Retirement seems like the paradise period of our lives, we spend our whole working lives aiming for that time at the end when we can enjoy our time doing what we want and when we want, looked after by the state and any pension plans we have, tending the garden and looking after the grandkids.
Retirement is exactly like this, for around a month or so and then the twitchiness creeps in, there are only so many flowers to tend, so many times you can go for a beer in the afternoon or times that you can take your grandkids to the play area before you release that things aren’t quite going as planned. This is entirely normal and here are a few ways in which you can survive once the rot sets in.
Industry experts like Keith Springer talk a lot about planning financially for retirement and assuming that you are in a solid financial position then why not fill your days with a little bit of investment. You will feel a natural itch to go back to work or at least do something similar, after all you ahem spent all of your life going to work everyday, you can’t just switch that off. Getting involved in some financial investment will give you something to focus on, the challenge of growing your wealth and will keep you busy, but not too busy to feel as though you are working.
One of the best ways to get out and keep busy is to get involved in some kind of activity or hobby. You will be able to meet like minded people with who you can have a chat to about what is going in and you will also have a reason to get out of the house. Picking up a new hobby or activity will also keep you active, vital when you are in your twilight years and you will also have a lot more enjoyment in your day to day life.
Meeting people is going to be vital to your sanity when you are retired and it can be friends that you already have or new people which you may meet. In the past you would find yourself talking to people everyday about a range of topics, when you stop working, you lose that daily chatter and this can be difficult to replace. If you have friends who have also retired then make time to go out with them, if you are one of the first of your circle to retire then seek out new friendships, anything that means that you can have a chat to someone.
Retirement may be the end of your working life, but it should not spell the end of your life and once you get over the initial shock of retirement it is time to start moving on and making new plans. Your routine will have changed entirely and you need to find a new routine as soon as you can in order to fully enjoy your retirement.