A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying Life in Retirement

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Everyone’s retirement is different. While some intend on starting a whole new career in retirement, others want to travel the world and see as much of it as they can, and others just want to put their legs up and have some well-deserved rest. In the end, everyone’s retirement is individual to their needs.

Whatever you plan on doing during retirement, there are some things to keep in mind that will help you enjoy yourself and make the most of what you are doing and experiencing. These tips are universal and we hope they will push you in the right direction!

Don’t blow your financial plans

Sticking to your budget is essential in retirement. The last thing you want is to be in need of a financial injection. See professionals about budgeting your pension and savings out appropriately and make sure that you have enough to help support your family with, too.

Staying within your means is often a hard feature of retirement. If you realize that your pension isn’t going to be enough, or your savings have drained away more than you previously thought, you might want to start planning a new method of income to help ease you through retirement.

Spend time with your family and friends

Retirement is a great time to renew your relationships with friends that you may have lost touch with over the years. You could schedule meetings every week, based around doing something you all enjoy – bingo is often a popular pastime.

You’ll also have more time to spend with your children and grandchildren, if you have any. Try and see them as much as possible, you’ll be grateful you did. You should use your time to enjoy the company of your family, as well as make some investments in your health.

Keep your body in shape

Speaking of investments in your health, it is especially important at this stage in life to keep your body healthy and happy. This means the classic healthy diet and a practical exercise regime.

Fad foods come and go, but these are without doubt tried and true recommendations for eating well: drink lots of water, eat high-fiber foods and a large number of vegetables and fruits. If you need supplements to achieve your daily recommended amount of vitamins and minerals, invest in high-quality ones from trusted sources.

Exercise doesn’t mean running a marathon. Be considerate of your body and its needs before those of your ego. Gentle exercise is exercise nonetheless. Take a long walk in the morning or evening, or take up yoga or Tai Chi – these Eastern practices are known for improving the mind-body connection.

Finally, remember that what not to do hasn’t changed: don’t smoke or drink in excess, and don’t forget to visit the doctor regularly for a check-up.

Try something new

There’s nothing like keeping things fresh, even in old age. You may have a massive list of things you’ve always wanted to do when you retired. Even if you don’t, it’s never too late to make up a list after you’re settled into your retirement. Make some plans and then make them happen.

You could volunteer for a charity you’ve always supported. You could do a world tour of all the places you’ve always wanted to see. You could also fulfill your lifelong dream of buying and fixing up that old classic car you’ve had your eye on for ages.

You could even move to a different country for a year or two, just to put a little distance between your old life and your new one.

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About LoveBeingRetired

Dave Bernard is a California born and raised author and blogger with an extensive 30 year career in Silicon Valley. He has written more than 300 blogs for US News & World On Retirement and his personal blog Retirement – Only the Beginning. He has authored three books: "Are you just existing and calling it a life?"; "I want to retire! Essential Considerations for the Retiree to Be"; and " Navigating the Retirement Jungle". Dave was also a contributing writer for the books 65 Things to do when you Retire (“Positive Aging – Old is the New Young”) as well as 65 Things to do when you Retire – TRAVEL (“Travel to Discover your Family Heritage”). He lives in sunny California with his wife, his Boston Terrier "Frank" and a passion for the San Jose Sharks.

One thought on “A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying Life in Retirement

  1. I think retirement should be enjoyed. Some people get so tied to their job and when they retire they feel they still need to offer something valuable to society.

    There is two problems with that. Unless you need an extra income I do not think you should work.

    Enjoy life, go around seeing the good things in life.

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