Tips for Thriving During Retirement

You’re retiring? Congratulations! You have the opportunity to make the next phase of your life absolutely amazing. When you’re planning for retiring, just keep a few important things in mind and you’ll be able to thrive during retirement.

looking for ways to enjoy your retirement?

  • Be smart about your budget. Money management for retirement can be tricky because it often means adjusting to a limited income. Set a realistic budget so that you don’t have to worry that you’re going to run out of money.
  • Make sure your home is safe. Your risk of falls increases as you age, so evaluate the safety of your home and make any necessary repairs.
  • Keep things interesting. Challenge yourself to continually learn new things and keep your brain active. Do routine tasks a little bit differently to keep your brain sharp.
  • Do something meaningful. When you first retire, you might revel in your freedom to do nothing at all. As time goes by, though, you’ll realize that inactivity is boring. Look for meaningful things to do, like volunteering.
  • Connect with people of all ages. Human connection is vital to a full life, so look for ways to form connections during retirement. Make friends with people your own age but keep your mind open to new possibilities for engagement. Don’t underestimate the way spending time with children can fill your life with laughter and fun. If you don’t have young relatives nearby, consider volunteering at a school.
  • Take care of your brain. Engage in activities that stimulate the brain and you’ll help stave off cognitive decline. Read, write, play games, work puzzles, and always be looking for new things to learn.
  • Have some adventures. Create a bucket list of things you’d like to experience. Never stop dreaming up new ideas and adding them to the list.
  • Take up a hobby. Learn to play a musical instrument, speak a foreign language, paint, or something else you’ve always thought about but mastering. It’s easy to pick up new hobbies during retirement, when you have more free time than ever before.
  • Keep moving. Walk, swim, or try new fitness programs. Work to build your core strength, stamina, balance, and flexibility, aiming for 30 minutes of exercise each day to stay fit during retirement.
  • Care for your spirit as well as your body. Reconnect with your faith or adopt a meditative practice.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle habits. Eat a nutrient-dense diet, get plenty of rest, don’t smoke, and don’t drink to excess. Find a doctor you trust and keep up with regular checkups.

If you’re looking for a place to retire and thrive, come take a tour of a Cambridge Village community. At each Cambridge Village location, you can experience all the reasons that we’re considered North Carolina’s premier Optimal Living® community for active adults. We offer an exceptional lifestyle, with evolving wellness, concierge healthcare, and engaged experience, for a retirement experience that exceeds your expectations. Call us today at (910) 239-9500 or contact us through our website.