You finally broke free from the 9 to 5 grind and now retirement isn’t what you thought it would be and you are bored, very bored. Or maybe you are the son, daughter, spouse of a retiree and you see that person aimlessly watching television for hours at a time. What can be done to alleviate this problem? Here are some suggestions.
Get Out of the House
It is not necessary to go somewhere special; it can be a walk around the block, in the park, in the mall or even to the library. Just getting out of the house will make a person feel better. He or she will have something else to look at other than the four walls of home and a TV.
Pick the speed of your walk around the block or dust off that bike in the garage and go for a spin. If you are physically able, you may want to consider joining a gym. Exercise will not only maintain your overall health, it produces chemicals known as endorphins that generate positive feelings. It is also an activity where you can track your progress and in doing so, you can give yourself goals to achieve. (i.e. I ran 2 miles in 20 minutes. Let’s see if I can beat that record.) Having goals is another way to reduce boredom.
Pick Up a New or Former Hobby
Remember before jobs, a spouse and children came into the picture, you enjoyed a hobby? Now that you are retired, the kids are out of the house and your spouse wants you to keep busy, reclaim your hobby! If you were too busy for a hobby while you were working, then now is the time to try something new. Since time isn’t an obstacle, give painting, knitting, photography or hiking a try.
Take Some Courses
Of course, if you are interested in something and you aren’t sure where to start, take some classes. Colleges and community organizations offer courses on things ranging from a foreign language to social media for seniors and everything else in between. Now that you have the time, fill it up with some newly acquired knowledge. You may even surprise your grandchildren by setting up an Instagram account!
You learned a lot during your working years and there are many organizations that could use your know-how. Not sure where to volunteer? Think of causes that you support or issues, such as education, disease advocacy, or animals – whichever you feel strongly about. You can mentor college students or entrepreneurs, tutor school-aged children, raises funds for medical research or do other things for a nonprofit organization. The skills you honed over a lengthy career can now be put to use to help others. For help finding an organization to volunteer with, visit www.volunteermatch.org.
Thanks to advances in healthcare, retirement can last 20 years or more. How are you going to fill all that time? Keeping yourself physically and mentally active will help you make your retirement some of the best years of your life.