Although retirement sounds like a dream come true for several individuals, the end of what has often been a lifelong career path is usually accompanied by a sudden decline in mental stimulation – which can result in the development of many different health issues. As such, it’s essential that you keep your mind and body as active as possible once you’ve stopped working and the tips below can help you achieve this.
Learn a New Hobby or Skill
Do you have interests that you simply didn’t have time for while you were working? If so, now may be the ideal time to pick up on them. Don’t be afraid to sign up for those ballroom dancing classes, art classes, or even sewing classes. Now could even be the right time to learn how to play a musical instrument.
Studies have revealed that seniors who actively engage in one or more creative activities on a regular basis were at a far lower risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s as they aged.
Remain Physically Active
Regardless of whether you enjoy tacking challenging hiking trails, taking a slow bicycle ride through your neighborhood or playing in the yard with your grandchildren, you will be stimulating your body and mind simultaneously.
Engaging in physical activity on at least three days per week will help keep bones strong, reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure and/or heart disease and even lower cholesterol levels over time. If you haven’t been overly active until now, it’s recommended that you schedule a physical exam with your healthcare provider before rushing into any form of exercise.
Calm your Mind
Many individuals think that their stress will miraculously disappear once they’ve stopped working. However, daily family life and even financial concerns can negatively affect your mental clarity.
Some of the best ways to keep your mind clear and sharp are to become involved with yoga or meditation and to avoid unnecessary stressful situations wherever possible. It’s also a good idea to severely limit the amount of time you spend with people who are constantly exuding negativity.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Although no one is expected to live only on healthy foods day in and day out, you should do everything possible to ensure that the bulk of your food choices are as healthy as possible.
A balanced diet is one that should include a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, a selection of nuts, meat, fish and chicken (if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan) and a variety of healthy fats. In some cases, you may need to supplement your diet with fish oil capsules and a good multivitamin.
Retiring from the workforce certainly doesn’t mean that you’ll have to give up everything else as well. The more active you keep your mind and body after you have stopped working, the healthier you will be. Making your mental and physical health a priority during retirement will ensure that you’ll be able to feel fit and healthy for as long as possible.Continue reading