Four top tips on what to do in the first 30 days of your retirement
Don’t delay in making plans – If you don’t have any concrete plans for what you want to do with your retirement, it’s a good idea to start making those sooner rather than later to ensure your life away from work has a sense of purpose. But it’s also important to think about the short term too: get in contact with friends and family and set some dates in your diary to go on a day trip or long weekend together, or simply to meet up for coffee. An active social life doesn’t happen on its own, so get the ball rolling early on.
Limit your screen time – The modern world of 24-hour news can be both a blessing and a curse, as the need to remain constantly up-to-date with current affairs can be addictive and turn you into a couch potato before you even realise it. ‘Binge watching’ series after series on streaming services such as Netflix can also be tempting with so much free time on your hands, but it’s worth keeping in mind that TV on demand is there to make it easier to fit viewing around your life, not to become your life!
Take some time to de-stress – Just because you’ve left the world of work behind doesn’t mean that those things that cause you stress will magically disappear. In fact, it’s quite likely that you’ve been putting off tackling some of the stressful elements of your life outside of work, so coming up with a strategy to address and resolve these as early as possible once you retire will help to ensure you can truly enjoy what should be the most relaxed period of your life.
Celebrate! – It might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people bypass the opportunity to celebrate reaching one of life’s biggest milestones. However you want to mark the occasion – a weekend away, a fancy meal, an expensive bottle of bubbly – it’s important to recognise the years of hard work you’ve put into being able to retire, so do it!
And finally, when do you retire……………. If you can do it in the spring, you have the light nights, and the summer to get used to the new way of life, before the nights draw in.