This is a big year for you. Yet along with the excitement of finally hanging your working boots, comes that nagging feeling that boredom may set in along the way.
Don’t overthink it.
Here are some tips to enjoy a boredom-free retirement:
Think big, act boldly
The fact that you have retired doesn’t mean that you cannot set new goals and aim for new accomplishments. You can pursue a passion you’ve always wanted or find new ways to employ the skills you developed during your career and even earn money doing it.
Retirement shouldn’t stop you from thinking big, taking chances and being a bit audacious.
Make new friends, reconnect with old ones
Research shows that retirees with a firm circle of friends are much more likely to say they’re happy with their lives.
If you don’t have many friends you can meet new people by volunteering for charity, taking a part-time job, joining online groups that get together to pursue a common interest (Like fitness, dancing, books, writing) and even enrolling for courses at a University – all these are excellent ways to meet new people and widen your social network.
While at it, don’t forget to maintain relationships with older friends, the people with whom you shared life’s earlier experiences.
Explore opportunities to shake things up
Being able to relax without having a daily to-do list on one’s mind is one of the many perks of retirement. But a daily dose of relaxation or sticking too closely to the same routine can lead to boredom and create a sense of sluggishness. This is why you should find ways to break out of the usual routine and spice things up occasionally.
That could involve something as simple as taking an unplanned road trip, trying out a new hobby, going away to a new city for some time, learning a new language etc. Do something that pushes you out of your comfort zone.
Bottom line: The most important thing is to enter this phase of life excited about new possibilities- be ready to seek out challenges and adventures.