This article is contributed by Simon Fletcher.
It is a day that will come for us all; your working days are over and tomorrow is just an unfilled day. It is on the one hand a moment to relish, but on the other it is a time that can come to signify inaction and emptiness. The best way to keep feeling young and positive about the possibilities life now offers you is to stay active, to take on new hobbies, and to do the things that you had wanted to all of your life but never had the time.
There is nothing more exhilarating than a holiday, especially if it’s to a place that you have always wanted to visit. Now that you are retired there are no limits on where you can go and for how long you can stay. That long-haul, exotic destination that you always fancied is just a trip to the travel agent away. It’s time to enjoy the free time you’ve earned in style.
Take Up Golf:
It’s a cliché but it truly is a classic. Taking up golf is good on so many levels. You develop a keen interest in a new sport, and the learning of it. You spend a lot of time in the open air. You walk for miles while you’re practising. This is a no-brainer for the newly retired. Not only is it a great activity that couples can take up together, but it is also one that you can combine with travel as there are an abundance of amazing golf courses all over the world.
A little more sedate and cerebral than golf or travelling, but, let’s face it, you’re going to be spending more time at home from now on, no matter how active you are. In that case, now is a great time to take care of that backyard which you have neglected for years. Not only is it an outdoor activity but it is one that you can take pride in and really look to develop as you learn just how to make the most of the space that you’ve got.
It is important that you keep the mind as well as the body active before you really decide to put up your feet and head for the retirement home.
You can read to learn about the things you always wanted to know about but never had the time, or simply rediscover the novels by your favourite writers. For those who aren’t great readers there are now an abundance of books on CD which are an equally enjoyable way to spend some time exercising your brain. You never know, maybe going back to reading will inspire to pick up a pen for yourself…
Reconnect with Your Family:
It is perfectly normal for people to lose touch with their loved ones over the years. Daily lives are so busy that it can often be only through the annual Christmas and birthday cards that you have any news from a brother or a sister. Now that you are retired it is the time to get back in touch with those people you are closest to. A small piece of effort from one person is usually highly appreciated by another and your days will be so much fuller if you are involved in the lives of others rather than living out your own in isolation.
Simon Fletcher writes on behalf of Gracewell Care Homes
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