5 Ways To Stay Busy When You’re Retired

Although retirement is something that people look forward to for the entirety of their careers, they can often find themselves a little lost about what to do with their time once they arrive.

Although the first few weeks are exciting, the thrill can start to wear away after a while.  In some cases, it can even lead to depression.  It’s easy to understand why someone who lived a busy schedule for decades could be a little lost finding themselves with no fixed schedule.

However, retirement is full of all sorts of surprises and advantages if you know how to keep yourself occupied.  Here are some great ideas to get you started. 

Start a Hobby

People who have always been committed to their job and family as their first priority may have never had a hobby.  Not only does a hobby fulfill your passions, but it can be a great way to keep your mind busy and make new friends.

A hobby can be anything from growing plants, to collecting stamps.  Try to think about all of the things that interest you, and how you could turn it into a hobby.  You might be surprised to find that you have interests you never even knew about.

Stay Social

Try to keep your schedule full of social engagements.  It’s essential to have a balance of all of the elements in your life, from social fulfillment to intellectual.

When you go to work every day you’re interacting with other people, you get a dose of human contact.  However, when you’re retired, you can find yourself missing that daily camaraderie.

You can quickly remedy this by scheduling as many social activities as possible, whether it’s joining a book club or meeting up for a drink with friends. 


Why not enjoy all this free time by taking a vacation! Retirement is the best time to go on a trip and do all of the things you always wanted to do when you were younger.  Take advantage and go on an adventure exploring new places and relaxing poolside.

There are plenty of senior discounts available which can significantly reduce the overall cost of your travels.

Join a Sports Team

A lot of retired folks join a sports team like bowling.  It’s a great way to stay active and do something fun with your time.

Depending on how mobile you are, you may opt for something more low impact to avoid injury.  However, if you’re in excellent physical condition, what’s holding you back from joining a cross country team?

Downsize Your Home

When you reach a certain age, it can be a lot of work taking care of a larger property.  Consider downsizing your home to something which requires less maintenance.  Remodeling and redecorating your new space can be a wonderful pastime and a new beginning.