Life expectancy for UK adults sits at just over eighty years. If your lifestyle is healthy and you’ve been proactive about your screening appointments, then you might reasonably expect to be around for much longer than that. So, if you’re approaching retirement age, and shifting away from the world of work, there’s no good reason that you can’t take the opportunity for a fresh start. This goes especially if you’ve had a fresh start forced upon you by some unexpected news.
So, how do you go about performing this kind of reset on your life and career?
Accept The Situation
If you can’t accept that things have changed and you’re not in the same position you were at 30, 40, or 50, then you’re not going to be faring particularly well in the immediate future. Sometimes, it can be difficult to accept the changes in your life, especially if you’ve been bereaved. Give yourself time to process things, and then go back on the front foot!
Take Care Of Yourself
It’s never too late to start developing the right habits. And it’s always a bad idea to start slipping into the wrong ones. Be as proactive as possible when it comes to your health. Join a gym, take up walking, and pay attention to your nutrition.
You should also be thinking about your mental health. This might be as simple as meditating, taking up a hobby, or decluttering your home. In some cases, it might be beneficial for you to see a therapist.
Look After Your Finances
If you’ve run into money trouble, then you might find that you’re playing catch-up later in life. It’s important to review your outgoings, and, where necessary, to seek financial advice. Certain products, like an equity release mortgage, might help you to free up some cash for what matters to you.
Do What You Like
This is the time of your life when you’re least likely to be held back by responsibilities. If you don’t have financial commitments, then it’s time to find a use for your time that was just as fulfilling as your working life was – and ideally, much more.
Among the more popular hobbies for retirees include writing, gardening, woodworking, and painting – but there are innumerable options for those in your position. Pick something that you’ve always wanted to do, and commit to doing it on a daily basis.