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After spending much of your adult life waking up to an alarm clock so you can get ready for work, rising on your first day of retirement can be a strange feeling. You now have a great deal of free time to do whatever you want, and it can be overwhelming knowing your days no longer have structure. Settling into retirement can take time, but some of the following actions might have you adjusting to your golden years quicker than you thought. 

Plan a Vacation

Planning vacations when you’re still in the workforce can be challenging when you must apply for time off and structure your leave around other employees. Now that you’re retired, you can plan holidays to Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand, or anywhere you please. 

There’s no need to worry about applying for leave or cutting your trip short to please your bosses. Instead, you can set off on an overseas adventure for as long as you like. Planning a trip can be one of the first things you do when you leave the workforce to give you something to focus on. 

Sort Your Finances

We can become so accustomed to receiving regular income from our place of employment that not everyone knows what to do when that will no longer be the case. Make financial planning your priority when you leave the workforce to understand how much money you need to live on and how much you can afford to spend on life’s pleasures like hobbies and overseas vacations. If you have been planning for retirement for a number of years, you likely have a retirement fund to draw from and a nest egg of savings you can now tap into. 

Develop a Routine

There is nothing wrong with enjoying your retirement years by relaxing and taking each day as it comes, but routine can be important for feeling like you have a sense of purpose. As you settle into the work-free period of your life, consider creating new habits that prevent you from feeling lost. 

You might still get up at the same time each day, eat at the same times, and participate in regular activities like exercise, gardening, and café meetings with friends. Your routine might also include volunteering in your community, spending time with family on particular days, and attending clubs.

Stay Physically Active

When you’re not required to walk or cycle to work, navigate the stairs at an office, or run errands for your bosses, it’s easy to lose physical fitness that keeps you in excellent shape. Staying at home more often might even mean you put on weight and feel generally uncomfortable. 

Make physical fitness your priority once you retire. Set time aside each day to go for a walk or take up a form of group exercise like yoga or Pilates. Swimming and cycling can also be excellent ways to keep fit while being gentle on your body. 

Settling into retirement can take time, especially after being in the workforce and the same routine for decades. However, it might not be long until you’re truly thriving in your golden years by establishing a new routine, planning fun vacations, and prioritizing your health, well-being, and finances.