It’s no surprise that retirement is often called the golden period of life. You’ve spent your career working hard, raising a family and caring for others, and now is the time where you get to enjoy the fruits of your labour, embrace a more relaxed lifestyle, and finally put yourself first.

Retirement presents a wealth of exciting opportunities and adventures, and the prospect of spending time doing what you love. Here are just a few ways to enjoy a happy retirement

Volunteer and give back to your community

One of the key ways to enjoy a happy retirement is to give back to your community and make a positive impact on the lives of others. There are so many important causes to get behind, and volunteering is a wonderfully fulfilling way to devote your time and give yourself a sense of purpose.

You can start by researching some volunteering opportunities in your local area and see what resonates with you and your passions. It could be helping at an animal shelter, volunteering in a charity shop, mentoring young people, or helping with chores for older or less able friends and neighbours. Volunteering is also a great way to stay active and can even introduce you to some new friends.

Take care of your body

Now that you have some more time on your hands it’s a great time to start taking care of your mental and physical health. This includes eating well, exercising your mind, and keeping physically active.

If you never had the time to plan and cook healthy meals and take up regular exercise then now is the perfect opportunity. Take advantage of the extra time and explore healthy cooking options. Make a list of all the meals you would love to cook, then fuel your body with the vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthy fats you need to stay in top form. You might even discover a hidden passion for cooking!

A healthy body is essential for a happy retirement, so engage in regular physical activities to maintain your mobility and overall well-being. For some simple ways to keep fit, you could take up a daily walk to explore new areas in your community, discover the gym, or enjoy low-impact group exercise classes like swimming or yoga. 

Exercise your mind

Studies have shown that learning in your later years and keeping your mind sharp can help you stay independent. There are so many ways you can challenge yourself mentally and engage in a fulfilling new hobby. 

Have a think if there is anything you’ve always wanted to do. It could be learning a new language, discovering how to play a particular instrument, or learning a new skill such as gardening or computing. There could be local classes available, or you could teach yourself online. The world is your oyster so take advantage and enjoy this new stage in your life.

Develop a routine

One thing you might miss from your working days is the routine. From setting the alarm and preparing your food for the day to heading to work and planning your evenings, routine provides a sense of stability. If routine is important to you and gives you stability and joy then it’s worth developing one for your retirement days. 

You can still set your alarm, get washed and dressed as normal, but instead of heading to work, you can now plan your days around your new life. Slot in time for daily exercise, volunteering, meeting with friends and family, and of course hobbies. This new routine can keep your days interesting and purposeful. 

Consider moving to a retirement village

Now that you’ve retired and your children have moved out, you might want to consider downsizing. Retirement villages are a popular option for those wishing to enjoy a fulfilling and happy retirement without losing their independence. 

These purpose-built, and often luxurious communities offer a plethora of benefits that can enhance your golden years. You can enjoy a built-in social network as you’ll be surrounded by peers, making it easy to form new friendships and combat any feelings of isolation. Then there is the wealth of amenities available. Many retirement communities offer a wide range of activities, thriving facilities, and socialising areas to help you stay active and engaged.

Retirement villages also provide independent living with a beautiful home of your own, without the hassle of home maintenance, allowing you to focus on the activities you love. You will also enjoy the security and peace of mind of having support available should you need it.

Pamper yourself

Our working lives are always so busy that there is hardly any time for that precious “me-time”. Well, retirement is the ideal time of your life to treat yourself to the things you love and which make you feel good.

Plan an indulgent spa weekend with friends, book yourself in for a massage, or head out to your favourite restaurant and see that film you’ve heard so much about. Indulge in some time just for you every week and enjoy your new-found freedom. 

Enjoy a healthy and happy retirement

Your retirement years are a time to cherish and celebrate everything you have accomplished. By discovering new hobbies, giving back, planning adventures, keeping healthy, and indulging in a little self-care, you can make your retirement truly happy and fulfilling.

It’s never too late to start living your best life, so enjoy every moment, savour the simple pleasures, and kick-start a happy retirement today.