Retirement marks a significant turning point in life, where you bid farewell to the rigors of full-time work and embrace a new chapter of rest, leisure, and relaxation. While retirement can be a time of immense joy and freedom, it can also be a period of uncertainty and anxiety, particularly when it comes to finding purpose, maintaining good health, and establishing a solid sense of identity.
At Wellstone Wealth Management, we use a Return on Life (ROL) approach that takes a deeper, more personalized look at where you want to be. We carefully take into account your well-being, your progress, and your freedom to make sure you are living a life of meaning and purpose.
As you navigate this new season of life, it is essential to approach it with intentionality, curiosity, and a willingness to explore new paths and possibilities. In this context, retirement can be a remarkable opportunity to rediscover your passions, strengthen your relationships, and cultivate a deep sense of meaning and fulfillment.
One of the most commonly suggested things to do in retirement is to find purpose in your new phase of life. As you transition out of the workforce, you may find yourself feeling like you do not have a reason to get up in the morning. Studies have shown that you can prevent this feeling by living a purpose-driven life and that individuals who feel fulfilled are happier and healthier on average than those who do not. Not only that, they also live longer! You can find purpose in retirement by:
- Volunteering for a local nonprofit or church
- Spending time with your grandchildren
- Pursuing a newfound hobby
- Working on home-improvement or DIY projects
- Taking a class or learning a new skill
- Traveling locally or abroad
Whatever you choose to do in retirement, doing it with a sense of purpose will help you make the most out of your time as opposed to just filling it.
Declining health and how to pay for the associated medical expenses is one of the biggest concerns for many retirees. In fact, 70% of Americans cite healthcare costs as the most pressing issue on their minds when planning for retirement. Now that you are in retirement, what better way to spend your time than prioritizing your mental and physical health?
Sure, genetics will play a role in how healthy you will be as you age, but there are also things you can do to mitigate your risk. Exercise and diet are key to maintaining health and they can also be fulfilling ways to fill your time. Try participating in group workouts like kickboxing, yoga, or Pilates, or join a gym if you prefer to exercise alone. Any form of exercise is better than nothing, and it can help decrease your risk of premature death by up to 30%.Learning how to cook a new style of food can also be a fun way to pass the time while also improving your diet.
Adjusting to retirement is a huge transition! Going from working 40-plus hours a week for 30-plus years to suddenly having all the time in the world is a shock to the system, to say the least. It takes time to adjust, so do not feel pressure to rush into retirement all at once. Instead, try working part time or using a phased approach to retirement.
It is becoming increasingly popular for people to approach retirement in phases, slowly adjusting to reduced hours, part-time work, then eventually full retirement. Studies have shown that phased retirement can actually improve vitality and health among retirees.
Retirees who build and maintain meaningful social relationships are often happier and healthier than those who spend their time alone. Spend time connecting with your friends, family, and loved ones throughout retirement. It can help prevent loneliness and provide a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Knowing that you have a strong support system can make a significant difference in your overall level of happiness, and it can be a great way to fill your time, especially if you experience the loss of a spouse, fall on hard times, or suffer from declining health.
Find a Hobby
Retirement can be an exciting time for many, but some may find it hard to fill the empty hours. Exploring a hobby can bring meaning to your life, prevent feelings of uselessness, and promote overall happiness and health. A newfound hobby can bring purpose to retirement and help you stay healthy by prioritizing your mental and physical health.
Whether you choose to volunteer, take a class, learn a new skill, or work on a DIY project, having a hobby can help make the most of your golden years—while also helping to create new friendships and provide a sense of community, which is crucial in preventing loneliness and improving your overall well-being.
Build Into Your Future
If you find yourself searching for advice on how to make your retirement years meaningful and satisfying, our professionals at Wellstone Wealth Management are ready to guide you through this exciting phase of life. Your future is our focus, and we commit to helping you build a financial plan that puts you on a path to make the most of your golden years.
We know that wealth means something a little different to everyone, so our team works with you to understand your unique goals and expectations. Together, we help you develop a tailored, comprehensive life-centered wealth plan built to help you experience your desired lifestyle and legacy goals. Schedule a complimentary introductory meeting by contacting us at 503-594-1210 or email@example.com to discover how we can help you reach a fulfilling retirement.
Greg Allen is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional, Life-Centered Financial Planner, Managing Member, and second-generation owner of Wellstone Wealth Management, a life-centered financial planning firm that takes a unique Return on Life (ROL) approach to help their clients live the best life possible with the money they have. With over 20 years of experience, Greg holds fast to his mission of helping clients plan their finances around their lives, instead of the other way around, resulting in fulfillment, confidence, and a meaningful life. Greg also provides a caring, trusted long-term relationship and life-centered financial behavioral counseling. He specializes in working with people who have recently retired or are close to it (typically five years or less) and relates well to corporate executives and upper-management couples who often have complicated financial pictures and need help maximizing their wealth, reducing their taxes, and preparing for retirement so they can maintain their ideal lifestyle.
When he is not helping his clients find meaning and purpose, you can find Greg spending time with his friends and family, especially his wife, Sandy, children, and grandchildren. As a native Oregonian, Greg loves the outdoors, visiting the Oregon Coast, and retreating to their family cabin in the mountains. He enjoys staying involved with his church, reading, watching sports, and anything to do with exercise and wellness. To learn more about Greg, connect with him on LinkedIn.
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