Retirement comes with a lot of spare time all at once. When you’re used to having colleagues and teammates around, maybe working long hours, your schedule may feel really light. Being alone can be burdening. How can you avoid that? Finding activities that you enjoy may be the solution. Let’s look at some ideas for you to make the most of this new chapter of your life.
Start making new friends
Overcome solitude by meeting new people.
- Become a volunteer in a non-profit organization
It’ll allow you to spend your time and energy on a cause that you deem fair and important. You can make new acquaintances who share your interests.
- Adopt a pet
You can also use your free time to welcome a new friend in your life: a four-legged companion! It’ll keep you company and brighten up your days.
- Welcome a student
If your house allows it, you can welcome a student. In exchange of a modest rent, he/she will live in a room of your house and can help with certain house chores.
Enjoy retirement to travel
There is a broad range of new destinations that are affordable and easy to reach. To avoid solitude and celebrate your recent retirement, go for the packaged trips.
- Plan daily activities
There are several activities that can help prevent solitude:
- Return to a sport
Go to local associations and your townhall for information about sport activities nearby that you could be interested in.
- Go back to school
Nowadays, certain universities offer free courses that allow to go back to school at any age. There is no exam or degree at the end, just the pleasure of acquiring knowledge. The themes are diverse: history, language, but also theater, pottery, oenology, biology…
- Take care of your garden
An occupation that requires time: gardening. It demands patience and commitment. Being retired allows to spend as much time as it is necessary to create and maintain a beautiful garden.
- If you are a believer, visit your place of worship
Beyond the spiritual gain, it is also a way to connect with other members of your community and share your faith.
- Join a senior citizen club
There are many senior-dedicated organizations nowadays. They generally offer a large set of activities for retired people: hiking, drawing, etc.
Spend some time with friends and family
Do you have grandkids? Spend your free time with them! Whether it is for gardening or other activities, they will love to share these moments with you. And your children will also appreciate having a couple of hours to themselves. Make sure to put everyone’s mind to rest by getting a Weenect Silver, a GPS tracker that you can use to contact your relatives with an alarm button in case of an emergency.
Ask for support to ease the transition
However impatiently anticipated by some, it is still a major milestone in one’s life. It’s not easy to suddenly be on your own, with no obligations or schedule, after a long professional career.
– Sign up for a retirement preparation course
If you have the opportunity before you retire, follow a retirement preparation program. They cost between €1500 and €3000 and are sometimes subsidized by your company or pension fund.
– Get psychological support
If all of these tips still leave you lonely, get in touch with a professional. The issue could be more serious, in which case you may need emotional help in order to enjoy and make the most of your retirement years.
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