In retirement, you can treat yourself to a smorgasbord of interesting things to do, to achieve and to enjoy. You can choose things that you’re skilled at and others you’ve never tried before.
The quality of the activities that you pursue is more important than the frequency or number of activities. Your activities should be challenging and interesting. Include regular physical activities. They not only tone up your body but can help to relieve anxieties, tension, fear or depression, and make you feel more alive and cheerful. If you feel good about what you’re doing, you’ll feel good about yourself.
When selecting activities, look for major events that you can put on your calendar, such as a golf date, a visit to a friend, volunteering, taking an online course, babysitting your grandchild or going on a trip. Avoid filling your calendar with time fillers, such as watching television or surfing the internet.
Most people associate retirement with travel. The limiting factors are cost, energy, enthusiasm, and health issues. Travel does not necessarily mean going to exotic places. It may include discovering your community or province.
An increasing number of tours are being designed for the retired and there are travel agencies that deal exclusively with retirement travel packages. The advantages of packaged tours are:
Things to consider in planning your own tour:
In addition, educational and volunteer opportunities exist for retirees who want to combine them with travel. If these opportunities interest you, have a look at organizations such as Road Scholar, which offers educational programs for seniors at universities or colleges in Canada, the U.S. or overseas.
Use the ''Leisure Activities'' section of the Life After Work worksheets to categorize and list all of the activities you plan to be involved in when you retire. Then select how you will carry them out, e.g., alone, with a friend or family member. Indicate the number of hours per week or per month you intend to spend on each activity. Once you are done, check to see if your choices are sufficiently varied to maintain your physical and mental health while keeping you socially active. Then challenge yourself by completing the “Seasonal Activities” section of the Life After Work worksheet. Will you be busy in the winter but not in the summer? Consider adding new activities to your list.
What new activities should you consider? The list below isn’t exhaustive, but you might find some things to your liking.
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