The office of national statistics has predicted that by 2040, one in five people in the UK will be over 65, that’s a lot of us, which makes it even more important we look after ourselves to ensure we can make the most of our twilight years, or as the younger generation might say #LivingOurBestLives.
The University of Cambridge’s PHG Foundation says that‘ Healthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their life into later years’ ‘we need to explore the potential to gain new skills or be exposed to fresh opportunities.’ – we couldn’t agree more. For the first time, often after many years of working and raising a family, retirement brings the gift of time and there are so many opportunities that should be seized.
Although eating well, getting exercise, sleep and keeping your physical health in check is important, you should prioritise your mental health too. Keeping yourself happy will inevitably keep you feeling more energised, besides, age is just a mindset – studies have even proven this – A 2009 study suggests that optimism is specifically related to a longer life.
So how can we look after our wellbeing in retirement? Here are some ideas: