So you have retired. You’ve waited a long time for this moment. Your attitude concerning retirement will determine, to a large degree whether it was worth the wait. Your career consumed a lot of your time and energy. Now there will be more time to invest in other pursuits.
To invest the time wisely you may want to:
* SET GOALS:
Decide what is important to you and your family and set goals accordingly.
Making your goals specific rather than general will make them more achievable.
Start with the easiest and quickest goals first. This will give a sense of accomplishment and spur you on to tackle the more difficult goals.
Remember: Action sparks creativity.
As we grow older most of us experience health problems. Usually these can be worked around or dealt with so we can continue to lead productive lives. Which brings me to my second point:
* TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY:
When we were working it was easy to be too busy to take care of ourselves. Our bodies have most likely suffered as a result. Now we have more time to invest in eating healthy and exercising regularly. Our physical body depends on us to feed it the right nutrients and exercise appropriately. If we don’t take care of our bodies it’s equivalent to neglecting to put gas and oil in our vehicles. Without gas it won’t take us where we want to go.
*TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN:
There is no denying that most of us lose some of our cognitive thinking ability as we get older. Senior moments may be coming more frequently and we aren’t quite as sharp as we used to be. Although this is annoying, with the exception of severe dementia or Alzheimer’s it can also be worked with and worked around:
* WRITE IT DOWN:
If it’s important to remember don’t trust an aging brain. Make a record and put it in plain view. Or keep a little notebook with you to write things down. If you are techie you can put it in your cell phone.
* MAKE TO DO LISTS:
You will get more done if you remember what needs done.
*EXERCISE YOUR MIND:
Our brains need to be exercised just like our bodies. Reading is good. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku give our brains a workout. If you have access to a Kindle or other androids, there are apps to exercise our brains.
Now let’s explore the pitfalls of retirement.
Working at our job gave us a sense of purpose and made us feel useful.
Retirement doesn’t mean we have outlived our usefulness.
* AVOID NEGATIVITY:
There is a big wide world out there and being retired just means we have more time to explore our interests and talents and come up with new and exciting ways to use those talents to build a new purpose. God has gifted each one of us with unique abilities and interests and we are never as fulfilled as when we are using them productively.
* DON’T BE A COUCH POTATO:
You worked hard all those years and now you deserve to rest. Yes. Get your rest. But if that’s all you do, you will be miserable. Keep busy. Still water becomes stagnant. And when we cease to grow our lives become stagnant.
We hear that term used in business and it means to make connections. This can be carried over to our personal life as well. Stay connected with other people. Surround yourself with encouraging friends and acquaintances. Learn from them and share your knowledge with them in return.
* NEVER STOP LEARNING:
Education opens up a whole new world to us. We’re never bored when we are learning about the things that interest us. Read books. Search the internet. Take a course or learn a new craft or hobby.
* NEVER GIVE UP:
This world has an abundance of seniors who have given up. They buy in to the lie that they are “too old”. They focus on what they can’t do rather than doing what they can. Don’t be one of them.
Your life isn’t over until you take your last breath.
Don’t just live life; take steps to start enjoying it.
Thank you for reading and .. Happy retirement!
At your service,
*Use the comment section to tell us how you are enjoying your retirement.