Having an abundance of spare time can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to retirement. If you’re new to retirement and the free time it brings, it can be hard to know how to keep an active mind busy and occupied.
Rather than worry about retirement, embrace it and enjoy rediscovering old passions and discovering new ones.
Immersing yourself in new hobbies can bring you friendship, happiness and entertainment. So if you’re wondering what activities you can try, Kennedy Wild Bird Food have put a list together to get you started:
After working for what seems a lifetime, the first years of retirement is the golden opportunity to go travelling. With your children all grown up and no work commitments, the world is really your oyster. Whether it’s visiting spots in your home country you’ve never had a chance to see, or far away destinations for an eye-opening experience. If you don’t have a travel buddy, consider booking onto a tour where you can meet likeminded folk.
2. The Great Outdoors
Have you always had an interest in flowers or birds but never really had the time to delve into learning about them? There are a wealth of hobbies retirees can pick up, the appreciation of outdoor activities is just one of them.
Whilst hiking up Snowden might not be what the doctors recommend, going for a stroll in the woods, or even just helping your garden birds thrive in the cold winter weather will help you expand your horizons. Feeding your garden birds fat balls or high energy bird seed as food sources can be scarce during the cold weather.
3. Learn a language
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, and if you’re upset that you may not be quite as sharp as you used to be, fear not! You have something a teenager doesn’t, and that is a lifetime of learning.
Learning a language allows you to build up your “cognitive reserve” which has been known to help prevent brain damage. In the same way as learning a new instrument, learning a foreign language is a fun way of exercising your brain, and keeping it sharp in retirement.
After your busy working career, retirement offers a reprieve from all the hustle bustle. However, you should still try and remain active. Consider rekindling a few of those physical activities you used to enjoy when you were younger. Exercise has many physical and mental benefits. These include: helping to ward off dementia, keeping you physically fit, and keeping you happy. If nothing immediately springs to mind, try a few of these activities:
- Dance class
- Joining a gym
- Light running
5. Learn about your past
Genealogy is an incredibly popular hobby these days, especially with the wealth of information on the internet. To begin tracing your family tree, gather as much information as you can from family members, whether these are family stories or dates of birth. Your local library and the internet will also provide plenty of resources to help you in your search.
Tracing your family history has many fun benefits. On your search, you will often meet people researching the same information as you. You could also end up meeting distant relatives or enjoying the thrill of visiting a place that is connected with your family history.