Retirement can be an exciting stage of life - for the first time you have the time and freedom to pursue other interests. However, it can also be a challenge because you are adjusting to the loss of a stable work routine. There has been a lot of research to show that those who cope best with retirement are the ones who stay active and involved so it is important to find new activities to fill your time.
Here’s some top tips to keeping yourself active after retirement:
Whether you want something close to home or overseas, volunteering is a great way to give something back to the community and help others. Visit the Do It website for volunteering near home or the Original Volunteers website for overseas.
You could develop an old hobby or start a new one: Anything from gardening to art, hobbies are an enjoyable way to keep active and socialise.
It’s important to stay active as you get older because it ensures you remain flexible and it helps to loosen your joints. This can be done through walking, swimming, gym or sport.
If you would still like to work after retirement then you could either look for part-time, full-time or short-term contract positions. There is lots of advice and support available from the Age UK , Directgov and Retirement UK websites. Some also choose to set up their own business including: walking tours, boutique shops, dog walking or arts and crafts.
Have you ever thought of learning new skills or even learning a new language? The University of the Third Age offers classes on a wide range of subjects. For more information on adult learning visit the Directgov website .
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