Retirement provides the opportunity to curate a carefree lifestyle to bring you happiness and provide you with the opportunity to relax and let your hair down. At first the freedom will be intoxicating, the chance to take it slow and enjoy a gentler pace of life, however, retirees often finds that they get bored and want to fill their hours with activities and things to do. The drive to remain challenged both mentally and physically as well as being engaged and interactive with like-minded is paramount. There is plenty to do to keep you active in your retirement.

Volunteering is a rewarding way to spend your time; there are an innumerable amount of different causes to dedicate your time to. You may already have a cause in mind, perhaps gardening, which means that you could volunteer in the maintenance of community gardens and spaces. Maybe you’re an animal lover, and you could foster animals or help at animal societies. Other volunteering opportunities include charity shops, hospitals and libraries; volunteering is great for people who miss the structure and routine of working.

Retirement can also be a great opportunity to finally fulfil your long-held travel aspirations. Is there a place that you’ve always wanted to visit? Why not now, in retirement? Travel broadens the mind at any age, providing perspective. Travel isn’t just for the young! Or perhaps instead of travel you simply want to move to a new area? There are some lovely Devon care homes to consider. You can spend your retirement by the beach, enjoying a year round holiday.

Hobbies are a great way to relax and reduce stress and retirement offers the opportunity to try any hobby that your heart could desire. Hobbies also keep our motor and cognitive skills in tip top condition whilst also learning new skills. Hobbies have been proven to improve your physical and mental wellbeing. In this vein, exercise is also important, and retirement is the perfect time to commit to an exercise or lifestyle change.

Downsizing to a retirement village means that retirees won’t have to maintain a large house with more empty rooms than necessary. By moving to a smaller property it doesn’t mean that you’ll be cramped but that the room that you do have will suit your requirements. Stairs and general maintenance can also become an issue during retirement as mobility becomes harder. There is a lot to consider when downsizing but moving to a retirement village can be a great adventure and provide a built-in community of like-minded people. Most retirement villages have regular activities to take advantage of such as exercise classes, clubs and communal areas to promote social interaction. All specifically catered to the needs of the age group. There is always something to do in a retirement village and there are also plenty of opportunities to relax.