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What to Do After Retirement: 20 Great Ways to Spend Your Time

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Retirement is a fantastic time of life, full of wonderful changes and exciting opportunities. It’s a chance for you to finally do the things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for. But it can also be a bit overwhelming trying to figure out how you’re going to fill all that extra time on your hands.

So, our team at The Villages of Farragut is here to help! From gardening to fishing, attending local events to traveling, we’ve made up a list of 20 great ways you can spend your time after retirement.

1. Reading Something New

Now that you’ve got some more time on your hands, why not immerse yourself in a new world? Whether it’s a novel, biography, or any subject you’re passionate about, reading is a great way to keep your mind sharp. You can visit new worlds, hear new stories, and learn incredible things—all from the comfort of your favorite chair!

2. Learn a New Language

Picking up a new language in your leisure time can be an exciting and rewarding way to spend retirement. This sharpens your cognitive skills and opens up a whole new world of cultures for you to explore. You can use online platforms or language learning apps to make the process interactive and fun, or look around and see if there are any classes being held near you.

3. Traveling

You’ve got the time, so why not see the world? Whether it’s a tour across Europe or a road trip through the States, the world is your oyster.

If you enjoy the ocean, think about a cruise. If you’d prefer a beautiful mountainside, why not New Zealand? There’s an endless amount of options, and the only limit is your imagination. And you’ll get to experience new cultures, make new friends, and try new foods—it’s a wonderful way to spend your time.

4. Gardening

Gardening isn’t just a great way to stay active—it’s also incredibly rewarding. The feeling of growing something with your own 2 hands and some dirt can’t be overstated! If you like flowers, gardening can be a grand way to spruce up your area. And if you grow your own vegetables, you can enjoy fresh produce with the added benefit of cutting down on your grocery bill.

5. Photography

Capture the beauty around you with photography. It’s a wonderful hobby that can take you outdoors and even help you see the world in a new light.  Whether it’s nature, cityscapes, or portraits of loved ones, photography is an incredibly enjoyable way to pass the time.

6. Trying Your Hand at Art

Art is a lovely way to express yourself. And who knows, you might discover a hidden talent! So go ahead and try:

  • Painting
  • Sculpting
  • Sketching
  • Pottery
  • Calligraphy

It’s also a great way to keep your hands flexible and strong. Plus, there are even therapeutic benefits to creating something out of nothing.

7. Music Lessons

Always wanted to play the guitar or piano? Now’s the time to do it. Music is a fantastic way to keep your mind active and have fun.

Playing an instrument helps your brain create new neural pathways and helps you exercise your memory. And depending on the instrument, you may even be able to build new muscle memory.

8. Meditation

Sometimes, a little relaxation is all we need. Take the time to settle in, clear your mind, and meditate. It’s a great way to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve mental clarity and focus
  • Boost emotional well-being
  • Enhance memory
  • Increase patience and tolerance
  • Promote a sense of peace and calm

Meditation does wonders for your well-being, and you don’t need any equipment to start. Simply sit, rest, and think.

9. Yoga

Aging poses its own unique set of challenges, like stiffness and joint pain. So give yoga a try—it’s an excellent way to counteract these problems. It’s easy to start and can be a fun way to meet new people in your community.

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10. Playing Board Games

Board games aren’t just for kids! They’re a fun way to pass the time and keep your mind sharp. Plus, it gives you the chance to socialize with friends.

Whether you’re the competitive type or not, board games can make an evening more fun, and you get to spend time with your family and friends. So, pick up a copy of:

  • Monopoly
  • Yahtzee
  • Scrabble
  • Boggle

If you’re looking for something more relaxing, you can even just grab a deck of cards and play a fun game of Crazy Eights with your loved ones. 

11. Learning Something New

Learning something new is an excellent way to keep your mind active and engaged. It doesn’t have to be too complex—instead, lean into something you find interesting. 

You can explore topics like:

  • Computer skills
  • History
  • Astronomy
  • Philosophy

Here at The Villages of Farragut, our residents are just up the road from the Farragut Branch Library. Whether you live in a senior living community or not, take a look at your local library and grab a book that catches your eye.

12. Golfing

Hit the links and enjoy the fresh air. Golfing is a great way to get exercise and spend time with friends. Our residents can easily visit the nearby courses, including:

It’s a fun way to spend a day, and it never hurts to get some sun!

13. Cooking Classes

Unleash your inner chef by taking a cooking class. Not only will you learn new skills, but you’ll also get to enjoy delicious food. There are plenty of courses online, or you can visit local spots and see if there are classes available.

14. Spending Time in Nature

Spending time in nature is one of the most peaceful and relaxing things in the world. Don’t worry—we’re not going to recommend climbing a mountain or white water rafting. Instead, try:

It’s a great way to relax and stay active.

15. Set up a Social Hour

Many retirees find themselves experiencing feelings of isolation. So, why not push aside feelings of loneliness and set up a social hour with your loved ones? You can set up a lunch or a picnic and enjoy sharing food with the people you love. You can also try this in the evening with something like a movie night.

16. Volunteering

If you’re looking for a rewarding way to spend your time, why not give back to the community? You can make a difference in your area and help the less fortunate.

And if you have a special skill set, you can always talk to local business owners and offer your expertise. This way, you can help set the next generation up for success!

17. Writing

Writing can be an incredible way to express yourself or document your experiences. And you don’t need anything more than a pen and paper. Whether you’re looking to record a memoir, jot down your thoughts in a journal, start a blog, or write the next bestseller, it’s an excellent way to put your thoughts out into the world.

18. Fishing

Fishing may be one of the oldest ways to relax and enjoy your retirement. It’s peaceful, it’s relaxing, and there’s nothing like a quiet few hours on the water.

You might even get the thrill of catching your own dinner! If the taste of fish isn’t for you, you can always practice catch-and-release.

19. Attend Local Events

Take advantage of what your community has to offer by attending local events. It’s a great way to stay engaged and meet new people.

Here at the Villages of Farragut, our residents are close to:

Plus, we host our own programs and activities here in our community!

20. Moving to a Senior Living Community

Sometimes, the answer is right under your nose—like moving to our community at The Villages of Farragut. Here, you’ll find a supportive environment with plenty of activities and amenities designed to make your retirement years enjoyable and rewarding. You’ve earned it, so book a tour with us today!

Written by Melody Matney

Melody is our Executive Director. She leads with a genuine and warm heart for families and seniors with a background of impressive leadership among her peers and colleagues. She was born in Knoxville, grew up in the Rocky Hill area, and is a life-long resident of East Tennessee.

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