When you retire, you’ll finally have the freedom to be your own boss, to live where you want, and to do what you want. But, believe it or not, transitioning into retirement can be stressful. We recommend you consider retirement hobbies to help. These activities are fun and rewarding, and they can make your transition easy and purposeful. They give you something to look forward to and a way to explore things you haven’t had time to before.
The better you plan your transition into retirement, the easier it can be. Your plan should include dreams, skills, socialization, and physical activity to keep you happy and healthy. Retirement hobbies can play a big role in this transition to keep you busy and fulfilled after your nine-to-five work life ends.
How to Choose Retirement Hobbies
Some hobbies are common for retirees such as teaching, tutoring, public service, birdwatching, and volunteering. Opportunities exist at your local library, schools, and churches, and other organizations that could use helping hands. Check out AARP to locate volunteer opportunities in your area.
Many retirees view their golden years as a second chance at life to do things they didn’t have the time for when they were younger. Whatever you dreamed of in past years can become satisfying activities when you retire. Below are some ideas to get you started.
For the thrill seeker:
Have you dreamed of learning to fly a plane—or even of jumping out of one? Rappelling off a cliff or perhaps scuba diving and feeding sharks? If you’re in good health, there’s no limit of the things you can do.
If you like to keep your feet on solid ground:
There are many ways to keep your brain engaged. Learn a new skill such as a different language or wood working. Take up photography or try your hand at painting.
Is your dream to write a book, but you didn’t know where to start or how to fit it in your busy schedule before retirement? Now is the time to dust off that idea and give it a try! If you don’t know where to start you can take a few creative writing classes to learn.
If you’re an avid reader, joining a book club is a great way to make new friends, broaden your mind, and learn about many topics.
If you like to get dirty:
Many retirees enjoy gardening, usually in their own backyard. If you like gardening but lack the space, volunteer at a community garden. Community gardens give people the opportunity to work together to help feed others who don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you enjoy nature and environmental preservation, check out your local conservation areas and state parks. Whether you volunteer in some capacity or hone your photography skills taking photos of the scenery—it will do you good to be outdoors..
For animal lovers:
Volunteer at your local humane society. Even if you just round up supplies to donate and offer help every now and then, these non-profits need that support. And the animals do to. If you’re more hands on, consider adopting a dog or a cat. Rescues can make the best pets—and you’d be saving a life while at the same time giving yourself a forever friend to keep you company.
If you’d rather help people:
Many communities have Foster Grandparent and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs that are always looking for senior volunteers. If you live far away from your own grandchildren, or simply want to make a difference in the life of any child, these opportunities are a win-win for all involved.
Want to relive the summer camp experience?
Adult summer camps are right up your alley. These camps can bring out your inner child and/or allow you to relax in luxury. There are a wide variety of camps strictly for adults and if you’re adventurous, you can plan to go to camp every summer!
These are just a few of our top picks. No matter what retirement hobbies interest you, these activities can allow you to have the time of your life in the best time of your life. And remember, staying active and social improves both your physical and emotional well-being, so you can live your best life for many years to come.