Plan Now So You Can Enjoy Your Life After Retirement

Ah, retirement. Doing what you want to do when you want to do it. Being able to work on our hobbies instead of working in the daily, dog eat dog work grind. Well, that's what most people expect. Here's the problem, It doesn't always work that way.

It's such a big change. Suddenly a person who has worked over 40 years, eight hours a day, day in and day out find themselves waking up each morning with little or nothing to do and no where to go. Some people have a very hard time adjusting.

How about you? Are you ready for retirement?

It's so easy when you retire to get caught up doing nothing except sitting in front of a television, not exercising, not seeing people. Some people are able to do this, but not most. For most people, that's when they start going downhill physically and mentally. Many get sick, lonely, unable to adjust. Many die early. For men, it can be within 5 years. Not a good picture.

Don't let that happen to you. It doesn't have to be that way.

When a person works, they are engaged. They are using their mind, figuring out ways to meet the daily challenges, and communicated regularly with other people. Just because you retire, you don't have to stop, to give all that up. Now, You get to pick what you do and who you do it with which wasn't the case before retirement. Retirement has benefits.

You want to remain important and relevant. You can help other people for instance. Why not make a difference in another person's life? Perhaps volunteer. You have a lot of knowledge and experience. Put it to use. So many young people haven't a clue. You can give them the benefit of all that you've done.

Or you might not want to go that far. Perhaps something minor, like volunteer at a hospital, a boys or girls club, a summer camp, or something with a church or synagogue. The point is to have something to look forward to.

Perhaps work part-time. A little extra money might come in handy. If you liked where you use to work, you might work part-time for the same company. That way you stay in touch with the people you use to work with.

With your experience, you might become a consultant. Make extra money with that and help someone grow quicker with your guidance. Leave a legacy. Put all that experience you gained over 40 years to good use even in retirement.

You can do all the above at your own pace. After all, you want your senior years to be enjoyable.

Perhaps, you'll want to develop a new skill. There are a million different hobbies you could take up. You could go back to school. There are universities, community colleges, and adult education courses. You could get a tutor to learn to play an instrument. There are a million and one things you can learn. And you have the time now you didn't have before.

You can travel. See sites you've never seen before. You could organize a trip with friend who, like you are retired. Short trips, long trips. It doesn't matter. The main thing is you're active and staying engaged in life.

To stay healthy, you might take some exercises classes. A lot of communities have exercise classes designed specifically for seniors. You don't want to hurt yourself, but you want to stay active and healthy.

Perhaps meet once a week with friends to play cards, see a movie, whatever strikes your fancy. Now, your time is your time.

One thing is for sure, by staying active you have a better chance of living a longer life. There's plenty of studies that show that is the case. It's the retirees who become overly sedentary that die young. And you'll find you have more enthusiasm for everything you do... if you find things to do. A little television is all right. Just don't make it the be all and end all of your retirement.

Think back to when you were younger. What did you say you would do once you retired? Now is the time to do it. And if you didn't have plans for retirement earlier in life, make those plans now. There's still more of life to live. Have the fun you've so richly earned.

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