Are you newly retired or planning on retiring soon?

Congratulations! You've worked hard to get here and it's a huge milestone.

But if you've spent decades focusing on your job and career, retirement can feel strange and mysterious. It might even be a bit uncomfortable at first.

And it's not unusual that you might be left wondering what to do in retirement.

There's no need to overthink it. We have nine great ideas for retirement to get you started.

what to do in retirement

1. Take a Gap Year

Though taking a gap year is more commonly associated with young people taking a year off after high school or college, they don't own the concept.

In fact, more and more people are including a gap year in their plans for right after retirement. And it makes perfect sense.

After decades of working 40 or more hours per week, coming down from that hectic schedule can be a challenge. A gap year is a perfect way to adjust to this change, gain perspective, and determine the best way to optimize your retirement. 

2. Get a Job

It might sound counter-intuitive to get a job after finally retiring.

But not having a job might leave you with a sense of no purpose. Especially when you first retire. In addition, you may miss seeing people every day.

Getting a part-time job doing something you really enjoy will not only give you purpose and reconnection, but it'll also provide a little extra income. And it doesn't have to be forever.

You get to decide how long you do it. And many companies will be thrilled to utilize your wisdom and experience.

3. Build/Maintain Strong Social Connections

Maybe the idea of working again makes you cringe. That's okay.

It is important to stay connected though. In fact, it's key to your overall wellness during retirement.

Retirees are particularly at risk for social isolation and depression. 

So if you aren't getting out to a regular location each day, then start planning social engagements. These could be at a community center, a gym, your place of worship, the library, or any other place where you're likely to find like-minded folks. 

Engaging in regular social activities will also keep you mentally sharp.

4. Try a New Sport

During those decades of working, did you ever wish you had more time for athletic endeavors?

Maybe you wanted more time to ride your bike, perfect your golf swing, or take fitness classes. If so, now is the time.

There are many activities like golf, pickleball, cycling, yoga, and water aerobics that are ideal for retirees. 

And you don't have to worry about being skilled and adept. 

Now you can simply take pleasure in the activity and devote the time and energy to it you couldn't when you were working. 

5. Read/Write

If you ever had a goal to read all the classics or to devour all of your favorite author's books, you now have the time to do it. You could even join a book club which will add a social aspect to your reading.

And if you're an avid reader, perhaps you take a shot at becoming an author yourself. It doesn't have to be the next great novel. Perhaps it's a short memoir, a how-to guide, a children's book, or even a cookbook.

Another place to explore your writing chops is on the internet. Starting a blog is a lot easier than you might think and it's a great place to further share your experiences and knowledge.

6. Volunteer

There will never be a lack of need for volunteers. 

Consider the things you like to do and then seek out volunteer opportunities that will be a good match.

For example, if you love kids, then you could mentor them. If you have a flair for business, perhaps you offer up your expertise to a promising start-up. You could volunteer at the hospital, the library, the zoo, etc.

There are so many different options and opportunities. And they can be so rewarding.

7. Downsize

If you’re retired but still living in the home where you raised your family, it might be feeling a bit cavernous. 

Sure, there's a sentimental connection. But have you considered the advantages of downsizing?

For one, you will save on expenses. A smaller house or condo will not only be more affordable, but it will require less work too. You might even consider a senior community where there will be plenty of activities as well as opportunities to socialize.

You'll also be reducing your carbon footprint.

Finally, downsizing gives you the chance to move to a completely new city or state without having to worry about employment there. 

8. Get Back to Learning

Before the busyness of life took over, were you able to get the education you wanted?

Perhaps you never got a chance to finish your degree. Or maybe you always wanted to get a graduate degree.

Now you have the time to go back to school. Even if it's not to get a full degree, you can always take classes that are of interest to you.

If the notion of returning to school doesn't excite you, then maybe you learn to play an instrument. Or pick up a new language. 

It's never too late to impress family and friends with your newly attained skills.

9. Gardening

If sports and exercise don't interest you all that much but you want to keep your body moving, then gardening could be right up your alley.

Maintaining a garden space is a great way to stay active while beautifying and personalizing that space with your own unique touch.

Plus, you'll always have fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables available to you whenever you need them.

Do You Know What to Do in Retirement?

Take advantage of everything this amazing new chapter in your life has to offer.

We hope the above suggestions for what to do in retirement have helped you to generate some ideas of your own.

And if you're looking for a great condo in Myrtle Beach, please call us at 843-839-9870. We're here to help.