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How to stay busy as a retiree

You’ve finally retired! And now you’re (hopefully) living somewhere nice and sunny. You had tons of plans for retirement: travel, hobbies, cooking, being with friends and family. But after a few weeks, you start to feel something. You feel bored. You’ve already watched as much TV as one can handle, you are doing your hobbies, but it’s not enough.

How do you stay busy once you’re no longer working? For many retirees and seniors, the answer is to find something similar to work that is rewarding to you. Now that you don’t need to work for money, you can do work for other reasons such as helping people or learning.

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Here are a few ideas to help keep you busy and fulfilled during your retirement.

Start an exercise routine
No longer can you give the excuse that you’re too tired from work to exercise. Now you can set the perfect time for working out whether it’s 8am, 1pm, or 10pm. Do at least 30 minutes 3-4 times per day. If you find it hard to motivate yourself, try joining a class.

Volunteer
What’s a cause you really can get behind? Maybe you want to help build homes for those in your community, you can join Habitat for Humanity. Perhaps you’re an animal lover, check out your local shelter. Volunteer at a hospital as a greeter. There are tons of opportunities out there. Check out Volunteer Match for opportunities near you.

Find a part time job
If you like the idea of working some more, find a part time job. Now that you don’t need money, you can be very picky about the job you take and you can leave if it doesn’t suit you. Find something that suits your needs whether it’s interacting with people, working in a certain field, or just a way to get out of the house for a few hours per week.

Mentor or Teach
If you were in a field such as business there are ways you can help mentor a young person or someone wanting to start their own business. The same goes for sports. If you were great at baseball, offer to coach a little league team. Maybe you are a master at painting or jewelry, head to your local community center and see if you can teach some classes.

Get involved with a cause or issue
Are you passionate about a certain issue? Now you can put your energy towards making a difference. Maybe you want to help the homeless in your area or figure out how to get more people out to vote. Put the energy you spent working into a cause you can really get behind.

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