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Finding Purpose in Retirement

11/09/2023 Wadswick Green, Strawberry Fields, Siddington Park, Mickle Hill, Homewood Grove, General, Newsletter, Blog

Retirement presents an opportunity to explore new interests, passions, and goals. But it can also be a difficult transition for some, as they get used to having more free time on their hands and not having the ties of work. Finding purpose in retirement is an important aspect of maintaining a fulfilling and meaningful life during this new phase.

Here at Rangeford Retirement Villages, we are used to helping our residents with the transition into retired life and have some tips to help you find purpose when you retire:

Reflect on your values and interests:

Take some time to think about what truly matters to you and what activities bring you joy and fulfilment. Have a think about the things that you enjoyed during your working years and also explore new interests that you didn't have time for before. Never stop learning and growing. You can take up new hobbies or enrol yourself in classes or workshops that interest you. Continuously expanding your knowledge can give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose.

Set new goals:

You may be used to setting continuous goals and targets throughout your working life. Retirement doesn't mean the end of setting goals; it's just a shift in focus. Identify specific and achievable goals that you want to pursue during your retirement, whether they are related to hobbies, personal development, travel, or contributing to your community.

Contribute and give back to your community:

A lot of retirees find a strong sense of purpose in giving back to their communities. Explore opportunities to volunteer for causes you care about or support local charities and organisations. Contributing your time and skills can be incredibly rewarding, now that you finally have the time and headspace to dedicate to this.

Stay physically and mentally active:

Engaging in regular physical exercise and mental activities can contribute to a sense of purpose and well-being. Our retirement villages have a range of activities that you can take part in. Being active and eating well is proven to help look after your wellbeing in later life and there is no excuse when moving to a retirement village! The mission of Wellbeing by Rangeford Villages is to empower residents to nurture their lifestyle choices and to help them thrive by providing an integrated approach to wellbeing throughout the village and beyond.

Connect with others:

Social connections are vital for overall happiness and a sense of purpose. Make an effort to maintain and strengthen relationships with family and friends. You can also join clubs, social groups, or attend community events to meet new people with similar interests. In our retirement villages you will have ample opportunity to socialise with people who are at a similar age and whose situations are related to themselves. Moving into an integrated retirement community helps provide the residents with a ready-made supportive environment and helps to limit the consequences of being cut off from society. Here at Rangeford Villages, you can be as involved as you want - Your Life, Your Way.

Consider part-time work or consulting:

If you miss the structure and challenges of your former career, you could consider taking on part-time work or consulting in a field that you are experienced in and enjoy. This can provide a sense of purpose while still allowing for more flexibility and free time.

Travel and explore:

Retirement is an ideal time to travel and explore new places. Whether it's within your country or abroad, experiencing new cultures and environments can enrich your life and provide a sense of adventure. With time available for longer trips, retirees want to explore new places, visit family, and spend time with friends. The beauty of living in a contained luxury retirement village is that your property is safe and secure. Find out more about going on holiday from a retirement village here.

Keep an open mind:

Retirement is a period of transition, and it's okay to explore different paths before settling into a new sense of purpose. Be open to change and allow yourself the freedom to adapt your goals and interests as you discover what truly fulfils you. Finding purpose in retirement is a personal journey, and it's okay to take your time exploring different opportunities until you find what truly resonates with you. Embrace this new phase of life with optimism and an open mind, and you'll likely discover meaningful ways to enjoy your retirement years to the fullest.

A retirement village may be just the ticket for you if you are still looking for an active lifestyle with a community at the heart of it. Historically they were a place to move when an elderly homeowner was no longer able to live in their own home. Now, it is a more proactive lifestyle choice which people are making to enjoy later life to the full. Moving into one gives you the reassurance that support it available as your support and care needs grow and you should be able to live out your later life there.

We know that considering a move to a retirement village is a very personal one and a choice that has to feel right for you. Our village sales advisors are always available at the end of the phone to discuss and talk through any questions you may have.

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