Written by Maggie Hammond
Retirement is a momentous milestone – one that you may scarcely believe you’ve reached when the time comes for you to hang up your work shoes for the last time. When the dust settles after the celebrations, the events, the speeches, and the dinners, you’ll have a number of steps to take right off the bat that should see you navigate the life-changing effects of retirement with ease and grace. This guide talks you through those immediate steps, showing you what you should consider when your working life has drawn to a close.
Establish a Routine
For most retired persons, not having to get up with the 7am alarm can be, well – alarming. Suddenly, your whole day might be spent in bed, or on the couch watching the news, or on the porch watching the world go by. But for nearly every retiree, that’s not exactly what you’ll have wanted to do in the years approaching old age. It’s therefore really rather important that you stick to a good routine – getting up with that alarm and filling your day with activity – in order to make the most of your free time.
Keep Healthy and Active
On retirement, you should keep active and healthy – or start doing so if that’s been something you’ve long neglected. Nowadays, retirement is not entrance into old age – there’s a sizable window of years during which you can take up all the hobbies and leisure pursuits that you weren’t quite able to do when you were in the world of work. Get out on walks, jogs, swims, and cycles, and join local sports teams for retirees so that your social circle will expand at the same time as your fitness increases.
You may be feeling a luxurious lack of responsibility as a result of your retirement, but the truth of the matter is you still have a few things to focus on as you approach old age. Perhaps principal among them is preparing for the silver years of your life – by writing a will and purchasing some single premium life insurance that’ll help your family in the event of your death. The life insurance is particularly urgent if you’ve not already got a policy. Insure against the worst but – of course – expect the best as you move into your retirement years.
Seek Newness and Adventure
As this article is keen to emphasize, retirement is merely the next and newest chapter in your life – not the final one. As such, you should straight away think of and pursue new things to fill your time. These might include:
- Making new friends
- Exploring new forms of music
- Reconnecting with long-lost friends and relatives
- Taking up a new hobby
- Writing a book or memoir
- Traveling to new and exciting locations
- Trying new cuisines
- Taking the plunge with a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Making improvements to your home
The list simply goes on and on – there are more things to do in your retirement that can fit into any one article.
As you’ve seen above, retirement isn’t the time to kick off your shoes and ease into your slippers for a long spell in front of the television. The sooner you create a new, fulfilling retired lifestyle, the more you’ll extract from your new, work-free routine.
Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement. An advocate for public health and nursing qualifications, she feels passionate about raising awareness of the current strain on public health organisations.