With much of retirement planning focused on financial security, your well-being can often be overlooked.
Finishing work is a huge lifestyle change and it can be stressful. While having more time to pursue your own interests is exciting, if you’re not mentally prepared it can be daunting.
Deteriorating health, loss of social connections and finding a new purpose are all common concerns for many older Australians. But there’s plenty you can do to stop these worries in their tracks. Here, we’ll share some tips to help you look after your well-being and enjoy a healthy, happy and fulfilling retirement.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
During our working years, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits because you’re busy. Now, with more time available, there’s no excuse! Exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet and get enough sleep and you’ll feel better both mentally and physically for it.
When it comes to exercising, choose an activity you enjoy so it’s not a chore. From walking and swimming, to dancing and yoga, there are plenty of options. If you need some inspiration in the kitchen, look up healthy recipes online. Or better still, treat yourself to a new cookbook or pick up one from the library.
It’s also a good idea to see your GP if anything about your physical health is worrying you. Addressing it promptly puts your mind at ease and helps you manage any health issues before they become serious.
Maintain Regular Connection with Others
Keeping in regular contact with your family, friends and other members of your community is important for your well-being once you retire. It can feel quite lonely without the regular social interactions of work, so organise a weekly activity or regular catch up with a friend. If you’re looking to try something new, check with your local community centre to find out about activities, classes and groups that may be of interest.
Connecting with others is a common reason many over 55s move to a retirement community. Living in a village with shared facilities and organised activities makes it easier to build new friendships, stay social and get out and about.
Find Meaning by Identifying Your Purpose
One of the most challenging aspects of retirement is to rediscover your purpose after a lifetime of focusing on work. When you’re pursuing activities with a purpose, it gets you up and going in the morning. You feel like you’re contributing something, which can help you lead a happier and longer life.
If you’re not sure about your own purpose, have some fun discovering it. It’s different for everyone, so try a range of different activities such as volunteering, creative pursuits, sports, or gardening until you find something that moves you, brings a sense of joy and stirs your passions.
Look After Your Well-Being and Enjoy Your Retirement
Preparing yourself mentally for retirement is just as important as looking after your finances. It’s an exciting new stage of life, where anything is possible. So, take care of your physical health, maintain relationships with others and rediscover your purpose, and you’ll enjoy it to the fullest.
Over to You
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