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Tips for a Happy Retirement

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Dec 30, 2014

happy retirement

Retirement is supposed to be a well-deserved break to relax and enjoy yourself. So why is it such a cause of stress for so many people? Well, the financial issue is surely a big one for many people who are making retirement plans. But retirement isn’t all about money—there are plenty of other things to plan for. For instance, how will you spend all of your time now that you’re not working? What is it that you want to accomplish during retirement? Let’s take a look at some things to consider when planning for retirement to help you make sure that this next phase is a happy one.

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  1. Pick up a hobby before retirement. You might already know that you’re going to spend your retirement golfing as much as you can. But if you can’t think of anything that will fill up your day, start nurturing a new hobby now so you don’t waste time finding out what you want to do later.
  2. Keep an eye on your health. Whatever you do during your retirement, you’re going to need to be in good health to do it. Start an exercise routine now that you can continue into your retirement. Think about how you eat and adjust your diet to make sure you’re eating healthy. Knock out two retirement goals in one by finding an activity that involves exercise, like hiking.
  3. Make big plans. Don’t be afraid to make a list of all of the things you’ve wanted to see or do in life, like taking a trip to China or seeing the Northern Lights. You’ll finally have time to do these things during retirement, and with the right planning, you can accomplish them!
  4. Talk to your spouse or partner about retirement. If you’re married, or live with someone who is close to you, your retirement will have a huge impact on the other person. Talk about what you want to do during retirement together and how you’ll get the chance to do those things.
  5. If you’re not happy, ask why. Your physical health is important, but so is your mental health. Retirement is a huge change in one’s life. It’s not uncommon for people going through major life changes to experience feelings of sadness and helplessness, which are telltale signs of depression. If you’re feeling depressed, it’s important to talk to your doctor about it. Scheduling a few sessions with a therapist might help you understand why you’re feeling this way and how to address it.
  6. Make new friends. While you’re searching for a new hobby, it might make sense to make new friends who share your common interests. Look into church groups or community organizations where you can meet new people. Friendships increase longevity!
  7. Volunteer. Another place you can meet new friends is doing volunteer work for a charitable organization. Volunteering for something you believe in lets you help people while giving you a sense of purpose and accomplishment.