How to Avoid the Retirement Rut

Here’s a lifestyle Two-Minute Retirement Solution.

Once you’re actually retired, one of the things researchers tell us happens is that life becomes a lot like work – with some of the same stressors.

In our first year of freedom from the job, we all start off with the same goals: catching up on sleep, relaxation, hobbies and, of course, hitting the ball.

[ad#Google Adsense 336×280-IA]Many of us can expect this new freedom to last as long as 25 years.

But, no matter how grandiose your plans for your golden years, if you don’t work at it, routine will set in.

For many, that means more than 9,000 days of routine.

And routine causes boredom, which makes us boring and has the same debilitating effects on our physical and mental well-being as it did when you spent all day on the job doing the same thing again and again.

According to the MIT AgeLab, the leading cause of the record-high divorce rate among couples over 50 is boredom.

A monotonous daily routine is just too much for most marriages to survive.

The AgeLab also reports that the typical response from one of the partners in a newly retired situation is “I married him or her for life, not lunch.” In other words, it’s important to find a reason to get out of the house.

It’s something you must address if you’re to make the most out of the last phase – and what could be the best part – of your life.

And the solution does not require ridiculously expensive trips to Europe or Asia, although those are great refreshers – if you can afford them.

Just trying or learning something new can make all the difference. But you have to make the effort to get out of the house. The stakes are too high and the options are too numerous not to do it.

There’s a group in Colorado called “Bumps for Boomers” that teaches boomers how to ski.

And Road Scholar has educational trip packages in all 50 states and in 150 countries.

Or just revisit an old interest or hobby.

The list of options is endless, but you have to make the first move.

The stakes are too high. Either use it or lose it. And too many are choosing the latter.

— Steve McDonald

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Source: Wealthy Retirement