When you retire, the last thing you want to be doing is worrying about money. You’ve worked all your life and this is meant to be the payoff. Finally, time to escape the daily grind of work and have time to enjoy life. Whether you want to spend as much time as possible with your grandchildren, or you want to spend every day tending to your garden, the choice is all yours. That’s the beautiful thing about finally stopping work! Retirement may be then end of your working life but it’s the beginning of a whole different phase for you.
Retiring isn’t always a choice, though. For some people, it’s just unavoidable. Redundancies may force you into retirement This can happen at a moments notice and can be really distressing. It’s hard to think after all those years of work you’re seen as past your best and ready for the scrap heap. Physical issues or poor health can mean you are in the same boat, too. If you have to take early retirement, it can be a massive strain on your finances and a worrying burden to bear.
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If you have retired of your own accord and have a reasonable amount of money set aside, it still might not be a bed of roses. Having worked hard for such a long, a lot of people find that not working takes a lot of getting used to! From having to get up every day and follow a routine, suddenly you have no such pulls on your time. It could leave you feeling fed up and lacking purpose. If you’ve been used to a structured existence, the days can become almost unbearably long.
If you don’t have enough money as you thought you would when you retired, it could mean life becomes quite tough. There are different ways you can try to bolster your savings. If you own your home you could downsize, but that isn’t exactly the easiest of options. Do you really want to leave your home? If you want to stay put, then you could looking at releasing some of the equity but still staying in your property. You can also buy an annuity with the lump sum you receive from your pension, which guarantees an income for the rest of your life. Considering we’re all living longer and longer, this could make your future more certain and give you peace of mind.
IF you are feeling that boredom might be an issue, then why not take up a new hobby? Try a class, or learn a new skill? It’s a great way to keep you active. Using your brain and staying sharp is increasingly important as you get older. It’s vital to have a regular thorough mental workouts in order to stave of degenerative conditions such as dementia. You might also make new friends, who are in a similar position to yourself which straight away gives you something in common! It can be strange suddenly being at home all the time, especially if you are married or have a partner. Spending so much more time together can be lovely but it can feel a bit odd, too It’s a great time to give your relationship a shake up and try new things together.
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