Retirement can be a word of dread for many people as it holds the stigma of somehow been attached to ‘old age’. However, more and more people are retiring at an early age which is great news. It gives us chance to do all those things we wanted to do but never had time for. We can now start planning for those adventures that we had to sideline because of family commitments.
However, retirement can sometimes leave us feeling lonely and isolated, especially if our partner is still working. It can be a difficult time, especially for women who may be suffering from empty nest syndrome due to children leaving home. If you missed my blog post on empty nest syndrome please click here to read it. So what can we do to help us transition into retirement without feeling overwhelmed? I wrote an article for My Weekly on this very topic, so I would like to share it with you now.
“All local newspapers have details of events, clubs or classes that you could join. Whether this is a dance class, yoga class, art class or a photography club, there is always something for everybody’s needs and interests.
“If you are female then why not search out for your local Women’s Institute? Most towns and cities in the UK have a W.I group that you could join. These groups are not all about making jam and singing Jerusalem! They have many varied activities, days out, and most of all they are about friendship and community. A fabulous way of making new friends and getting out of the house.”
“Go to your local library or book shop and enquire about joining the local book club. Book clubs have become very popular recently and it is a great way to make friends AND read some great books.”
“Join your local sports club. Do you have an interest in a particular sport such as golf or tennis or perhaps bowls? Sports can be a great way of making new friendships, but also a way of keeping fit and healthy which is so important as we get older.”
“Enquire at your local college about adult education classes. Perhaps you want to learn Spanish for your next holiday? Or are you interested in learning pottery or a similar craft skill? Perhaps you want to learn a skill that might help you set up a new business working from home? Do you know that the age of 50 is the most popular age for restarting a new career or business?”
“Are you interested in singing as part of a group or choir? Then why not visit your local church to see if there any opportunities for you to join a group. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and can give you a sense of worth and belonging.”
“If you are retired and have a lot of spare time then volunteering is a great way to meet new people and give something back. Many charities are crying out for volunteers and while you are obviously helping them out, this can also be a great way for you to feel part of the community and can give you a sense of self fulfilment.”
“If you are retired but miss the feeling of being part of the workforce then why not look for a local part-time job? There are lots of opportunities for the over fifties with many companies now welcoming this age group with open arms as they realize the advantages of employing the older generation.”
I hope you enjoyed reading these quick tips to help you or a loved one with retirement. Retirement can hold so much opportunities for us that are positive and can really enrich our lives.
If you are retired or semi retired how did you find the transition? Have you any tips to pass on to other readers?
Until next time dear friends