Retirement is a massive change in your life especially if work has been a large part of it. Not only are you leaving behind an occupation but you’re leaving a community, friends, a sense of belonging and that all important routine.
So finding something to fill that void is essential. But, if you don’t decide what you want to do there is a danger that others fill it up for you. Being with grandchildren is a delight but that doesn’t mean you have to be a free source of childcare everyday. Or, you may have a long list of jobs to do about the house and garden. But these won’t last forever and unless you enjoy DIY and gardening these can be more of a chore than a pleasure.
One enjoyable pastime that could fill the gap is writing. Anyone can learn to write if they want to. It’s fun, it’s stimulating and provides a whole host of benefits to help make your retirement enjoyable and fulfilling. Here are a few:
For those who want to keep earning but not ‘go out to work’ writing is a great option. Once you know how to write for the market you can earn enough to pay for holidays, treats for the family, meals out etc. How much you make depends on the time you put in and the type of writing you do. Plus, writing is a very flexible occupation. You can decide how much time you want to devote to it. If you want to go on holiday, you can go on holiday. If you need to have a break because you’re poorly or need to look after your partner then you can do that. The choice is yours.
If you like to travel then writing complements this perfectly. Writing reviews and travel articles can mean your travels could be paid for by the publisher or sponsored by tour operators and hotel chains. Or you can sell your travel stories to newspapers and magazines provided they fit their requirements. There may even be the chance of a book deal if you have the right story or angle.
Having a stimulating pastime is one of the five key areas that can have a positive impact on your mental health according to The Mental Health Foundation. So you need to find one that works for you. And writing is definitely stimulating.
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