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Enjoy a new way of life

2/12/2015

After spending a life-time working, raising children and paying off the mortgage, when you reach retirement age you understandably want to take the pressure off and enjoy life. For some, however, instead of the excitement of starting a new chapter in their life the prospect of retirement and endless idle days can seem daunting. If this sounds like you, there are ways of making the transition into retirement less unsettling.

Create a routine
Prior to retirement your weekly schedule was likely to be dictated by your job, with your social activities having to fit around your working day, but once retirement hits all your time is your own. While this is liberating it can also be nerve-wracking knowing that your days are no longer organised by the same routine as the past 30 years. If you are someone who likes to have a purpose to your day, it is important that you re-structure your days to reflect your changed lifestyle. You are now responsible for all your time, so it is important that you fill your days with activities to give yourself a purpose to get out of bed in the morning.  

Continue working
Although working might be the last thing you want to do when you hit retirement age, for some working part-time can help to make the transition into retirement easier, especially if your partner and friends haven’t reached retirement age yet. As employers can no longer force you to retire once you get to a certain age, you can consider scaling back your hours and working part-time. Alternatively, you can choose to work part-time in a completely different role, this option is particularly appealing to those who work in stressful jobs full of responsibilities.

Become active in the community
Another way many retirees enjoy their non-working lifestyle is by becoming more active in the community. Whether this is volunteering or by joining village committees, becoming active in the community helps to get you out of the house, give back to the local area, plus enables you to meet new people and widen your social circle.

Take up a hobby
Now that you’ve reached retirement age you can start doing the activities you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for. Perhaps you’ve had a lifelong ambition to learn a new language, wanted to travel around the world or fancied learning to sail? Whatever the interest, embrace the fact that now time is no longer an issue.

Consider downsizing
Sometimes, once the children are gone, what was once a small family home can seem like a large and empty house. Downsizing and moving away to an area with a slower pace of life can help to mark this new stage of your life and help you to view it as a new chapter starting. As well as this, moving to somewhere with a large number of other retirees as neighbours will help to ensure you keep an active social life and be surrounded by those with the same lifestyle as you.

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