Approaching retirement can be a daunting and unsettling experience, especially if you haven’t got a plan for your retirement. Having worked your whole life then finding yourself with time to fill and no idea how to fill the hours but don’t worry, the good news is there are so many different ways you can enjoy your retirement.
Below I have listed 10 things to do when you retire which will give you a few ideas to get you started on planning your retirement. Remember, this is your retirement and you should do what makes you happy.
Get a job
Okay, you have just left a job why would you get another one? Well sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side and you might find that retirement isn’t for you and that’s okay. Many people use retirement as an opportunity to change their career path and enjoy a new challenge whether that be full-time or part-time. It’s always good to leave your options open.
Take up a sport
If you used to enjoy playing a sport but it fell by the wayside due to work or other commitments, retirement is the perfect opportunity to take it up again or to try something completely different and take up a new sport. There are so many sports to enjoy whether you’re looking for something strenuous or something a little more laid back. Why not try one of the following, horse riding, bowls, golf, tennis, cycling – there really is so much to choose from.
If you have always wanted to swim in the Great Barrier Reef or visit the pyramids in Egypt, now is the time to do that. If you have the money to travel and no job tying you down it’s the perfect opportunity to visit all of those places you have always wanted to go. If you want to explore closer to home why not consider investing in a campervan and travelling all over the country visiting new destinations along the way.
Start a business
Have you always envisaged yourself as the next Alan Sugar? Starting a business is a big commitment but if it’s something you have always wanted to do or you have an idea you think would work then it’s the perfect chance to give it a go.
Remodel your home
We all have those jobs around the house that we’ve been promising ourselves we would do but then something else comes up and it doesn’t get done. If that sounds familiar then why not make it your mission to fix all those little bits and bobs around the house that you’ve been putting off until you had more time. Now you have the time to dedicate to getting everything done whether it be painting a few walls or a whole home remodel.
Learn a new skill
Have you always wanted to learn to cook? Become a photography pro? Or learn a new language? It’s never too late to learn a new skill whether it’s something practical like learning new cooking skill or it’s something you enjoy such as updating your photography skills.
Spend more time with family
Getting the work-life balance right can be difficult and often it can leave you feeling like you’re too thinly spread. Retirement can help alleviate some of that worry freeing up time you can spend elsewhere, like time visiting family.
Become a volunteer
If you have always thought about becoming a volunteer but didn’t have the time to commit to doing so then why not take another look at this when you retire. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the local community and will be a great way to spend some time each week enjoying something that will help others.
Get a hobby
It’s time to put you first and do what makes you happy so why not reignite your passion for an old hobby or try something completely different. Hobbies are a great way to fill time and enjoy something you love, why not enjoy a couple of hobbies, after all variety is the spice of life.
Be a mentor
If you have the skills and knowledge which you think could help someone else then why not consider being a mentor. This could be on a voluntary basis or you could charge a fee to mentor people as long as you have the relevant skills to tutor someone to a high level.
I hope the suggestions above have been helpful and they have given you a few ideas of things you could do in your retirement. If you’re still looking for more ideas take a look at the suggestions from SunLife.
Do you have any plans for your retirement?
*In collaboration with SunLife