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25 Strategies for Finding Fulfillment After 65

Reaching 65 is a milestone to be proud of, with retirement in full swing and an era of relaxation to enjoy. To help you make the most of this new chapter, here are 25 tips for living life to the full after 65.

Build An Exercise Routine 

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It’s a common misconception that exercise routines are exclusively for young people. No matter how old we are, exercise should be a crucial part of our daily lives, protecting both our physical and mental health. Whether it’s light jogging, slow walking, or lifting weights, fitness can be personalised to your health and goals.

Learn More About Technology

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Getting older can make the world feel increasingly alien, especially regarding technology. Instead of letting the digital age overwhelm you, try learning more about technology with the help of grandchildren, friends, or books.

Accept Change

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Part of living life to the full is accepting that things rarely stay the same. Reconciling yourself with change, whether physical or emotional, will help you remove stress and practice gratitude. 

Try Meditation

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The ancient practice of meditation is renowned for good reason and is becoming increasingly popular among seniors. Not only is it relaxing, but the deep breathing it requires improves circulation and blood oxygen levels.

Don’t Skip Seasonal Vaccines

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The prospect of multiple injections is hardly exciting, but seasonal vaccines are a necessary evil as we age. After all, nobody wants to come down with the flu over Thanksgiving or Christmas. 

Get Regular Health Checkups

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Keeping on top of your health is increasingly important as you transcend 65. Regular screenings for your hearing, vision, teeth, and various cancers are all crucial to catching any issues early. 

Stay Hydrated

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An unfortunate part of ageing is that our bodies aren’t as efficient, which extends to their ability to retain water. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to this. Experts advise seniors to drink at least 4 litres of water each day, helping them feel more alert and improving digestion. 

Take Supplements

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Supplements are another key to healthy ageing, helping us add nutrition and decreasing cognitive decline risk. Consider taking Vitamin C to aid immune function, Omega-3 to support bone health, and Magnesium to calm the nervous system.

Spend Time With Friends

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One of retirement’s greatest joys is the ability to spend more time with friends. No longer burdened by long working hours, your 60s and 70s can be a time of social enrichment and connecting with old pals.

Check In With Family

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Family is everything, and this is a realisation often had by those in their retirement years. Your 60s and 70s are a perfect time to nourish relationships with loved ones, spend time with grandchildren, and help out family members. 

Travel The World

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While under 40s may want to travel internationally, it’s retirees who can do so. Unburdened by their career and with independent children, those over 65 are embracing their wanderlust and booking enviable trips on a whim. 

Try Yoga

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Yoga isn’t all about handstands and backbends, it’s easily modifiable to suit various ages. From chair yoga to senior-friendly stretching, there’s a style to suit anyone regardless of mobility issues. 

Wear Comfortable Clothes

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With the days of office attire firmly behind you, there’s never been a better time to embrace loungewear. After Covid lockdowns sparked a loungewear trend, there’s far more on the market than simple Pjs. 

Eat Nutrition-Dense Food

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Ensuring our diet is balanced and nutrient-rich is essential as we age. While the occasional burger is fine, it’s important to replace frequent junk food binges with fresh vegetables and fruit. 

Cut Back On Drinking

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You might not want to party the night away like you used to, but more casual drinking can still cause damage. As we age, our bodies can’t process alcohol as well, meaning a few glasses of wine could make you feel sluggish and ill. 

Quit Smoking

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If you haven’t already, this is your sign to throw away your last pack of cigarettes. While quitting might be hard, the physical and mental benefits of a nicotine-free life are well worth it. 

Rekindle Hobbies

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Retirement is the perfect time to rekindle hobbies and pursue interests that may have taken a backseat over the years. Whether it’s joining a local sports club, painting at home, or taking up sailing, your 60s and 70s can bring untold joy.

Get Enough Sleep

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Getting enough sleep is just as crucial over 65 as it was in your younger years. Now that you’re retired, your sleeping schedule can take whatever form you want, as long as you’re getting above the recommended 7 hours. 

Plan Your Estate

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Planning your estate and finances can bring peace of mind as you enter 65. Ensuring the safety of your assets, including your home and personal belongings, can save you time and trouble further down the line. 

Start Volunteering

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Retirees not only have more free time to give, but they also have a wealth of skills accumulated over the years. Volunteering in a way that gives back to your community can be hugely rewarding, as well as keeping you active during the week. 

Join A Local Club

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Your community is likely home to a variety of clubs and societies that you never knew existed. These often include creative workshops, fitness clubs for seniors, or cooking classes. The possibilities are endless, and it’s never too late to find a new community of friends. 

Adopt A Pet

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Many retirees adopt a dog or cat after years of working full-time time making it unfeasible. Adopting a pet from your local shelter can be incredibly rewarding, providing you with company and helping an animal in need. 

Mental Health Protection

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It’s crucial to take care of our mental well-being throughout our lives, especially as we get older and experience various changes. Make sure to prioritise self-care if you’re feeling overwhelmed and regularly check in with loved ones.

Cut Down Screen time

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With more hours in the day and less work to do, retirees often find their screen time skyrocketing, leaving them feeling sluggish and unfit. After a few hours of watching TV or searching the web, make sure to get some fresh air and give your eyes a well-deserved rest.

Learn New Things

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Education isn’t exclusively for the young, and it can be fulfilling to learn new things as you age. Retirement opens up more time to explore subjects that you’re passionate about, whether it’s gardening, technology, or history. 

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