Many millennials prefer to stay at their parents’ home longer these days. That’s either good news or bad news, depending on how you feel about it as a parent. The fact remains that at some point, when your children do start leaving the nest, things will change. Most parents, when they get older, start feeling their kids’ absence more.
When retirement comes around, that’s when the impact is more apparent. You may have longer days, more time on your hands than you know what to do with, more space at home, more silence — it can get to you.
Here are some suggestions on how to make your time enjoyable and busy to avoid sinking into loneliness:
Find something new to do with your time
Sitting around doing nothing, but read magazines is fine the first few days or even weeks after retirement. You can catch up on some TV, too. For most retirees, however, even the first week can become tough. Instead of lazing around the house, find something new to do.
Learn something you didn’t have the time to learn before. For example, tend to your garden, make a new reading list, or learn to play golf or tennis. You can also start a new business that’s different from your last job. Working from home is the trend these days, and it’s easy to start. Do some freelance writing work or something similar that you can do with just a laptop and an Internet connection.
Move to a new place
All that space in your house can become the source of loneliness. It’s the emptiness that’s unhealthy. Where your kids used to play, eat their meals with you, do their homework — there’s space and memories there now. In addition, the place has physical demands (like upkeep and cleaning) that may become harder to do when you’re older.
Try looking at a retirement community in Utah. There, you can spend time with like-minded people who are more your age. Even afternoon coffee can become more enjoyable if you have someone to share the time with. You can also play golf or tennis together. Who knows, you might even find people there to join you in your next business venture.
The biggest concern for most retirees is health, and when they have nothing to do all day that takes a toll on their health and wellbeing. Do what you can to avoid a situation where your health and sanity are compromised.