4 top tips on what to do in the first 30 days of your retirement

So, you’ve decided when you’re going to pack it all in and you know what you’re going to do in the days running up to your last day in work. You may perhaps even have some long term ambitions that you know you want to accomplish during the years of retirement you have ahead of you. But what about those first few days and weeks? The changeover from being employed to being retired can be difficult to navigate, and can cast a gloomy cloud over what should be a joyful period of your life if not handled correctly. So, here are our top tips for what to do—and not to do—during the first thirty days of retirement:

1. If you don’t have any solid plans for what you want to do with your retirement, it’s a sound idea to begin creating those sooner rather than later to make sure your life away from work has a sense of purpose. But it’s also vital to think about the short term too: get in contact with old work colleagues, friends and family and set some dates in your diary to go on a day trip or long weekend together, or simply to meet up for coffee. An active social life doesn’t happen on its own, so get the ball rolling as soon as possible!

2. It might seem obvious, but you’d be astonished how many people bypass the chance to celebrate attaining one of life’s biggest milestones. However you want to mark the occasion—a short break or holiday, an extravagant meal or luxurious bottle of bubbly—it’s imperative to acknowledge the years of hard work you’ve put into being able to retire, so do it.

3. Just because you’ve left the world of work behind doesn’t mean that those things that cause you stress will automatically vanish. In actual fact, it’s quite likely that you’ve been putting off tackling some of the worrying elements of your life outside of work, so coming up with a plan to deal with and resolve these as early as possible once you retire will help to make certain you can really revel in what should be the best period of your life.

4. The contemporary world of 24-hour news can be both a blessing and a curse, as the necessity to remain regularly up-to-date with current affairs can be addictive and turn you into a couch potato before you even realise it. ‘Binge watching’ series after series on streaming services such as Netflix can also be tempting with so much free time on your hands, but it’s worth keeping in mind that TV on demand is there to make it easier to fit viewing around your life, not to become your life!

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