18 Things You Should Do To Get The Best Out Of Your Retirement

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By Darryl Henderson

Retirement can be a strangely daunting thing, after all, you’ve spent most of your life working and aren’t used to having all this free time ahead of you. Here are 18 things you should do to get the best out of your retirement.

Declutter Your Home

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Tidying up your home and getting rid of things that take up space is the ideal way to start off your retirement. It will help you feel as though you’re entering into a fresh start, and as suggested by the BBC, it will help you feel free and cleansed.

Explore Where You Live

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It can be easy to get on the website of a travel agent and book yourself a trip as far away as possible, but first, why not explore the area in which you live? Learn all of the hidden details you will have neglected while you were busy working.


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Giving up work for good will throw up strange shifts in your mentality, where you feel as though there is something missing in your day-to-day life. According to the National Library of Medicine, volunteering in retirement promotes active aging, benefitting the individual and the community they serve.

Get Back in Touch With Lost Friends/Family

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When you’re in the eye of the working storm, time comes at a premium, making it easy to lose connections with friends and family along the way. Now that you have more time on your hands, it’s an opportunity to try and reconnect with former loved ones.

Check in on Your Health

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Work and age take their toll on the body and can lead to undiagnosed injuries that may get worse over time, affecting mobility. Going for a health check first thing after retirement will give you peace of mind that everything is in order.

Learn a Language

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Learning a language takes a lot of time and effort. Now you’ve retired, you have an abundance of the former, presenting a perfect opportunity to become a little more cultured. It will also make traveling easier if you go to a country where your newly-learned language is spoken. 

Join a Local Club

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Most people of working age take socializing with colleagues and general members of society for granted, only realizing how important it is once they have retired. Thankfully, most areas are thriving with local clubs and societies that can be joined to alleviate loneliness.

Enjoy Regular Spa Days

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Retirement should be all about relaxing and reaping the rewards of a lifetime of work. There are few better ways to fully switch off from the grind of working life than spending time at a spa, getting massages, and being taken good care of.

Start Exercising

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When you’re working every day, it can be hard to find the time to get an adequate workout in, leaving your fitness levels with a lot to be desired. During retirement, it’s wise to take up a form of exercise low in impact, such as cycling or swimming.


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Travel is one of the best ways to discover not only more about our planet but also more about ourselves. Soak in the different cultures and climates that the world has to offer, and you will return home feeling like a completely different person.

Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

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Now you have more time at your disposal, why not use it to live a more sustainable and satisfying lifestyle. This can involve using a garden space or allotment to grow your own produce or maybe raising chickens and harvesting the eggs.

Support Local Businesses

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With more disposable income and more time to shop around, buying your groceries, home furnishings, and general products from local businesses will do wonders for your local area. It’s easy to ignore the smaller businesses in favor of the more convenient brands when you’re busy with work.

Draft in Financial Professionals

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If you’ve been one to sort out all of your finances by yourself over the years, it is about time you took that weight off your shoulders. As is suggested in Forbes, experienced advisors have guided many people through the retirement process, which will give you a license to relax.


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You’ve gained years of experience during your working life, so it’s about time you passed on your wisdom to the younger generations. Mentoring can be done in an official capacity, maybe as part of a program taking place at your former workplace.

Start a Business

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Many retirees choose to carry on working after leaving traditional employment, setting up businesses around their hobbies to keep busy. According to Business, 18.4% of workers above the age of 65 are self-employed, which is larger than any other age group.

Tick Off Bucket List Items

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Retirement is the perfect time to tick off some bucket list items that you have been thinking about doing for years. Whether it be as daring as jumping out of a plane or something a little easier on the heart rate like taking pottery classes, it’s best to try these things before it’s too late.

Revisit Education

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There’s a great deal of satisfaction that comes with academic achievements, even once you’ve reached retirement age. Most colleges accept mature students, so there is likely to be a contingent of older people to bounce your ideas off if you return to school.

Learn an Instrument

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When you have seemingly unlimited time on your hands, filling it with the satisfaction of learning a new skill, such as playing an instrument, will help you feel as if you are putting it to good use. With the benefit of sites such as YouTube, you can start learning instantly.