The Best Activities for Retirement

Post by Emma Carey

Everyone knows that retirement is a big moment of change in people’s lives and it’s not always easy making the adjustment from having a 9-5 career to having days stretching out ahead of you where you’ve nothing particular you have to do.

Of course, there is always something to do, but the transition from working to retirement can be a strange time, especially if you don’t have a burning ambition to use your retirement in a particular way. What follows is a few suggestions of how you might find new activities and ways to keep busy in retirement. Of course, not all of them will chime with you, but you might be inspired by some of the ideas below.

Volunteer

  by  mrvklaw 

Remember all those times you wished you could give something back to society? Well,
retirement is the perfect time to do so. It doesn’t have to take much of your week but there are many volunteering opportunities out there, and many organisations can make use of the skills you have acquired through life and work. You could volunteer at your local library or hospital, mentor children or help out at a local homeless charity, to name but a few ideas.

Discover a hobby

If you’ve never had a hobby, now might be the best time to find one as you’ll be able to give it the time it deserves, without having to put it on hold for work. There are so many different crafting activities and collecting possibilities. You might take up quilting, pottery or scrapbooking. Or maybe you’ll develop a passion for gardening and make your garden an oasis.

And then of course, there’s the internet. There’s a whole world of entertainment out there for you to tap into. You might get into online gaming – whether it’s for real money or just for fun. For example, check out bingo games from UK based Costa Bingo to see the kinds of games you could be playing. Costa Bingo is one of the UK’s biggest bingo sites, and if you don’t like the idea of putting real money down, the site also has plenty of free bingo games to play. Part of the fun of playing bingo rather than other PC games is the social nature of the game – it’s not only entertaining, but you can also meet new people as you chat to fellow players in the bingo chat rooms. Of course, there are a myriad of similar sites to choose from like 32Red and Royal Vegas that offer similar games.

Get fit

Too often, people use work as an excuse not to take any exercise. Once you’re retired, you’ll have no more excuses and you can use the opportunity to try a new sport. Golf is a favourite sport amongst both retired men and women. It doesn’t matter if you’re an absolute beginner – you’ve got plenty of time to practice now! There are so many different sports to choose from – do a few taster courses and see which one whets your appetite!

Hit the road

You don’t have to go down the backpacking route – but now you have the time to do so, why not take time to see all those different places that you’ve always wanted to. Some people spend their whole time on the move once they’ve retired – coming back home for a few weeks’ break between trips.

With so many different possibilities of ways to spend the time, retirement could be one of the richest periods of your life – enjoy it!

Keep busy to stay sane in retirement

One of my biggest fears of retiring is the challenge of finding ways to keep busy and engaged in meaninfgul activities each day. As I shared previously in my 4 fears about retirement blog, I am just not sure I am creative enough to consistently find quality activities that add to a meaningful retirement lifestyle.

I recently took a retirement test drive for a year and a half and at the end was more than ready to get back to work. I was finding myself a bit slower than normal and already getting bored with my routine. And I was not just sitting back – I traveled, knocked out my to-do list that had been accumulating for a lifetime, read like there was no tomorrow, started blogging – there was no moss growing on this rock!

As a matter of a fact, part of my Retirement-only the beginning blog included some research with specific ideas to keep busy in retirement, a good homework project for sure.

But it was not enough.

Fortunately I have some years to plan for my permanent retirement so I am building my list of ideas to keep busy. Take a look at the beginnings of my list on 20 ways to stay busy in retirement.