7 Creative Activities To Thrive In Retirement
You are retired, but you might be twiddling your thumbs about how to spend your time now that the pressure of worklife has passed. It happens to the best of us as we get older. But, you are not a person for knitting, sitting around, and watching TV. That spark inside of you still needs the thrills and excitement from spontaneity and progress.
How do you thrive in retirement without following the clichés and without exceeding your limitations? Here are some interesting ideas that can help you grow, improve, and enjoy your time in retirement.
1. Learn Another Language
You’re never too old to learn new ways to communicate with others. Why should take up learning another language? The simplest answer is that it is good for your brain. Learning a second language can save you from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
According to Alzheimers.net, “Speaking more than one language is thought to lead to better development of the areas of the brain that handle executive functions and attention tasks, which may help protect from the onset of dementia.” Other benefits in learning another language are that you improve your decision making-skills and get smarter. Aside from improving your brain, learning another language can help you make friends and impress them with what you have learned.
2. Travel To Less Popular Tourist Destiantions
This activity is classic for the retiree. Why should you get out and see the world? Aside from learning about another culture (and using that new language you’re learning) and meeting new people, it’s also good for your health.
According to Investopedia, “Those who travel tend to be more active, and research shows that older adults who are physically active have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and cancers, and a reduced risk of falling.” Plus, you can tell your family and friends amazing stories when you get home.
3. Create Art
Have you ever wanted to paint, write poetry, craft a book, sculpt, or make origami, but never had the time while you were working? Now that you are retired, it’s time to get started! Working with the arts not only is beneficial to the soul and helps relieve your stress, but it’s also a brain-boosting activity.
According to Brain Be Fit, “Mental decline is due mainly to the loss of communication between brain cells, not from the death of brain cells themselves.” The article then goes on to say, “Art encourages creative thinking and lets you come up with your own unique solutions. Out-of-the-box thinking also stimulates your brain to grow new neurons.” On top of that, you get the satisfaction of creating something with your own hands.
4. Learn New Ways To Exercise
You can’t go online without hearing or reading about the benefits of exercise. Even in advanced age, seek to keep your body fit as well as your mind. Now, you don’t have to go all out and run marathons (though that certainly is a great goal if you want to!).
You can also do simpler exercises that are available online. Search for YouTube channels that have exercise programs for the elderly to work out in while sitting in their chairs. You can simply walk around your block or down the hallways of your home or retirement community. Perhaps you even take up belly dancing! This is not exclusive to women, so men—get out there and shake it! Just get out and be active now that you have the time.
5. Learn How Use Social Media Or Other Forms Of Cutting Edge Technology
Just like in point number one, you’re never too old to learn new things. We live in the twenty-first century and everything is turning digital. Almost everyone has cell phones. You might be advanced in age, but that’s no excuse to keep you from connecting with the world around you.
Tatango says that 94% of seniors send text messages on a weekly basis. Everyone young and old are on some form of social media these days. There are classes for the elderly to learn how to text and use a computer. After all, it doesn’t hurt to keep up with the modern world and learn new things in the process.
6. Fall In Love
You may be divorced or widowed, but you might spruce up those lonely feelings and put zest back in your step. Get back on the dating scene!
Having a partner is beneficial to your social life and health. It doesn’t matter how old they are, their race, gender, or background—all that is important is that they love you back and accept you for you. Because of your age and experience, you can make wiser decisions in your relationships that will help both of you be happy.
7. Discover Your Roots
Now that you are retired, you have plenty of time to learn more about your family history. You might find it fascinating to learn more about the heritage from which you and your ancestors came. Now that you are retired, you can go to your local library or historian and start asking around. You can even find your roots through the internet at Ancestry.org.
Whether you pay somebody to help you or do it yourself, you will be certain to find out some interesting facts about yourself which grow your own worth and the heritage you will pass on to those around you!
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