What is your idea of great retirement-hobbies? Retire with one that will provide peace of mind, relaxation, and possibly a social connection?
Your thoughts will very likely be different than mine. Your retirement-hobbies could be any activity that brings you a sense of purpose and helps you take the attention off yourself and your problems. It helps to relieve anxiety. The Japanese have a word for it, “ikigai” which means that which gives life a sense of purpose. Take time to figure out what activities are important to you and then make them a priority.
People with retirement-hobbies tend to be more content with their lives. So if you don’t do anything but work, eat and exercise you need to develop some outside interests. Retirement hobbies should be fun and relaxing. Hobbies don’t need to be physical unless you like physical work. Golf and other competitive sports are great hobbies as long as you don't take yourself too seriously.
A great hobby should assist in managing stress and not create more stress. Stress can have dramatic impact on our health and is one of the causes of high blood pressure, which is a root cause of heart attack, stroke, dementia and even kidney failure. Stress can both shorten your life and rob you of quality of life.
Collecting stamps or rare coins may interest you. Or you may find your “ikigai” by purchasing a small Bonsai plant and learning how to care for it and see your attention bring it to blossom.
Do not consider your hobby as another job but rather an activity or game that you can enjoy alone or with friends. However, if you find a hobby that leads to some extra income that would be an added bonus. If you have any trouble finding an activity that interests you, you might try scanning the “Clubs and Organizations” listing of your local newspaper or check out activities that your Church sponsors.
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