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How To Find Meaning And Purpose After Retirement

Tuesday, 05 January 2021

When you’re entering a new stage in life like finishing work and considering retirement more seriously, the new year marks a turning point to check in on your goals and ask yourself what’s important to achieve both your financial and personal dreams.

Here are four ways to help you find meaning and purpose in life after retirement:

Take care of your Finances

A great place to start is to look into your superannuation and other investments to understand what available funds you have to put towards your future plans. This will also help you to work out what financial resources you may need to realise your goals of retirement.

Focusing on the financial aspects of retirement is important, but the personal side of your retirement plan is just as important, and could ultimately guide how you use your retirement assets.

Identify What Gives Your Life Meaning And Purpose

Make a list of the things you want to do in retirement, whether that’s spending more time with grandchildren, travelling, gardening or volunteer work. All of these things can offer you meaning, purpose and happiness.

Find Yourself A Great Book

There are a lot of books out there on retirement. Why not consider some of the best reads on re-defining retirement and how to achieve a life of purpose and fulfillment. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

  • A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
  • You Learn by Living by Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Try A Mindfulness App

    Mindfulness Apps are a hot topic right now.

    Mindfulness involves focusing completely on what’s going on inside you and outside you so that you can learn to control your feelings and thoughts, resulting in more happiness and contentment in your life. Here are three top mindfulness meditation apps.

    Headspace: Start with their calming one-minute breathing exercise to see if this is something for you.

    Stop, Breathe and Think: This app checks in with how you are feeling and recommends a meditation based on your mood.

    365 Gratitude: 365 Gratitude is a science-based app that will motivate you to cultivate a grateful mindset in just 5 minutes a day. Gratitude is a key component of feeling and finding meaning.

    Whatever path you choose to find your meaning and purpose for life after retirement, have an open mind. Get creative and strategic and retirement may just be your greatest adventure yet.

    For your new start with Oak Tree, visit Oak Tree Retirement Villages, or call 1300 367 155.