When you’ve spent the majority of your life working, the thought of retirement can be unnerving. Up until now you’ve probably lived your life in a set routine that’s included work, holidays then back to work, so it’s understandable that retirement seems like some uncertain abyss. But even though you’re hanging up your suit and tie, with the right approach and solid plans in place you can live an equally fulfilling life even in retirement.
In a Forbes article writer Ashlea Ebeling refers to The Retirement Maze, what you should know before and after you retire. She quotes, “In retirement you must be reborn or else wither away.” Use the following 10 tips from our retirement survival kit to help you on your journey of reinvention:
Create a monthly budget
The first thing to survive retirement is making sure the money you’ve invested and saved for your retirement lasts you. Draw up a monthly budget to help you spend wisely. Then also take advantage of senior citizens discounts because being a retiree pays at most retailers.
On days when there’s nothing to do, don’t panic
Most people fear retirement because they get panicked at the idea of having nothing to do. In fact many a retirement survival kit tries to push the idea that you should fight to keep busy. But there can be great joy in leaning into the pleasurable prospect of sitting back quietly and watching the tides roll away.
Take on a new challenge
Consider enrolling in that Literature degree you’d always dreamt of. If you’re afraid that your sharp mind will grow cobwebs consider registering for a course. New challenges keep us motivated and with more and more people studying as ‘mature students’ it could be a great way to meet people with shared interests.
Explore new places
This is perhaps the most therapeutic tool in the retirement survival kit. Imagine exploring the old towns and breathtaking terrain of the Valencian countryside before returning to your home on the dazzling Costa Blanca. Calpe offers a wealth of beautiful homes that offer fine opportunities for investors to consider. What better way to escape the winter than catching a quick flight to your own sunny home on the Spanish coast.
If you’ve been active before retirement don’t stop just because you’re now a retiree. If you haven’t been active, get active and enjoy the benefits of the endorphins it releases to the blues at bay.
Take on a leadership role in your church
If you’re a religious person get more involved in your church. It will not only fulfill you even more spiritually but it will also keep you quite busy because as you know church activities don’t just end after Sunday services.
Pass on your skills
The years of expertise you’ve gained in the corporate world doesn’t disappear overnight when you become a retiree. Continue to put it to use by finding a school, university or organisation where you can impart your wisdom onto others.
Spend time nurturing friendships
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The only way to have a friend is to be one.” As you grow older nurturing relationships becomes increasingly important. Chewing the fat with new and old friends is a naturally enjoyable way to pass the hours.
Find a retirees association
There’s nothing like spending time in the company of people who are going through the same experiences as you. Joining a retirees association is a great way to not only make new friends but to also find out how other people are coping with challenges they are coming across as retirees.
Make sure you and your partner are on the same page
If you and your partner are retiring at the same time discuss the type of retirement you would like to live and make sure you’re on the same page. For instance get your wife involved in the process of googling ‘property Costa Blanca’ and planning your great escape to the white shores of Spain.
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