‘I was speaking to a lady who was anxious about retiring. She was looking forward to it but was worried that after being in a job full time for so many years, she was worried how she would deal with the change.’
Just because you have retired doesn’t mean you should slow down. Having some key elements in your daily routine will keep you active and sharp during retirement. You’ve earned your retirement so make it a healthy and enjoyable one!
One of the best ways to do this is to keep active. Whether it’s taking a walk before lunch, going to the gym, taking a swim or playing golf, you’ll be having fun, and keeping moving at the same time. Physical activity will promote stronger bones, improved strength and balance, reduced risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. This in turn will lower your risk of a fall, which is the leading cause of significant deterioration of health in older people. Take your loved one dancing; you’ll improve balance, muscle memory and provides a little mental exercise too in remembering the steps!
Keep your brain in shape through creative hobbies such as gardening, photography, sewing or cooking. Think about your passions and act on them, so if you are an animal lover, why not help out at a local shelter? Serve meals at a drop in centre or volunteer at a DYI or garden centre or charity shop. All will give you a sense of purpose and make you feel valued.
Invite some friends over to play bridge; this will again keep your brain alert and provide you with opportunities to socialise and be with friends. Socialising promotes health and happiness, it doesn’t have to be playing games, it could be going to the cinema or watching sports.
Retiring from work shouldn’t mean slowing down and stopping doing things you like to do; it should be an opportunity to do the things you wanted to do but didn’t have the time to do!
Don’t forget to keep yourself healthy and ensure you attend general check ups with your GP, and any recommended screening exams. Be sure to take any prescribed or recommended medicines correctly. By making your health a priority in retirement, you can keep your mind and body acting as young as you feel.
If you need support with staying healthy after retirement, or have questions about medication you take or have been prescribed, speak to your local pharmacist who will be able to support you.