1. Expect to feel a range of different emotions.
You may feel happy, sad, confused, worried, elated and so on, all at the same time. When negative emotions kick in, find a way to restore calmness, for example, by walking, reading or catching up with friends.
2. Structure your days.
People often comment that in the first few weeks of retirement, they are at a loss as to what to do with themselves. There is no alarm clock going off, no structured time for tea or lunch breaks, and no ‘to do’ list (unless your partner has made one for you!). A good tip is to start the day with a regular habit, such as completing a crossword or other kind of puzzle. Then you can feel as though you have achieved something, and you are ready to face the day.
3. Set small goals.
Working lives are generally geared around goals, and achieving them gives a sense of satisfaction. In retirement, you can set your own goals, such as getting fit, reading the pile of books you’ve been meaning to read, or travelling to places on your wish list.
4. Grow your friendships.
It’s vital to stay connected to others. Most communities have a range of groups for retirees, for example, Probus clubs or clubs based around interests and sports such as gardening, bridge or bowls.
5. Consider getting a part-time job or doing some volunteer work.
Work activities can bring in extra income as well as provide purpose. Helping others through volunteering can give great satisfaction.
6. Give new things a try – such as a new hobby or sport.
You might need to try a few before finding something right for you.