Choose Retirement-Hobbies for Peace of Mind and Relaxation

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.

Other ways to find enjoyable retirement-hobbies.

  • Join a sports club. Whatever outdoor activity that is popular in your area. I like golf, fishing and the shooting sports such as trap shooting.
  • Join a card club (Euchre, Bridge).
  • Attend adult education classes that focus on activities that you have always wanted to try. Once you have learned the basics, see if there isn’t a club in your area that provides the opportunity to hone your skills in the presence of other people.
  • Attend adult education classes that focus on activities that you have always wanted to try. Once you have learned the basics, see if there isn’t a club in your area that provides the opportunity to hone your skills in the presence of other people.
  • Check classes offered by Home Depot or other merchandisers. What is work for other people could be a great hobby for you.
  • Check the local senior center or recreation center. They often have classes, activities and travel programs.
  • Try gardening. It is one of my favorites. Working in a garden is great exercise and provides an opportunity to enjoy nature. It helps to relieve stress.
  • Try dancing, what a great way to stimulate both your mind and your body.
  • Try cooking, photography, metal detecting, model railroading, collecting historical memorabilia, collecting old John Wayne movies or collecting anything.
  • If you can’t find a selected activity search the internet or ask your local librarian for help.

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