Finally, after working for 40 plus years, you no longer have to crawl out of the bed in the morning and drag yourself to the bathroom, shower, grab a bite to eat & rush out the door to work. You have been able to take care of your family, gotten your children through college, saved up for a nice retirement. Now, what do you do to fill up all the free time you have?
Don’t let depression get the best of you and don’t allow yourself to become bored. Get out and do some recreational activities, work in your yard, volunteer in your community.
If you don’t have outside activities you enjoy, take a class to learn a new activity like playing tennis or playing golf, bowling, swimming or dancing. Most YMCAs in communities offer classes for activities such as these. There are also usually senior citizens community centers in most cities that have classes where you can go into the center and participate in games or other activities with other retirees. Board games and crafts are great for keeping your mind active and healthy. Painting is something else they may have classes in the center.
If you like staying close to home, try coming up with a plan to redo your yard and do some gardening. Buy some annuals and spruce up your flower beds and around your mailbox. Giving your home some curb appeal will make you feel good about your home as well as a sense of accomplishment and getting some exercise at the same time.
Churches, hospital, non-profit organizations are great places to start in a search for places you can volunteer right in your own community. Volunteering helps build a sense of belonging with others as well as helps organizations, your church and hospitals save money by having volunteers helping out as opposed to paying more for staff.
Enjoy your retirement, but get involved in something to give you a sense of worth as well as helping out in your community.