by Natalie Meriwether, BSN
Retirement – that sweet stage of life that most of us look forward to for years. While having more free time and less work is exciting, it can bring surprising changes to one’s social life.
Although there’s nothing wrong with taking time for yourself and enjoying alone time, maintaining social relationships is crucial for overall well-being during all stages of life. Here are 6 fun activities to keep you entertained and socially active.
Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to give back to your community and spend time doing something you’re passionate about. Volunteering can also provide a sense of purpose and allow you to meet others who share similar interests and values. Look for opportunities with local non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, nurseries and gardens, or libraries that pique your interest.
Don’t be afraid to take advantage of today’s technology. While the online world can get a little overwhelming, our digital world brings endless opportunities when it comes to staying social. From social media and video calling platforms to online learning, virtual exercise classes, and even dating websites, the possibilities for meeting others with similar interests are limitless.
Joining a local club or community organization is one of the best ways to stay socially involved during retirement. Most communities have a variety of organizations, so you have plenty of activities to choose from. Whether you have an interest in books, chess, cooking, photography, or gardening, there are often clubs available that cater to these interests and more. Social clubs are a great chance to meet new people and can fill your days with activities you enjoy and help you discover new interests.
Continuing education is beneficial at every stage of life and retirement is no different. It’s a great way to stay sharp, acquire new skills, and meet others with the same intentions. Many local colleges offer programs and courses specifically for retirees in subjects like art, history, literature, technology, and more. Aside from in-class learning, other opportunities for continuing education include travel-and-study programs, discussion groups, and professional associations.
Local meetup groups are another fantastic way to stay connected to other like-minded people in your community. Like clubs, meetup groups generally have an organizer and a general common interest. However, meetup groups are usually a little more flexible, informal, and more inclusive. Check out Meetup.com or look out for Facebook group pages for meetup groups in your area.
If you’re able, trying out a new active hobby is an important part of keeping both your mind and body in shape. Not only is it great for your body and soul, but there are often social groups for active hobbies such as running, walking, swimming, hiking, biking, bowling, pickleball, gardening, and more. Group fitness classes are another great way to stay active and meet new people.
Retirement is a time to find new interests, enjoy new experiences, make friends, and embrace your well-earned free time. Staying socially engaged doesn’t have to be a challenge. Our modern world has made it possible for us to easily stay connected to each other and our community.