Are you bored now that you have retired? At a bit of a loss as to what to do with yourself? Lots of retirees face this issue. It is difficult after being in the busy working world for so many years to just turn it off. Some have no problem with this at all. Old hobbies, new hobbies, travel, family, fitness, charity work, new things to learn can quickly take the place of all that time spent at work. But others really struggle.
This is a time where it is really important to stay busy and active. Active both physically and mentally. Suddenly coming to a full stop can cause some to feel adrift and unmotivated to do anything.
If you are at a loss as to what to do in retirement, have you thought about working part time to sort of ease into full retirement a bit slower? Finding a part time job can be a great answer. It can keep us feeling needed and having a purpose. It can keep us more active physically and mentally. Having a little extra cash is also a very good thing especially if you are trying to not take early CPP. The part time aspect will also give you time to enjoy retiring and figure out what your goals are long term.
There sometimes are opportunities to do some consulting work in the same career that you had. There are work from home opportunities that can work out well. Or look in your community for part time job openings in something maybe not too stressful but will keep you engaged. Think about your skills and experience, how much time you would like to work and what kind of work appeals to you. Check out local job boards and ask around. There may be the perfect solution for you out there!
For my Comox, Courtenay and Campbell River readers, I have a lead for you. The Discovery Foods store at Oyster River is looking for part time staff. If you are good with people and would like to learn more about opportunities there, call Chris or Dale at 250-923-7733.
If you are not retired yet but are considering it, something like this may allow you to retire early while still providing a bit of income. Good luck in living your retirement life to the max!