Health & Wellness Over 50s Lifestyle

6 Ways To Make Sure You Are Thriving in Retirement

August 13, 2015
Retirement 6 ways to make a positive Lifestyle Change



It is a fact of life that we are living longer.  The number of posts to facebook showing people in their 80s, 90s and even over 100 being active and enjoying life to the fullest has increased.  We see older people running marathons, achieving university degrees and looking years younger than their actual age.  What is their secret?

I believe their secret is that they have never retired from life.  I don’t mean that we need to keep working although some people love their work and happily continue well into their 70s.  My point is that sometimes people equate retirement with the end of life when in actual fact it is a new phase in life to be explored and enjoyed.

What is their secret elixir to a long and happy life?

This new phase I call Rejuvenation not Retirement.  We have shaken off the day to day responsibilities of work and can enjoy a new and exciting world.  We have more time to spend doing things that we want to do.

Now is the Time to Start Doing Things You have always wanted to do but haven’t had the time.

There are so many options for retirees travel, fitness activities, clubs, hobbies the list goes on.

One of the most important parts of ensuring that your retirement years are an opportunity to rejuvenate yourself is to PLAN YOUR RETIREMENT BEFORE YOU RETIRE.


So many people don’t give enough thought to this next phase of their life.  It can be very stressful retiring, wondering if you will have enough saved to live comfortably, learning to have a new purpose in life.

So how can you make sure you are rejuvenated when you retire?

Here are 6 Ways to Make Sure You Are Rejuvenated in Retirement

1.  Think about how you want your retirement to be

Seriously think about how you will fill your time when you finish full time employment.  It can be quite a shock WHEN reality sets in after the initial euphoria of ‘being free’ from work.  Hopefully your retirement years will be long so you need to plan what you would like to do.

2.  Check Your Financial Status

Will you have enough savings, assets or superannuation to ensure you have a comfortable standard of living?  Make an appointment with a Financial Planner to have a Financial Check Up.

3. Stay Active

Exercise regularly to keep your body healthy and fit.  Half an hour of exercise at least 5 times a week will keep you fit and healthy to enjoy a long retirement.  Engage the services of a personal trainer to provide a program for you.  Include some strength training in your exercise program.

4.  Use Your Mind

Exercise your mind and challenge yourself.  Start a hobby or study a new language, do crosswords puzzles, sudoko – anything to keep your brain working.

5.  Make Healthy Food Choices

Ensure that you have a healthy balanced diet and are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.  Certainly enjoy eating out but try to stick to the 80/20 rule.

6. Keep Your Friends

Make sure you keep your social life full and regularly catch up with family and friends.  Loneliness in older years may lead to mental decline  so it is important to nurture your friendships.

Don’t Retire from Life

What will you do to plan and live a Rejuvenated Retirement?

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  • Reply Joanne T Ferguson August 17, 2015 at 17:23

    I think planning is the most important step Sue! Great ways you shared today Pinned and shared! #ibabloggers

    • Reply sue August 19, 2015 at 10:16

      It certainly is and don’t leave it too long to start planning. 🙂

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt August 21, 2015 at 10:04

    Excellent information, Sue, and very timely as so many boomers are calling it quits. I retired young-ish from 32 years of public service but still teach part time at a university which keeps me really busy (plus blogging!!, and consulting!). Many retired folks are taking part in “serious leisure.” Funny how the workaholic boomers retire but still “work.”

    • Reply sue August 22, 2015 at 16:20

      Hi Terri, yes we can’t help ourselves can we. I’m supposed to be retired but still can’t keep still and like to have projects on the go. Thanks for your comments and stopping by. Have a lovely weekend.

  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill August 24, 2015 at 12:40

    all great points Sue – I think transitioning into retirement gradually is the secret – that way you prepare yourself for what is coming. I’m thinking about what to learn next (leadlighting is topping the list but who knows?) ~ Leanne

    • Reply sue August 24, 2015 at 17:08

      Exactly Leanne. I retired early at 55 as my husband had already retired and at first it was like a holiday however holidays don’t last forever. It was a huge adjustment for me. Leadlighting sounds interesting – you could blog about your experiences.

  • Reply Agatha August 25, 2015 at 11:09

    These are so important, nad having seen the way things worked out for some elderly folk, i think #3-#6 are so important no matter how much money you have in the bank for your retirement.

  • Reply Sandy Sandmeyer August 26, 2015 at 10:04

    These are all great ideas for preparing for the next phase of life after work. You’re not retired. You’re repurposed! Thanks for sharing at the #AnythingGoes Link Party.

    • Reply sue August 26, 2015 at 12:36

      Good way of putting it Sandy! You’re not retired – You’re repurposed! I love it.

  • Reply Sinziana August 28, 2015 at 19:13

    Hello! Thank you for joining us at The Pinterest Party last week! I hope you will join us again this Friday! Party is open :).

    • Reply sue August 29, 2015 at 16:34

      Thanks Sinziana!

  • Reply Gilly Maddison October 30, 2015 at 22:22

    Brilliant advice – thank you. We have 7 years to make our plan since the UK put retirement age up for people born after a certain year. I will be 60 in January and there was a time when women retired at that age – but now I have to wait until I am 66 and 4 months to get my pension. Oh well – on with life as a young person of working age! 🙂

    • Reply sue October 31, 2015 at 16:06

      Hi Gilly, Australia is talking about raising the retirement age to 70 although I was fortunate that we had planned and I could retire early. My husband is 9 years older than me so we wanted to spend our time together travelling. I was actually lost when I first retired as I didn’t know what to do with my time but then I started a blog! Have a lovely day!

  • Reply Wendy November 6, 2015 at 04:01

    “Don’t retire from life.” Yes, and amen! 🙂 I’m not sure this ever really happens intentionally, but I have seen it so often, and I see the seeds of it in my own life, and we aren’t even retired yet. Suddenly when the pressure of work or other responsibilities is gone, it is great to take a little while and just bask in the relaxation and freedom. The key is remembering that should be a “vacation state,” so to speak. We still have “work” to do, just perhaps not in the traditional sense. You don’t have to still be earning a paycheck or raising kids to be productive. I realized after a few weeks into the empty nest phase that we had become quite comfortable having our evenings completely to ourselves, and we were relishing the fact that we had no where we had to be and could just sit on the couch and have a TV binge-a-thon! 🙂 But suddenly it had become an everyday habit that needed to be nipped in the bud. And honestly, once you get used to “not doing,” it is harder to “start doing” again. Thanks for entering this great post in #ThePinterestGame, Sue!

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