Retirement is a well-deserved reward. After years of working and saving diligently throughout your career, now is the time to take a break. But it’s not healthy to cut yourself off completely from the rest of the world.
So how do you stay relevant during your retirement? Here are three unlikely activities that can help you stay relavent after you retire.
Get involved in social media.
Social media might seem like a young person’s game, but the truth is that it’s designed for everyone. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, roughly 77% of Americans are online daily. You wouldn’t be the first retiree to have a Twitter account! But before you take the leap, make some time to look into different platforms and see which suits you best.
For example, if photography is one of your passions, you might consider Instagram as a top contender. It’s the perfect place to share your photos, whether of family, friends, or wildlife. In fact, it’s designed to showcase just that!
Not only will social media give you a platform on which to share your passions, it will keep you connected to the world. It’s a fun and easy way to stay relevant after you retire. And you can probably enlist your grandkids to help you out with any questions.
Prioritize your health.
At first glance, a healthy lifestyle may not look like a great way to stay relevant after you retire. But when you’re up to date on the latest health news and trends, you just might find that you feel more connected, especially to the younger people in your life. Consider this: the average aging senior loses about one teaspoon of fat in their face annually. Without prioritizing your health and knowledge of health trends, you may not know how to combat this effectively. If anti-aging is the name of the game, staying on top of current health information is key. In addition, staying fit and leading a healthy lifestyle, in general, can keep you sharp mentally and physically.
Volunteer in your community.
One of the best ways to stay relevant after you retire is to get involved in your community. Almost 63% of Americans choose to work after retirement age anyway. Why not make good use of your extra time helping the community you love to grow? There are countless volunteer opportunities to choose from, as well. Local libraries, museums, parks, and churches often host events and need volunteers to help out. Whether it’s a bit of gardening or reading to children, these are great ways to get to know people in your community and stay active.
Rest and relaxation are great, but they’re not the be-all, end-all of retirement. If you’re looking for a more relevant, active retirement, consider taking up one of these activities. And whatever you choose, make sure it’s something that brings you fulfillment.