Coping With Retirement - Beyond retirement

Once you have the finances figured out for your retirement (or if you have retired), you need to figure out how you are going to spend your time. These years can be the most rewarding and exciting of your life. There are literally hundreds of ways for you to spend your time. If you are thoughtful about your retirement planning, you may find that you still don't have enough time in the day to do everything that you want.

Volunteer Work

Volunteer work can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your time. Depending on your community, there will be a variety of places that are happy to train and utilize volunteers in different positions. Depending on your personal needs, volunteer positions can range from basic tasks—such as greeting visitors, assisting patients in reading, or escorting people—to jobs that resemble working positions, such as accounting, staff management, and teaching. You can select what you want to do with the level of effort you are interested in putting in. You can do more than one volunteer position to fill different needs. You may want to work one or two days with children, and then take on a more pressured, or less pressured, position elsewhere for another day of activity. You should research and ask around about the organizations that take volunteers. Most arts organizations, museums, zoos, hospitals, schools, day care centers, and nonprofit organizations rely on their volunteers for many jobs.

Community Activism

You may be interested in pursuing your volunteer work in another arena entirely. Political and social activism is based on volunteer support. That support is both financial- and assistance-based. You are in a position, once you retire, to take your expertise to an organization that fights for the positions you support and believe in. If no organization exists in the area you want to dedicate your time, then start one. Chances are good that if you are interested in something, others are out there who are also interested. This resolves two potential problems in retirement: activity and social contact, you will meet people with similar interests by participating in community organizations.

Home Management

Once you have retired, you will probably be spending a few more hours, at least, in your home. This is when the dripping faucet, the faded carpet, and the stained walls will become more annoying. Do not take on more repair work than you can do physically or afford financially. Plan repairs and redecorating to accommodate your time and your budget. Overhauling your home may be a goal, but it should be planned as such and not decided on one afternoon. The stress of remodeling and renovating should be taken into account with your physical health.

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