Whether you’ve already reached retirement or are readying yourself for it, there’s no denying it signals a big change in your life. Based on our readers’ tips, these are our top 10 suggestions for staying alert and active in your golden years.
Find your joy
To fight feeling a loss of purpose, find something that gives you a sense of achievement and joy, such as travelling, looking after the grandchildren or volunteering.
Learn new things
You’re never too old to learn something new, so look into free courses on offer, learn a language, an instrument or go back to university.
There’s nothing like having younger friends to keep you feeling young. It will keep you up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies, and in return you can share your wisdom and experience.
Get a dog
A new four-legged friend will keep you active, get you outdoors, make you laugh and, as an added bonus, help you to meet new people.
A worry-free mind will keep you mentally happy and healthy, so make sure your financial affairs are in order, and tackle all those little jobs you’ve been putting off.
Laugh as much as you can. Having a good sense of humour and a positive attitude is a must to enjoying your retirement years.
Do crosswords, puzzles, chess, Sudoku, knitting, reading, jigsaws, cards, board games – anything that stretches your brain.
Whether it is Zumba, walking, yoga, lawn bowls, golf, swimming or whatever you can manage, exercise is key to a healthy mind and body.
Reflect and revitalise
Be satisfied with who you are and what you've achieved. Learn to live at a slower pace and enjoy the journey as well as the destination.
Thanks to all of our readers for your fantastic responses to our Facebook competition. We are grateful to all of you for sharing your tips and positive attitudes to retirement.
Managing money in retirement
This learning module can help you manage your money in retirement day-to-day, and plan to meet your long-term needs too.
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