So you’ve retired. What now? How do you fill in the hours that you used to spend at work? Luckily for you, we have 5 fantastic ideas for retirement hobbies. Read on and choose your own adventure.
1. Learn to play an instrument
Always wanted to learn how to tinkle the ivories, strum out your favourite song on guitar or bang out some beats on the drums? Well, you’re in luck because now you have the time and space to discover your new musical talent! Not only is it a lot of fun, but learning a new instrument helps improve hand agility and keep you mentally sharp. Plus, you’ll be able to entertain your friends (hopefully)!
2. Plant and grow a garden
Being amongst nature, getting your hands in the dirt and watching your garden bloom is one of the best retirement hobbies for Over 50s. Now you have more time, why not dedicate it to your garden? Not only does it give you thinking space, it uplifts your mood and is great exercise too. Plus, you can eat what you grow! Also check out if there’s a community garden in your area. Joining others in the garden is a wonderful social activity, as is contributing to a group project.
3. Learn a new language
The opportunity to keep learning doesn’t stop when you retire. Why not challenge yourself and learn a new language? Not only will it stimulate your brain, it’s also very valuable for when you travel overseas. Taking you out of your comfort zone, learning a new language is a new adventure! Plus, some studies suggest that consistent thinking and learning activities help protect against dementia, particularly when they are more complex.
4. Volunteer at a local charity
Did you know that volunteering makes you happier? Helping others not only keeps you active and engaged, it also gives you a strong sense of purpose and helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Providing new social connections, volunteering can also introduce you to new experiences. Volunteering also provides the opportunity to make a difference to someone else’s life. Whether you’re spending time with someone or providing a valuable community service, you can make a real positive impact
With Australia and the world re-opening after Covid lockdowns, now is a great time to make travel plans. Giving you a sense of freedom, travelling opens up your mind to new experiences and adventure. Plus, you get to meet new friends, all over the world. Whether you’re looking to hit the road with your caravan, or tick off your overseas bucket list, travelling breaks up your routine and re-inspires you. It’s good for the body, mind and soul!
Need more ideas for retirement hobbies? Here at Living Gems, we have a long list of fun activities that our residents get to enjoy every day. To learn more, get in touch with our team on 1800 288 918.