Many people idealize retirement as a time of relaxation and happiness, but all the free time you have can cause you to lose your sense of purpose and become tired and bored. To not let this meaningful time become filled with anxiety, lead an active lifestyle by signing up for fun activities and participating in events where you can form meaningful relationships or even give back to society. Read on to find out the secrets to a happy retirement!
Start a New Hobby
Think back to the activities that you could not enjoy when you were busy working, or something that you’ve always wanted to try but did not have time to. Once you retire, time is no longer of the essence and you can devote as much time as you want to learn a new hobby. Consider hobbies like painting, playing a musical instrument, woodworking, photography, and more. Spending time on hobbies can help lower your stress levels, lower blood pressure, and enable you to spend your retirement happily.
Volunteer with Local Organizations
Volunteering is a great way to live a more fulfilling retirement life, as you are involved in helping other people and giving back to your community. A meaningful way to volunteer is to help others using your existing skillset. For example, if you are a sports player, you can volunteer to be a youth coach, or if you are a retired nurse, you can volunteer as a crisis counselor. Volunteering is a source of motivation and happiness for older adults and enables you to socialize more too.
Start Learning Again
Education is a great idea for older adults who want to continue where they left off or learn a new subject of interest like a language. Learning new things helps older adults make stronger connections in their minds, improves memory, and reduces the risk of dementia. Lifelong learning doesn’t have to take place in a traditional school setting. Many courses are now offered online through platforms like EdX, Coursera, and MasterClass to facilitate the convenience of learning anytime, anywhere.
Spend More Time Outdoors
While many older adults think of retirement as a time to rest indoors, there are actually many benefits of spending more time outdoors. Being outdoors in nature enables lower stress levels, reduction in depression and anxiety levels, and has been linked to lower risks of heart disease. Some recreational activities that you can do outdoors include fishing, hiking, gardening, bird watching, and more. Traveling is also a good way to spend more time outdoors and lead an active lifestyle.
Stay Happy and Healthy at Rittenhouse Village At Portage
A happy retirement is an active retirement! Join us at Rittenhouse Village At Portage where our senior living programs are designed to promote health and wellness with exciting activities and events that enable you to live actively. We are so confident that you will love our unique community that we will refund your community fees within the first 90 days if you are not fully satisfied! Contact us now for a stress-free senior community life without any hidden fees or unexpected rent increases.