For a stress-free life, retirement should be a time to sit back, relax, and enjoy life the way YOU want. You may have worked hard, dedicated your life to others, or raised a family; take on board these stress-free life tips.
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How to Live a Stress-Free Retirement
Expand your existing hobbies or take up some new ones: Crafts, painting, reading (or audiobooks), gardening, flower arranging, origami, puzzles.
Cooking is a great hobby. Not only does it mean satisfying meals for yourself, but many baked goods can be given as gifts, which will save money and mean more to the recipient. Buy some new cookbooks or check out the wealth of recipes online. Try cooking a dish from every country in the world and see how far you get.
If you enjoy gardening, consider changing the landscape of your front or back yard. Grow some fruit and vegetables, particularly from seed, to see how they flourish. If you have room, get some chickens and enjoy the freshly laid eggs.
Buy a record player and start collecting vinyl.
Learn Something New
If you’re not into technology, consider buying a tablet or smartphone to connect with the world. If you have family or friends living far, speaking via video link is a great way to keep in touch.
Download apps and keep your mind stimulated. With an abundance of apps on the market, you can do anything from jigsaw puzzles to scrabble, home décor design, and stargazing.
It’s never too late to learn a new language which can be done through online courses or school classes.
Socialize with Family and Friends
It goes without saying that our loved ones bring much joy to our lives. More time in retirement is a great excuse to spend more time with family and friends. Take the grandchildren on an outing, and they’ll love you for it, as well as their parents.
Consider starting a friend’s group with regular meetups or join a support group in the local area.
Take Advantage of Senior Deals and Discounts
Maximize your savings and make them go further by collecting on everything from eating out to travel.
From age 50+, many restaurants offer meal deals, free items, or up to around 10% off the check. Some go up to 25% off, and each deal varies depending on the day and the individual outlet.
Other discounts include – cinemas, grocery stores, retail stores, prescription discounts, car rentals, hotels, cell phone plans, and hardware stores.
Volunteer in The Local Community
It’s always nice to give something back to the community where you live, and opportunities may open up if you ever become in need in later life or after any unfortunate circumstance. Check out your local hospice, thrift shops, library, or church. If you have a strong political viewpoint, sign up to volunteer at your nearest political organization.
Staying fit and healthy in mind and body is key to a stress-free retirement. Try yoga, Pilates, walking, jazzercise, dancing, lawn bowls, or tenpin bowling.
Not all exercises need to be done in a gym, and they don’t have to be an obvious sport. A great way to get exercise is to adopt a dog and take it for walks. You’ll undoubtedly be rewarded with unconditional love and meet many people in the park.
Write a Book or Memoir
Your writings don’t necessarily have to be published, write a book or memoir for your satisfaction. You could write short stories or children’s books and test them out on your grandchildren or friends’ grandchildren. If you prefer not to write, but love reading, join a local book club where you’ll also meet new people or an online book club that suits your reading style.
Get a Part-Time Job
If you have no desire to retire just yet or want to have a small income still, consider working part-time at a garden center, coffee shop, or even as a substitute teacher. Or you can work from home, combining hobbies to make a small turnover, like making jams or crafts, to sell at flea markets or fairs.
Update All Your Finances and Paperwork
Clearing up any financial anomalies and saving money will always leave you stress-free. Have a sort through all your finances, physically by shredding any old unwanted paperwork in your home, and by shopping around for the best deals, such as car insurance, home insurance, travel insurance, utilities, and rewards accounts.
Visit a reputable and trusted broker to get some support or use online search engines to help you get the best deal that’s right for you at the lowest price. Many financial establishments cater specifically for retirees.
Check to see if your will is valid and what you want it to be. Get a tax review to ensure your new status matches your payments.
Downsize Your Home
If you’re swimming in your home and don’t need the space, consider downsizing and free up some additional retirement funds. Make a big move and live somewhere you’ve always desired, possibly abroad. On the contrary, if you have rooms to spare, fancy an income, or have always dreamed of it, open a B&B. Many online platforms can support this, like renting out through AirBnB.
Research Your Ancestry
Build a family tree of the family members you know and stem out from there. It’s a great excuse to visit family you’ve not seen for a while and get the old photos out of the loft over a cup of tea.
Discover your ancestry or heritage through DNA testing. Kits can be purchased reasonably cheap online. Ensure you’re prepared for the worst, though, as some people have done this only to find out they were adopted or are half-siblings.
Do what you want, it’s your retirement, and you’ve earned it. It may sound cliched but write a bucket list to make you think about the things you want from life. Living a stress-free life in retirement is what you make of it. There are no limits and no boundaries (other than the law).
What further advice can you give to others? What helped you become stress-free after retirement? Please add your comments below.