By Cynthia Barnett
As you may know, people react differently to retirement. For
some folks, it is the best time of their lives, a time for
adventure, fun and excitement. A time when they can kick up
their heels, relax, and enjoy the free time on their hands.
others, retirement is a period of boredom and insecurity. This
is because they aren’t used to the flexible schedule and miss
meeting and socializing with others in work related
They also miss the predictability of their days and nights.
said, everyone can find joy and happiness in retirement and
the retirement blues. In fact, you can have a retirement
with meaning by simply following these 5 tips:
1. Refocus your life – Do not consider yourself retired in the
traditional sense. Yes, you no longer work for your past
employer but you are certainly not at the end of your rope.
are refocusing your life, pursuing other options you’re at a
more positive turning point. This is a time for celebrating a
2. Increase your Social Circle – Stay connected to those
and people that you previously enjoyed during your working
career. Don’t be afraid to have a social life. Join clubs and
associations that interest you and get to know new people with
3. Plan Events - Get to know people of diverse interests.
Become an extrovert. Plan a dinner party or other event and
invite people. Don’t be afraid to reach out to new people to
strengthen other positive relationships. Not only will you
increase acquaintanceships but you’ll gain a feeling of
connectedness to familiar and unfamiliar group members.
4. Prioritize Health – Maintaining good health is paramount to
your success as a retiree. Therefore, you must take a
preventive approach to good health. Do not wait until
is wrong to seek help. Examine your health and health habits
now. Continue with your regular annual health checkups. Hire a
personal trainer. Look into techniques for improving your
overall well being, such as swimming, walking, weight
yoga and meditation.
5. Stay in Shape – Stay in shape with exercise and a healthy
diet. Choose an exercise activity that you enjoy and one that
you can stick to. For instance, you might try Pilates,
Jazzercise or even Karate. If you prefer to work out solo,
there are many appropriate books as well as videos that you
utilize in your health quest right from the comforts of your
home. Just don’t be afraid to try. In addition, you can also
join a gym or take exercise classes with others. The better
feel, the more you will enjoy your retirement.
6. Join a Cause – After retirement, you may decide to join a
worthwhile cause. Not only will this improve your self esteem
but you will also make the world a better place and enrich a
lot of lives, including your own.
7. Increase your Knowledge – Learning is a lifelong and
exciting process. In this age of technology, take time to
up on your knowledge or take that class that you’ve always
dreamt of taking such as a cooking, painting, sewing, or
computers. Do whatever you can to become a more educated and
8. Update your Looks – Yes, you’re retired and now is the time
to let your fashion sense shine. Find a great hairstylist and
get good hair stylist. Get a manicure, facial or pedicure.
Change your wardrobe to reflect the new and improved you.
9. Explore your Dreams – Now that you have extra time on your
hands, do what you’ve always wanted to do. Retirement is a
perfect time to fulfill your dreams. Now is the time to
accomplish all the things that you only dreamt about in the
past. Do it now!
10. Maintain a Youthful Attitude – Be energetic and enjoy the
time you now have on your hands. Retiring from a job does not
mean you have to give up everything. Just because you may be
older, you can still be youthful and vibrant. Age is an
attitude. If you act although you’re old- you are. If you act
like you’re young, you’ll be young. Be proud of your veteran.
Attitude is everything; let others be inspired by yours.
There are many things that you can do to find your purpose and
meaning in retirement. By maintaining a positive attitude and
zest for life, exploring your dreams, updating your looks,
increasing your knowledge, joining a worthy cause, staying in
shape, prioritizing your health, planning events, increasing
your social circle and refocusing your life, you can do it!
About The Author: Dr. Cynthia Barnett is a “re-fired” educator
who has reinvented her life, moving from the schoolhouse to an
entrepreneurial venue. Dr. Barnett is the author of “Stop
Singing the Blues: 10 Powerful Strategies for Hitting the High
Notes in Your Life” and RE-FIRE, Don’t Retire : 7 Powerful
Strategies for an Extraordinary Life Now and in
Retirement.(www.stopsingingtheblues.com/). She was
featured in Time magazine for their article about women in
mid-life who have reinvented themselves. If you liked today’s
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for an extraordinary retirement. Dr. Cynthia Barnett