do. Retirement is the perfect time to visit those places and do those things.
3. Look forward, not backward. Instead of regret, think about all you can accomplish in retirement. Think about the possibilities of the future instead of what hasn’t been done in the past.
4. Consider your finances and spending. When it comes to retirement, the earlier you save, the better. Do you need to adjust your spending habits in retirement? If you want to bring in extra income during retirement, consider taking on a part-time job.
5. Stay connected. Staying connected with others and having conversations regularly is a great way to keep your mind sharp and heart full. Start a weekly breakfast club, invite family over regularly, and join groups to stay connected.
6. Develop a routine. Developing a way will give you stability in retirement. You can incorporate regular activities that keep you healthy: fitness classes, game nights with friends, a daily walk, etc.
7. Do activities that will keep your mind sharp. As you get older, you must continue doing activities that exercise your brain. It can be as simple as having regular conversations with others. Alternatively, you can participate in activities such as playing chess and reading.
8. Continue to eat healthy and be as active as possible. Getting older does not have to mean less activity. In retirement, you have more time to be active and care for your health.
* Consider which fitness or aerobic activities for seniors you can join.
* Take regular walks in nature. Identify parks or paths that can keep you healthy.
9. Plan volunteer work. Is there an organization or cause where you can volunteer? Think about organizations near and dear to your heart, and start connecting with their staff.
10. Connect with your purpose. Retirement is also an opportunity to address longstanding life issues that have bothered you. Review your beliefs and evaluate your life.
Connect to your inner and outer purpose. Seek guidance from someone else, attend church, or take a course to take steps towards inner peace.
Retirement is an incredible time to reconnect with yourself, travel to places you’ve always wanted to go and fill your time with fulfilling hobbies.
Although all this free time might feel hard to fill at first, do things like take classes and connect with others. Being involved in the community can help you find purpose and peace.
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