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Five ways to keep busy during retirement

Retirement is a milestone that can be both exciting and equally just as daunting.

At first, many are relieved to have hours of freedom, enjoying a gentler pace of life, but often, retirees find that they want to fill their hours with a variety of activities. That’s why we have compiled a list our top five things you can do when you retire to keep those years active, fun and interesting.

First things first, if you’ve got a bucket list that that’s where you should head to. If you don’t, this is the time to write one. Fancy visiting a specific city or something a little more extreme like skydiving? This is the chance to get those ideas that were always pushed away and make them happen.

If a bucket list isn’t for you, or even better you’ve already checked it off - we’ve got a list here for you to dive into.

1. Start a new sport

Staying active has endless benefit to our physical, mental and social wellbeing. Finding a new sport or joining a club can help keep you active and meeting new people. From golfing to yoga, clay shooting or to dance classes, there are so many new activities to try out from your doorstep at the Walled Gardens helping to make every day an interesting one.

2. Travel

Travelling is an incredible way to make new memories, visit new places and learn new things. Whether this is within Scotland or abroad, there are so many ways travelling can be accessible and fun.

One idea is to get a map and pin the cities or countries you would like to visit and plan out your trip

Another idea is to plan a tour around Scotland, visiting new cities, parks, or landmarks. Setting goals or challenges can make simple activities more fun - such as aiming to visit a new location every month or climbing every Munroe in Scotland (282 in total!).  

3. Learn something new

Why not learn a new language, a new instrument or even delve into a new field of study. With an abundance of lessons, lectures and clubs there’s lots of opportunities to try new things and learn something new every day – even on a budget.

4. Volunteer

Giving back to the community is both a fulfilling and rewarding thing to do so why not join in? Volunteering for a local charity or NGO can help build a stimulating and fulfilling routine, keeping active and supporting a cause you care about.

5. Gardening

Gardening is praised for being a very relaxing and satisfying hobby to get into. Whether you want to tend to a garden or grow your own vegetables, there’s lots of ways to get your hands dirty. Gardening has also shown to help reduce stress, fight diseases and help build strength! So, if you fancy growing some tomatoes or planting some new flowers, you will be doing yourself and the environment a great favour.

As you can see, there is plenty to embrace in your retirement, the above is only a handful of some of the fun hobbies you can pick up. It is the perfect time to do the things you’ve always wanted to do whilst spending time nearest and dearest.