The kids have flown the nest, you’ve finally retired… So what’s next?
Transitioning into retirement can be difficult at first, just like learning to ride a bike or starting a new job.
No one expects you to be an expert without a little time and practice first.
Take time for yourself
There’s no better time than now to take advantage of ‘me time’. Put your feet up and read that book you’ve been meaning to read or watch that movie you’ve never been able to watch. Now is the time for you. Whatever it is you like doing, do it; and enjoy every minute!
Try something new
Always wanted to try your hand at tennis? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to ‘mix things up’ with your favourite meal? Without having work as a major commitment you’ll be able to set aside time to try out new ventures. You may find something that you’re brilliant at, learn a new skill or make new friends. It’s a great way to find likeminded individuals at a similar life stage. Trying something new will boost your overall satisfaction and make for a gratified and happier you.
Invest in healthy relationships
Take advantage of this time to treasure your existing friendships and welcome new ones with open arms. Friends are there to help build you up and be there for you through life’s trials and tribulations. It’s important to build and maintain a strong support network, which will likely double as a lunch/coffee network! Devote time to your precious friends as laughter is good for the soul.
Know your finances
Become familiar with your finances. Take time to write out your weekly, monthly and yearly expenses to help determine budget. Stick to your budget as this will ensure longevity for your finances. It’s essential that you keep your investments growing and necessary cash flow available and consistent. You’ve worked hard to build your nest egg, don’t let your efforts go to waste now. Nurture your finances and they’ll give back.
NOTE: Now that you’re retired you can take advantage of better rates for activities and discounts at select stores. Remember, always ask if you’re eligible for a discount, they can only say no.
Reflect on all you’ve achieved
You’ve received plenty of celebratory cheers and congratulations upon announcing your retirement; it’s time to congratulate yourself! Reflect on all you’ve achieved over your life, both working and personal. You’ve done an amazing job to be where you are.
Everyone’s lives are different, as is everyone’s adjustment to retirement. Be gentle with yourself and stop comparing your experience to others. Focus on abolishing any self doubt and above all else, strive to be the happiest, healthiest and content version of yourself you can be.
Now’s the time, your time! Welcome to retirement :)