After a lifetime of working hard and taking care of others, raising a family, and holding down a job, it is time to retire, and put yourself first. As you begin to explore life in the independent senior living community, think about ways to indulge yourself and enjoy the leisurely days ahead.
Now you can finally:
Have a spa day – whether you are booking a spa day in the city, or transforming your own bathroom into a spa, is up to you and your budget. If at home, indulge in a bubble bath, put some cucumber slices on your eyelids and play some soothing music.
Read – relaxing with a good book may have been difficult to schedule in your days as a working parent. Now is the time to visit your local library and search for your favorite genres, or find eBooks for your tablet.
Sleep in – remember all those days when the alarm would rudely interrupt your dreams, and hitting the snooze button was not an option? Well, now it is! Getting enough sleep has many health and beauty benefits, and you can allow yourself to sleep in every morning, or take a nap if you desire.
Travel, as far as your budget will allow, whether you’re taking a European cruise or a day trip to the nearest botanical garden. Visit family and friends, or recruit one of them to travel with you.
Take a fun class – did you always want to take a flower-arrangement class? Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to knit but never had a chance to learn? Now is the time – you can search for a class given locally or online and learn a new skill or hobby.
Take daily walks or organize a walking group with other members of your independent senior living community. It’s a great way to stay active and at the same time get to know your neighbors.
Blog – Over the years, you may have developed expertise in a certain area, whether it’s baking, gardening, or perhaps a legal background. Share your knowledge by writing a blog in your community’s newsletter, or post tips on your Facebook or Instagram page.
Volunteer – spend some time to volunteer at a pet shelter, or search for other volunteering opportunities. Although it is “your time”, you may find the intrinsic value of helping others very fulfilling.
Whatever you decide to do with your time, remember to take extra good care of your mind, body, and soul. It is up to you to find the optimum amount of health and happiness.