The sunset days bring in varied thoughts in various people. While many find it as a time to relax and unwind after countless years of hard work and toiling, many consider the period as a boring phase of life. According to a study conducted the Institute of Economic Affairs, United Kingdom, in 2013 May, more than 40% of the people who retire are prone to clinical depression. More than 60% of the retirees also showcase a dip in their health. This happens because most of the people consider retirement as a traumatic experience.
The sole solution to these problems is to lead an active retired life. And, given the countless retirement communities that come up daily, there is no dearth to the activities the retired people can indulge in so as to remain happy and active throughout their life. Here is what you could do to lead an active, positive, and happy retired life.
1. Relax And Relish The Freedom!
You have been working all these years to ensure that your family is safe. You have a secured future now. The best thing is that you do not have to wake up every day and get ready to go to the job. In the absence of the job, you now have loads of time to recollect and appreciate the hard work you have done all these years. It is the time to relax, recognize and acknowledge your accomplishments, forgive yourself, relish the freedom, and design a novel path for the rest of the life.
2. Enroll For A Physical Activity!
You need to remain physically active so that your health is secure. Retired people who have a physical activity in their daily routine have better strength, enhanced flexibility and endurance, and lesser mental and physical health issues. You just do not have to go to the gym and start picking up heavy weights. Just take a stroll in the nearby garden with your spouse. Or, you could enroll yourself at a nearby yoga class. Yoga, in fact, is one of the most beneficial physical exercise forms you could choose, especially if you had a sedentary lifestyle all these years. Along with improving your health, making your joints more flexible, and building up your bone density, yoga also shields you from depression and age-related cognitive decline.
However, if you already have some underlying health issues, check with your doctor before you start something new.
3. Follow Your Hobby!
In the hectic lifestyle, you would have, most of the time, left your hobby behind. It is now time to follow your passion. Join a class and revive your skills. Painting, drawing, and craft making are some of the most common hobby classes the retired community look forward to. If you love writing, you could start your own blog wherein you could share your mind and thoughts. You could even start a cooking or baking class if you love the activity and want to share it with the next generation.
4. Share You Expertise!
This is the time to put your 30+ years of experience, knowledge, wisdom, and expertise to use. You could either do it for a small remuneration that would actually ease out your financial worries or volunteer. There are numerous organizations that require volunteers. Just start searching for something you would love to do. Once you finalize the group, ask them how you could help.
5. Build An Active Support System!
Make new friends. Always have an active support group around you whose thoughts and needs matches yours. You will be happy.
The initial 18 to 20 years of life are spent learning; the next 40 years in a haze where you rush to save your future. The last 20 years, roughly, are what you get to enjoy life. So, enjoy!