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Retirement is a time of life most of us look forward to for many years. We envision relaxing days mixed with daily activities of our own choosing. But what happens a few months after you retire? Once you have had time to enjoy carefree days and are now seeking days with more purposeful activity?
According to research, a lack of purpose in life can boost a senior’s risk for health conditions like heart disease and depression by as much as 40 percent. That’s pretty strong evidence for the need to create meaningful days after retiring.
Living a Purpose-Driven Retirement
How can you go about bringing purpose to your life when you’ve given up working and your family is grown and gone? Here are some suggestions you might find useful:
Commit to Healthy Self-Care
While this recommendation is a little different than the others, it’s an important part of maintaining your health during the retirement years. By making self-care a priority, you can keep a preventable medical crisis from disrupting your plans. Consume a well-balanced diet and stay hydrated. Commit to exercising regularly, and incorporate weight training, stretching, and cardiovascular activity into your fitness routine. Get 8 hours of quality sleep each night.
Finally, schedule a yearly appointment with your primary care physician. What is the Medicare Wellness Visit, and How Much Does It Cost? is a good article to review to learn more about a benefit that most seniors are entitled to every year.