Did you know that those who retire early are often expected to live longer? There’s plenty to be excited about when it comes to retirement, especially those extra years of life!

However, when it comes to letting go of working life, it is common to underestimate the emotional toll such a drastic change of lifestyle can have. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can keep a positive attitude and healthy life outlook. 

Keep reading for our three top tips for retirees on moving forward if you are struggling to make a smooth transition. 

1. Make Your Bucket List

Many of us have dreams that we have had to put off due to work. Retirement can be the perfect opportunity to take stock of your bucket list and see what you can realistically afford and prioritize these.

Traveling and cruises are top of the list for many, however, there are a number of more affordable options such as learning a new hobby or language.

Simples things such as spending more time with grandchildren or adopting a rescue animal can also be greatly rewarding experiences for older people who have more time to spare. 

2. Look After Your Health

Keeping fit and healthy is just as important as you get older, if not more so. 

Many people find that their appetites decrease as they age, but eating regular meals is essential to staying healthy. Be sure to get a variety of fruit and vegetables and whole grains. Choose simple and easy recipes if you are cooking for fewer people or subscribe to a good quality meal delivery service. 

Keeping your mind active is also very important. Games and puzzles like crosswords or sudoku are a form of brain training. It is clinically proven that staying mentally active can decrease memory loss and your chances of getting dementia. 

A change of work routine can be jarring, it can help to create your own new routine when you leave work and start retirement. Even scheduling in something simple like a daily walk or cup of coffee can keep you active and mentally healthy.

3. Consider a Retirement Community

Being around others who are also retired can be a great way to keep social, join group activities and avoid loneliness.

Retirement communities often boast attractive rural landscapes and have a variety of facilities such as swimming pools, spas, restaurants, and bars. There are a range of classes to keep active and meet new people.

There are plenty of options available such as luxury assisted living where you still keep your independence. It can be an exciting new chapter in your life if you have been struggling to move forward after retirement. 

Have You Found Our Tips for Retirees Helpful? 

Creating a bucket list, looking after your health, and being part of a retirement community are all great tips for a happy retirement. Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself, why not start with a small routine change or book a visit to a retirement community to look around? 

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By SARAH