How to Get the Most Out of Your Retirement and Improve Confidence

How to Get the Most Out of Your Retirement and Improve Confidence

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Expert Author Susan Leigh
Retirement is something that many people are planning to take earlier in their lives, and with the opportunities of improved health care, diet and lifestyle usually people can look forward to many healthy and fulfilling years ahead.
- Mindset is an important part of the equation. Being interested in what is going on around keeps a person interesting to be with. Being mentally active and engaged in life stops us from becoming self absorbed and insular. Being keen to know about current affairs, the news, new theatre shows, learning new interests keeps us upbeat and motivated, as well as mentally alert.
- Looking as good as possible often reflects personal confidence levels. Maintaining good hygiene, keeping hair and clothes smart and making the effort to look attractive improves self esteem and also ensures that others treat us with respect too. We give off a better impression when we are smart and confident.
- Health. As we get older parts do wear out a little. Listening to the messages from our body, treating ourselves with respect and sensitivity and allowing healing to take the time it needs are all keys to staying well for longer. Resting when required, eating healthily and keeping mentally alert are all important factors.
- Exercise. Sensible exercise is important to keep the body moving and well. There is no reason why a person cannot stay active and live life to the full, but listening to the body, letting it take the time to heal if necessary is a key element. Many Leisure Centre run classes for the over 50's and these are great for people who are a little infirm or who have not regularly exercised before. They often incorporate a social element, which is a relaxed way of meeting new people. Judging what level of exercise is appropriate for you is an important factor in staying healthy and active. Fit older people can be seen using their additional free time to climb mountains and take up activities like gliding.
- Money can be tighter for some retired people. Look out for some of the discounts that are available at off-peak times. There are many places that are available for free or at reduced rates to older people, or at certain times or on certain days of the week. Turn it into an adventure. One retired couple in the UK decided to travel all round the country on an over 60's pass, and had a lot of fun doing it. They took as long as they wanted and stopped off at different places on the way. Start a book club where a group of people take turns to choose a book for all to read and then discuss it four weeks later. That way there is something to do and the stimulus of sharing an interesting discussion afterwards.
- Goal Setting. Whatever age we are goal setting can ensure that we stretch ourselves a little more and do new or different things. Some people use New Year or an anniversary to write down their important goals. Then schedule them into your planner so that there is a commitment to include them in your life.
- Volunteer. Many organisations would appreciate the help of an alert enthusiastic person with the time to commit. Animal charities and hospital visiting are two examples to consider.
- Relationships. It is lovely to have a special friend or partner to share life with. Many people are left on their own as they get older, maybe through bereavement or divorce. Relationships need attention and effort and if a person has lived alone for a time it can be difficult to learn to consider another person. Sometimes taking things slowly can be the key. Sharing a meal, a show or a walk together can help two people learn the value of having someone special in their lives again.
- Adventure. Try to do something different on a regular basis. Even just cooking a different recipe or booking to see a show that you are not sure you will enjoy. If it works out well, that is great, and if it was not so good, well at least you did it. It is all about keeping open to new opportunities and life experiences.