Let's face it, retirement is not always what we thought it would be. Dreams of travel, event planning, and catching up with close friends often get sidelined by the reality of day-to-day life. But it's never too late to change course!
Imagine a bright, fulfilling future post-retirement even as society is pushing the stereotype of “old and Irrelevant." Here are 5 fun ways to re-engage in activities that will makes a difference:
1. Retirement your way means you get to choose:
2. Uncover-Recover-Discover who you were born to be. Children are magical before life gets hard. If you feel beaten down, connect the dots all the way back to childhood and remember what you dreamed of and wished for in child’s play. When work and play meet again, it sparks joy. And isn’t that what we wish for most in retirement?
3. Think differently about work. I retired early from corporate work because I lost tolerance for office politics. The world since Covid is much different than the one we first quarantined from in 2020. Employees have stronger voice and choice than ever before. Employers learned that they can achieve profits with greatly reduced overhead by allowing remote or hybrid workplaces. Mutual trust is required for sustainability.
4. Don’t settle. It’s a sellers market out there with good paying jobs open to every age and skill level. Consider whether you want the socialization of being with co-workers all the time, some of the time, or none of the time. Explore, interview, learn what feels right, and stay with the thing that makes your heart happiest. By now, we know life is short so don’t waste one precious minute.
5. Build a life you love. Join a club or group, travel again, take up a new hobby, volunteer, find a passion and purpose and pursue it for pleasure. Yes you can make a difference. You just have to want to, and take baby steps to get there.
6. Connection matters. Retiring can be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends. Whether it's through social media, email, or good old-fashioned snail mail, staying in touch with your friends is always a good idea. Bond with your family where you can. It may be taking care of grandchildren or just spending quality time together, family is always important.
7. Mind the body-mind connection. Staying physically active is crucial for retirees. My work in nursing homes taught me preventative steps to maintain independent living. Major glute, core, and leg muscles affect both balance and toileting. The two biggest reasons people need caregivers, closely followed by memory care. Dancing helps jog your memory and keeps joint limber. Swimming reduces stress, mentally and physically. Seniors need assistance if either body or mind become too much to self-manage.
8. Plan Ahead. Retirement is a great time to start planning for the future. Whether it's financial planning, estate planning, or simply making a bucket list, it's never too early to start thinking about what's next. There's no need to feel like retirement is the end of the road. There are plenty of ways to stay engaged and active in retirement. By following these tips, you can make the most of your retirement and enjoy a bright, fulfilling future.
As the world opens up post-pandemic, so do our options. #GiftsofCovid
Please like, share, comment here.
You can also join us on Facebook for The Grandmother Effect.