While moving into retirement is often a new and exciting chapter in one’s life, it is also a time full of many changes that need to be considered in order to adapt your lifestyle accordingly. This article outlines a few potential changes for which you can prepare so as to ensure the smoothest transition possible.
Your Social Life May Change
Perhaps one of the biggest changes you’ll experience is the change in your social life. We can have meaningful relationships with the people we work with, as well as those who we’ve known for years. Transitioning from a bustling workplace, surrounded by colleagues to being at home will mark a shift in your daily social interactions. This is, however, a great time to reignite those friendships. You can also make an effort to build new connections and friendships by finding friends with common interests. This is a great way to immerse yourself in a fun, new activities.
You May Pay More Attention to Health
It’s a given that we should be mindful of our health at every stage of life, however, retirement will perhaps bring this mindfulness to center stage. During your retirement, you may find that you have more time to ensure you feel your optimal self, and find ways to feel youthful and invigorated in every activity you participate in. Try to find activities you enjoy doing, and ones that you can participate inconsistently. Some activity ideas include gardening, daily walks, joining a gym, playing golf, or taking yoga classes.
You May Re-examine Your Priorities
Take time to get to know yourself better. As self-care becomes a large part of our lives, your retirement is a great time for soul-searching, understanding yourself, and doing things that you perhaps didn’t have time for before. You can take a personality test, meditate, catch up on your reading, anything that you feel will provide insight into your inner self. Figure out what fulfills you, and honor those feelings.
Your Financial Planning May Change
You may find that you no longer have expenses such as association memberships, certification fees, networking events, dry cleaning, expensive lunches, and coffees, commuting to work and parking costs. However, retirement still requires financial budgeting and planning. Make this plan by determining how much money you will live on per month, and set aside any extra cash for fun activities that you enjoy. Be sure to also set some aside for savings…
You May Re-examine Your Future Steps
Most people retire in their 60s (earlier if they’re lucky), but it’s very likely that you won’t consider moving into an active living retirement community until your 80s, or later. Retirement is all about embracing and enjoying the home for which you’ve worked hard most of your life to build. There are, however, a few consideration that must be accounted for including maintenance, upkeep, and work required to keep your home running at optimal capacity. These tasks may not be feasible in 20 years. Even though it’s less of a priority now, it’s important to keep a long-term plan in mind; especially if you would like autonomy and personal agency in your later years…
Retirement is a new phase in your life that will bring about many changes and insights. It’s important to be prepared for these changes so that you can make the most of your retirement and have an exciting and fulfilling life. Some aspects of retirement will be grounded in sensibility and planning, but overall, it means enjoying your new freedom and spending more time with family and friends, new and old. Discover another version of yourself, or revitalize your current self — whatever you decide, it’s up to you to write this next chapter.