Retirement is something that most of us dream about for years. However, when it comes, it can be a bit of a culture shock. Gone is the nine-to-five routine of your working life, and in its place is a blank slate. Some people take to retirement like a duck to water, but others find it a bit trickier. If you find yourself or a loved one in the latter category, then the following tips will come in handy to make the most of retirement, instead of letting it get you down.

Plan Out Your Time

You’ve had your retirement party, and left your workplace for the last time- now what? With all that time stretching out in front of you, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of freedom you suddenly have. On the other hand, if you are not productive with your newfound free time, then you could end up feeling depressed, as each day blends into another. A constructive way around both of these problems is to plan out your time and give your retirement a bit more structure. For instance, regular classes to learn a new skill will provide you with something to look forward to, as well as a valuable sense of achievement. Heading down to the gym a couple of times a week, or setting a date with friends for coffee, can help retirement to feel a little more structured.

Expand Your Social Circle

Once you leave work, a lot of the faces you used to see on a daily basis will be consigned to the past. Rather than letting your social circle shrink down, you should instead seek to expand it by getting out there and doing new things. From attending classes and clubs to inviting the neighbors over to get to know each other better, the chance to make new friends is one of the joys of retirement- make the most of it!


Now that you’re no longer working full-time, you still have something incredibly valuable to offer your community- your time. Volunteering is an excellent way to stay active, meet people, and instill your retirement with a sense of purpose and achievement. There are heaps of great causes out there that just need some people to lend a hand, from after-school programs to museums and libraries that find themselves understaffed. Volunteering lets you pursue your interests, and at the end of the day, you’ll feel like you’ve done something that matters.

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