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How to Stay Fulfilled During Retirement


How to Stay Fulfilled During Retirement


One thing that people often overlook is that it can take a lot of work and creativity to spend your time in a fulfilling way. Most people spend their pre-retirement years abiding to the schedules and needs of others; and once they’re free of those ties they can have a hard time feeling a sense of purpose. Here are some simple ways to make your days more rewarding.


  1. Discover Your Passion

Now that you’re retired you have plenty of time to focus on doing the things that you love. Sometimes people forget what they’re passionate about because our lives are often spent doing things we feel we have to, rather than the things we truly enjoy. But don’t worry, it’s never too late to discover your passion. One way to find your purpose is to dig deeper and ask yourself some questions.


  • What did I want to do as a child?
  • How do I bring value to people’s lives?
  • What activity makes me lose track of time?
  • Who am I inspired by, and why?
  • What do I love to talk about?


Another way to discover your passion is through experimentation. Here are some ways you can experiment through active participation.


  • Sign up for a club
  • Try a friend’s hobby
  • Sign up for a class


Garden Plaza of Valley View offers a range of scheduled activities and classes that make it easy to try your hand at all kinds of hobbies. Being part of a retirement community gives you the opportunity to participate in classes, group activities, and outings that can help guide you to a purposeful, passion filled life.


  1. Stick to a Routine

Keeping a daily routine reduces stress and keeps your feet on the ground. Having a routine helps to create a sense of purpose and makes it easier to accomplish goals. An organized life creates more space for pursuing the things you enjoy. Predictability also lowers stress levels. As a resident at Garden Plaza of Valley View it’s easy to keep a daily routine with regularly scheduled exercise classes, gourmet meals, activities, and outings. Here are some healthy habits to inspire your morning routine.


  • Eat breakfast around the same time every day
  • Set aside time for exercise
  • Attend a meditation group
  • Spend 30 minutes reading
  • Socialize for at least one hour per day


  1. Stay Socially Active

Staying socially active is a great way to keep your mind open and active. Social interaction helps us to learn more about ourselves through others and expands our world view. It is easy to feel isolated once you retire and lose daily interaction with coworkers and just by being out and about. Therefore, it is so important to stay active and participate in activities that feed your soul. Becoming part of a retirement community offers an array of social activities that help keep you happy and sharp.


  • Group card games
  • Brain teasers
  • Crafting classes
  • Planned group outings
  • Community parties and celebrations


We hope that you found these tips helpful and that you can use them to enhance your everyday life. Remember retirement is just the beginning of the rest of your life!