How to Recover if You're Bored in Retirement
Let’s say you’re a retiree...but you find yourself bored or you haven’t been able to transition easily into retirement. Well, we have some ideas to get you out of your funk taken from a U.S. News & World Report article titled, “When You Decide Your Retirement Is a Mistake,” by Rodney Brooks.
Find something to do. Check goals off of your bucket list. Spend time with your grandchildren. Pick up new hobbies. Learn a language.
Expand your horizons...take on a volunteer position. Volunteering is a great way to connect with people and find new friends while giving back to your community. Find a board position. Mentor younger people. Get involved in church.
Go back to school. You can learn about topics you’ve been interested in, but never got around to learning in your working life. You might even be able to use your newly learned skills to start a new job. Which leads to the fourth idea...
Return to work. Sometimes retirees spend their savings quicker than expected or have expensive unexpected medical bills. Pick up a part-time job to pick up some cash, but at the same time you will have more contact with people and potentially make new friends. If you’re worried you can’t go back to work since you’ve already started collecting Social Security benefit checks, a retirement expert told U.S. News & World Report, that you can actually undo it if you’ve taken Social Security within the last 12 months. You can stop the benefit and then pay back the money you’ve received. If you are 66 or older, you can temporarily suspend your SS payments.
We hope these ideas help you get over the hump.