Retired? Try some new hobbies or resurrect some old ones

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Your retirement years are just that – yours!

If you are retired and looking for something new and exciting to occupy your spare time, there are various hobbies you can try! Who knows, you may just uncover a hidden talent or two.

If you’re active, you might enjoy hiking and walking; but if you prefer to spend more time at home; writing might be the ideal hobby for you.

Imagine writing your life story… Think of the many questions you wished you had asked your parents or grandparents about their lives. By writing your story, you will leave a legacy for your family and get to share the wisdom you gained along your journey.

There are countless benefits to taking up a new hobby or resurrecting an old one, including reducing loneliness and stress.

Many seniors say their retirement years are just as stressful as their working years, as many have financial, family or health stressors to contend with. Hobbies, particularly those that require a bit of exercise or mental stimulation, offer a great way to unwind, give one a sense of purpose, boost self-esteem and even help to improve mental clarity and brain function. Physical hobbies, such as walking, hiking or golfing, can also help to improve cardiovascular health.

Connect with like-minded people

Most hobbies, particularly those that get you out and about in the community, can also help you to connect with like-minded seniors and make new friends.

You could also consider learning a new skill, such as doing a computer or woodworking course. This will not only help to strengthen your brain, but it will also give you something to look forward to.

Volunteering is another hobby that can provide physical, emotional and social benefits. It will also enable you to use your skills or learn something new. Groups like Rotary International or Lions clubs offer great opportunities for you to get involved in community-based projects.

If you spent your working years chained to a desk, retirement is the perfect time to see the world. Whether it’s travelling to a nearby tourist hotspot or jet-setting around the globe, take time to travel if you can!

Other hobbies you could take up include:

  • Joining a birding, gardening or book club
  • Learning how to play a musical instrument
  • Learning a new language
  • Stargazing
  • Delving into your genealogy
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Candle making
  • Knitting and/or sewing
  • Cooking and/or baking
  • Joining one of the interesting clubs or groups that have been established by residents at Rand Aid’s retirement villages – there are many!

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