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1 Thing All Seniors Should Know Before Retirement

It’s easy to imagine retirement as this wonderful period of life. In reality, retirement can be challenging. Not only can living on a fixed income be pretty stressful, but having to find ways to occupy your newfound free time can be easier said than done.

In fact, one thing you should know ahead of retirement is that it has the potential to be really boring. And excessive boredom could mess with your mental health. So it’s important to figure out what you’ll do with your time before you make the decision to end your career.

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Don’t let boredom wreck your retirement

Work can be stressful in its own right, but at least it keeps you busy. Just as importantly, it’s a means of keeping busy without having to go out and spend money.

Once you’re retired, you may find yourself feeling restless and unhappy due to not having enough activities to occupy your time. And that’s a terrible state of mind to get stuck in.

That’s why it’s important to ask yourself these questions ahead of retirement:

  • Do I have a plan for how I’ll spend my days?
  • Have I researched the cost of different activities, and will I have enough retirement income to do the things I want to do?
  • Have I looked into volunteering?
  • Have I considered a part-time job?

The latter is an especially important one to mull over. Many people think of retirement as a period that should be devoid of work. But a part-time job could do more than just put extra money in your pocket and supplement your Social Security benefits — it could also give your days some structure and keep you busy and social a few hours a week. There’s a huge advantage to that.

Either way, don’t overlook the boredom factor in the course of your retirement planning. And do your best to avoid falling victim to it.

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