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How to look after your well-being in Retirement

Thursday, 27 August 2020

While it’s important that we look after both our physical and mental wellbeing throughout our lives, retirement is a unique time period that comes with different obstacles than what we faced in our 30s, 40s and 50s. From paying close attention to physical changes to ensuring that the next years are happy and fulfilling, there can be quite a bit to consider.

Here’s how to stay healthy in retirement.

Physical Health

You may be inclined to believe that less physical exercise is better as you age, but the opposite is actually true!

While power-lifting weights and pushing through extreme cardio may not be possible anymore, exercises that improve your flexibility, strength and balance will go a long way to preventing injuries in the future.

Low-impact exercises such was walking, swimming and cycling are all great exercise options, as is yoga (hatha yoga is particularly good for those trying yoga for the first time, since it is slower paced than other forms of yoga).

We have more at-home exercising tips for seniors here.

There are also exercises you can do at home if you don’t have access to a gym or are a little more restricted in your movement. Knee lifts, wall push-ups, toe taps, heel raises, stretching and single-leg balancing are all exercises that can contribute to positive physical health.

Whatever exercise you choose, you should aim for at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate exercise in order to stay healthy throughout your retirement.

Make Regular Connections With Family And Friends

Retirement can be lonely for some, especially if you find yourself retiring to a new community in a different town or city. This is why it’s important to connect with neighbours, friends or family on a regular schedule.

Take advantage of your village’s social events wherever possible in order to make new connections, or organise a monthly barbecue with your family to catch up on everything going on in their lives. The more involved you remain, the happier you will be during your retirement years.

Find Meaning And Purpose

This can be difficult for anyone at any age, but it is key when trying to find how to be happy in retirement. Luckily, there’s lots you can do to find your purpose, including:

  • Donate your time, money or skills. While taking is frequently associated with happiness, giving often leads to a sense of meaningfulness.
  • Listen to feedback.If somebody says you are a great painter for example, this can reinforce some of the passions you have engaged in in the past.
  • Be with positive people.Don’t feel obligated to see people who do not offer you joy in their company and conversations.
  • Try something new. If you have been putting off a new hobby due to your previously busy career, retirement gives you a chance to try new hobbies and find meaning in them.
  • Get involved in social justice. If you feel strongly about animal welfare, civil rights or another community injustice, now is the time to bring meaning to your life by engaging with social organisations that bring good into the world.
  • Enjoy Your Retirement

    There are few times in life when you can truly kick back and relax! With no work obligations or schedules in the way, retirement is the perfect time to invest in you. Explore the great outdoors, start a new hobby, travel across the country – whatever you choose, make sure it brings happiness to your new life.

    We hope these tips will help you in achieving health and happiness during this exciting new time. If you’d like to explore other ways to stay happy during retirement, why not read more on making friends in your 60s, or learn more about how connectivity at an Oak Tree retirement village can keep you active and joyful.