Life After Retirement – Finding Joy and Fulfillment in The Journey

Life After Retirement – Finding Joy and Fulfillment in This New Journey

You’ve done it! Congratulations you’re retired! Now what? What does Life After Retirement look like?

So many people look forward to the promises of the golden age of retirement; no more work and all play.

But do we forget how to play after so many years of working?

The answer is more than likely YES!

In this article, we’re going to share with you how to get the most out of life after you’ve retired.

Whether you’re living in a Veterans Retirement Home like the AFRH or stilling living in your own home you can find joy and fulfillment in retirement anywhere.

Everyone has a different retirement goal and envisions their life after retirement completely different. Some people just want to enjoy the same lifestyle in the same home with their family. Others want to travel the world and still, others want to devote themselves to giving back to their community.

Whatever your retirement goals are enjoying retirement is the key to how to have a fulfilling retirement.

Mind Over Money

Most people, when they think of retirement, focus on retirement savings, retirement income, and Financial Security.

However, money in retirement is nothing but a tool. This tool can allow you free time, spending time with your family, happiness, health, and purpose.  Viewing money as a tool rather than a crutch is important for long-term retirement happiness. Your view and relationship with money will set the tone for your transition into retirement.

Be Like a Duck

Once you retire you’re going to find that you have a lot more free time than you ever did. This time can quickly be filled with requests, demands, and sometimes even nagging from your friends or family to do what they’d like you to do.

The biggest thing to know is that you’re not going to be able to make those people happy all the time.

Choose activities and how you spend your time in a way that’s right for you and that makes you happy. Choosing the things that are most important to you like hobbies, spending time with grandchildren, volunteering, or whatever is the closest to your heart will make you the happiest.

Focus on those things and don’t focus on the requests or demands of those around you.  Be like a duck and let all of those request and demands for your time roll off your back. Life is short be happy!

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Find what you Love

Finding what you love to do can be one of the first big steps (and often overlooked) to enjoying your retirement.

Right up there on the checklist for happiness and health is fulfillment. When you find an activity, whether it be volunteering, a part-time job,  traveling, or helping other people, your daily life will become more fulfilling and you’ll be grateful for every part of what happened in each day.

In order to find what you love start where you are.

Have you been an avid golfer?
Do you love gardening?

Engaging in all the things you’ve loved over the years even at a higher level will allow you to really see what sparks joy in the inside of you.  If you find that going back to activities you’ve done before but they aren’t fulfilling, start trying new activities. If you need to fill your time, consider volunteering, getting a part-time job or learning a new skill.

The internet is a great place to access information on different skills that you can use to help other people. SocialMedia4Beginners.com is a great resource of FREE online courses that you can use to learn about the most popular Social Media Sites online.

Enjoy Your Life in Retirement!

Our biggest piece of advice is to just enjoy each and every moment.  Even the ones that seem lonely or boring.

Once you find what you love, those moments may be few and far between!  

5 Things You Can Do To Overcome Loneliness as a Senior

Overcoming Loneliness as a Senior can be a challenge.  If your spouse has passed away and you are alone, or maybe your children are just grown up and living away from home, we at the Armed Forces Veterans Retirement Home understand. 

There are many situations in which you can find yourself lonely as a senior citizen.

No matter what situation you’re in there are ways to overcome this loneliness and reconnect with other people. In this article will share with you five things you can do to overcome loneliness as a senior.

5 Things to help you Overcome Loneliness as a Senior

1. Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great way to overcome loneliness.  When you volunteer, you will meet many other people. There is even the possibility of finding other Seniors that are in the same situation that you are.

Volunteering can be a great way to become involved in your community and give back. It can also connect you with people you may have never encountered in your daily routine. Interacting with all generations can be helpful to broaden your Social Circle.

Being a volunteer at an organization can also provide you with a sense of purpose and direction. Helping other people can also put your own situation into perspective and allow you to see the things you are grateful for in your own life.

    2. Get a Pet

Getting a pet can also be a great way to overcome loneliness. Pets are constant companions always with you, always happy to see you, ready to cheer you up at a moments notice.

Having a pet and taking care of them can greatly increase your sense of purpose and enjoyment in your life.

    3. Make New Friends

Making new friends is a great way to overcome loneliness.

While it may not be as easy as it sounds, there are great resources available for seniors in your community.  Use every opportunity you have when you meet someone to introduce yourself and let them know who you are.

Get to know them and don’t be too shy to invite them to join you for a cup of coffee.

Some suggestions of places you can meet other seniors colon

  • Your local Senior Center
  • Churches
  • Health clubs
  • Meetup.com
  • Service organizations
  • Your Area Agency on Aging
  • Social Media

4. Find a New Hobby

When you start anything new including hobbies, you’ll naturally make friends with people who also enjoy that hobby.

Let’s say you decide to take up gardening. If you go to your local Garden Center, you’re more than likely to interact with other gardeners. Starting a conversation about your new hobby can be a great way to find other people to interact with.

    5. Meet Your Neighbors

Making an effort to meet your neighbors can be a great way to fight loneliness. Take a walk around your neighborhood, clean up trash or plant some flowers.  Meeting neighbors on your walk will probably happen naturally.

Beautifying your neighborhood will not only make you feel good but can also be a natural conversation starter for anyone that sees what you’re up to.

It is very important to know that if you feel lonely, you are not alone. Many Seniors also report feeling lonely, and social isolation even when living with family members.

Whatever ways you feel most comfortable, just start trying to combat loneliness. Get started today! There is no better time than the present moment to start connecting with the people around you.

Taking good care of your mental health can help to fight loneliness and depression.