A happy retirement is about so much more than quitting your day job. Your golden years are a unique opportunity to savor the little things, reconnect with friends and family, give back to your community, and enjoy some well-deserved rest. Your senior years really are something to celebrate – which is why we’re going to explore how to make the most out of life.
How to Make the Most Out of Life
Wake Up Earlier
After retiring, you may find yourself tempted to sleep in to make up for all those early mornings at the office. While it’s true that quality rest is essential and you shouldn’t ever feel guilty about enjoying a restful weekend, waking up earlier can also have positive effects. Early mornings can be a wonderful time to check in with yourself, setting you up for a positive day ahead.
Savor the Little Things
As we grow older, it becomes more and more important to savor the seemingly mundane things that make life special. Retirement is a great opportunity to reassess what little things mean the most to you. For example, you may have enjoyed luxurious meals out on the town in your thirties and forties – but a quiet night in with your spouse might be more appealing now. Direct your attention to life’s little pleasures, like a delicious cup of coffee or a gorgeous fall day. Over time, noticing the little things will become second nature.
After you retire, you might wonder how to spend your days. Why not give back to a worthy cause? Senior volunteers enjoy a greater sense of purpose, which can greatly boost their mental health. And you might be surprised to learn how many ways you can support your community from home. Check out the following possibilities:
- Send a weekly card or letter to someone undergoing chemotherapy through Chemo Angels.
- Crochet or knit afghan squares to craft blankets through Warm Up America.
- Provide virtual tutoring to low-income high school students through UPchieve.
- If you’re bilingual, translate through Translators without Borders.
- Write letters or make handmade gifts for U.S. troops and first responders through Operation Gratitude.
The free time that comes with retirement provides a great opportunity to boost your bonds with friends and loved ones. However, it can be tough to know where to start. After all, when we retire, we often lose the built-in social network we find at the office. Don’t fret: There are plenty of ways to boost your social connections during your golden years. Attend events and activities within your retirement community, and keep in touch with family through phone calls and video chats.
Enjoy Your Space
When you think of making the most out of life, you probably don’t want to include chores in that equation. But regularly cleaning and decluttering your home is a great way to enjoy your space more. Regular tidying also saves you time – time that could otherwise be spent enjoying yourself. One of the wonderful things about living in a retirement community is that many household chores, like grocery shopping, cooking, and laundry, are included as part of the overall package, leaving you with more time to enjoy your home.
Finally, work to stay on the sunny side of life. Positive thinking has been shown to stave off anxiety and depression, as well as a host of other age-related health problems. Repeat positive affirmations, surround yourself with objects that make you happy, and remember to make time for a chuckle now and again.
Curious about how to make the most of life, but not sure where to start? Downsizing and relocating to a vibrant senior living facility could be a great place to start.
Are you looking for an assisted living community in Tennessee? Check out Hearthside Senior Living in Collierville and Bartlett. Our warm and inviting communities makes it easy for seniors to embrace a healthy lifestyle, with home-cooked and restaurant-style meals, exercise classes, and a nurse devoted to residents’ health and wellness. To learn more about our amenities and services, please contact us online.