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Enjoy Your Retirement With These Simple Tips



 

Few people are ready for the free time retirement affords. After so many years rushing kids to and from after-school activities all while juggling a job, the free time of retirement can feel like a foreign concept. Some people are so perplexed by this new found freedom they simply don�t know what do with their time. Fortunately, this new phase of life can be one of your most rewarding if you take the time to understand what makes you happy.

 

Following are some helpful tips to help you spend your time in a worthwhile manner. After all, most of us dreamed retirement would be a wonderful escape from the daily grind of work and kids. So why not take advantage of it?

 

Don�t Stop Moving- Jog, hike, walk, swim, and frolic. Physical activity and exercise help us feel better about ourselves and the world around us. Our body responds to exercise by releasing endorphins that increase our circulation and elevate mood. Physical activity also promotes wellness and health and reduces the likelihood of disease.

Don�t think you�re up for a jog anymore? Don�t worry. Physical activity can come in all forms. Why not jump into your dutailier comfort plus glider and rock for awhile. Even simple activities like this have a positive effect.

 

Keep On Learning- Learning new things are a great way to keep your mind sharp. Remember all those times you wished you had the time to learn something? Well, now is your chance. Take music lessons and finally get into your favorite instrument. Visit the community college and find a course to enroll in. You might be surprised to learn that most universities offer reasonably priced continuing education classes.

A quick look at the available courses and you will surely find something that catches your interest. Be Social- Pick one of your interests and join a club that supports it. You�ll meet plenty of new people with similar interests as you.

Libraries are often a good place to learn about clubs. The Internet is another great resource. You can also consider hosting a party or dinner. Get your friends out of their houses and into yours. Now is your chance to catch up with old friends or go out and make some new ones!

 

Consider an Animal- Pets can add endless joy to our lives, and if you are still coping with empty nest syndrome, then a new pet around the house might be just what you need. Consider visiting a local shelter. You�ll be able to find a dog or cat in need of a good home. Even if you aren�t certain that you�re ready to adopt a pet, you can visit with the animals. Consider pet sitting for neighbors or relatives. This is a great chance to spend time with both a new animal and other people.

 

Mentoring- Becoming a mentor is perhaps one of the most fulfilling things a person can do. If you have grandchildren living nearby, then make an effort to connect with them. Even if you don�t have grandchildren, mentoring opportunities abound. Consider joining a mentoring organization. Sharing your knowledge and life experiences with someone less experienced is gratifying and rewarding for both parties. Perhaps coaching a sports team is more to your liking? There are ample ways to make a difference in a young person�s life.

 

Spread Your Wings- Now is a great time to do some traveling. Take a trip to a new country or just visit a new part of town. No matter where you go you�ll be able to see new things and meet new people. Some people feel overwhelmed when traveling. Consider joining a travel group. You�ll meet new people and see new places in a supportive environment. Remember, you don�t have to travel far to enjoy yourself. There are probably many sights nearby that you haven�t seen in awhile or perhaps that you have yet to see at all.

 

Join a Cause- You�ve likely gained enough experience and seen enough of the world to have worthwhile opinions on the state of things. Consider getting behind a cause or effort. Use your knowledge to make a difference in the world. Whether you are worried about the environment or the quality of our schools, you�ll be able to find like-minded people with whom you can work to make our world a better place. This is a great way to make a difference while bringing meaning into your own life. This is your chance to do all the things you never had time to do.

Take advantage of what could be the most rewarding time of your life. These are just a few ideas of how to spend your time and enjoy life, but there are many more! Simply keep yourself moving and stay involved. Get your social life in gear and make a difference in the world.

 

Think of retirement as the beginning of your new life. Kimberly Aardal is the publisher of EveryDayRockingChairs.com, where you can find information on everything from wooden rocking chairs to a dutailier rocker. Kimberly lives in beautiful Colorado with her husband Jon and their yellow lab Ginger. She loves to live life to the fullest and enjoys traveling, cuisine, and writing. You�ll also find her volunteering for her favorite local organizations.




 

 

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