10 Ways to Keep You Busy at Retirement

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Do you feel bored and listless in your retirement; purposeless maybe?

Chances are that you have too much idle time in your hands. You are spending the entire day doing nothing significant, fruitful or productive.

Everyday millions of people hit retirement age. And unless they have carefully planned what to do from day one, they will face the same dilemma among retirees who no longer head out of the office each day.

They don’t have to rush through bathing and breakfast to hit the road early to avoid the early morning traffic.

Each day they struggle to find a viable answer to the question, “What now?” And they need to find it fast before it becomes a habit, a habit that spells ugly consequences many years hence.

In fact, according to the CDC, much of the deterioration of stamina and strength blamed on aging is due to physical inactivity.

It can also result to:

o Risks of falling and bone fractures;
o Increase in blood pressure;
o Higher chance of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and colon cancer;
o Anxiety and depression;
o Weak muscles, joints and bones.

Luckily the answer is not hard to find, unless you have a weak mind or predisposed to predisposed to lethargy. Working people – those who find a pleasure in work and have made it a part of their lives – never really retire. They just replace one kind of activity with another. They remain busy even after retirement. For them, retirement is synonymous to dying.

If you are not one of them but need to occupy your extra time, try these.


10 ways to keep you busy at retirement:

1.  Develop a hobby:
If you haven’t had a hobby in your younger days, now is the best time to start one. The Internet is full of sites carrying healthy habits for seniors.

A hobby can provide a lifetime of enjoyment and allows you to network with others of similar interest as you. It is healthy both for body and mind. And you can monetize it once you gain enough proficiency to attract would-be buyers of your creation.

2.  Do minor home repairs:
There is always something to be done around the house.

It could be a leaky faucet, bedroom repainting, an unhinged drawer door, rusty fence, a lawn to mow, or spruce up a garden.

Make a list and do them one bit at a time. Right now I am slowly replacing the vinyl times in my bedroom.

The sense of accomplishment for having done something ourselves, instead of paying a repair guy, is very satisfying. It is a good exercise, too.

3.  Take a road trip:
Take a long road trip to places you’ve never been to.

I do this when I feel bored to death. The people and places you see along the way are mini-discoveries, sort of. It makes you appreciate the world around you. It is very educational and fulfilling.

4.  Have a long vacation:
When was the last time you had a long vacation? Take another one now that your leisure time is not going to be interrupted by a call from the office.

There are countless places for senior to have fun, pleasure, and leisure. Consult airline companies and travel sites to get the best deals for your money.

5.  Do part-time work:
Doing part-time work accomplishes two things: it keeps you busy, and puts a little cash in your bank account in case you are a bit short.

Either you can arrange with your former employer to do similar things you were doing before, albeit, not full-time, or you get some online gigs.

These days there is a plethora of online jobs waiting for anybody with the even the most minimal computer skills.

6.  Write a book:
You think you are too old to write a book? Laura Ingalis Wilder was in her mid 60s when she published, and became famous, her first book series, “Little House.” And she did it at a time when women carried a small voice and publishing houses were few.

Now any Tom, Dick, or Harry who has the itch to write a book, can, and easily, too. There are book writing guides, formatting guides and online bookstores like Amazon who will gladly put your book on their online shelves.

You can even self-publish it online if you don’t want to use the services of offline publishers.

7.  Keep in touch with family and friends:
Various studies have shown that socialization or social connection is beneficial to an elderly’s overall well-being. It keeps them from feeling lonely or isolated.

So stay connected with family and friends, and don’t allow it to deteriorate because of neglect or indifference.

Visit them if you can. If this is not possible, use any the various forms of communication currently available. We are at an age where staying in touch is easy and cheap – anywhere in the world.

8.  Exercise:
This seem redundant but according to WebMD, only one out of four people, aged between 65 and 74, exercise. They think that they’re too old, too our-of-shape or too tired to get physical on a regular basis.

First, no one is too old to exercise and, second, it makes your brain produce more endorphins, or happy hormones.

Not only does it give you a feeling of wellness, exercise is also good, both for body and mind.

9.  Do volunteer work:
Check with your church, shelter for the homeless, your local senior citizens chapter and see if they can use an extra pair of hands for any or their projects or activities.

There is always a need for your skill set. It is only a matter of searching it out.

A study done by the University of Pittsburgh on the effects of volunteerism among people 50 years old and above, shows that it improved their mental health, along with other socio-emotional benefits ranging from a greater feeling of productivity, to increased social activity, to an overall sense that their life had improved.

10.  Don’t worry, be happy:
I know that is very difficult to stay positive if you are lonely and isolated, or beset with various medical conditions and can hardly pay for your medicines,

But would things be any better if you worry? No, definitely not.

Studies show that positive thinking, especially among seniors, promote a happier life and better health as they get older.

It promotes faster healing from medical conditions, improves their responses to stress, improves physical balance and enhances self-efficacy.

Whatever you do with your retirement is a personal choice. You can either retire happy and joyful, or in constant misery.

So choose well.

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