Retirement – adjusting to taking a step back from the working world

Retirement can be an exciting prospect for many, offering the opportunity to travel, take up hobbies or enjoy time with grandchildren. For others, it’s a more daunting prospect; less time with colleagues or not having a daily work routine can cause you to feel you lack purpose.

Here’s our guide to adjusting to life post retirement and making the most of your new found freedom:

Fill your days

It can be nice initially post retirement to take a break or go on holiday, but it’s good to keep a routine if you’re used to one. It could be something as simple as going to bed at the same time or going for a daily walk. Filling your days with activities you enjoy can help you to feel less lost and give you a reason to leave the house. If you don’t have any hobbies, you could consider volunteering which can help you to adjust to post working life.

Dedicate time to technology

While it’s likely you’ll have used technology in the workplace, don’t underestimate how technology can help make daily life easier. Having access to a computer at home or at your local library can help you to find out about a new hobby or meet new people. Remember to be alert to scammers and always tell someone if you are using the internet to meet new people or research things.

Make your home comfortable

If you are heading in to retirement, making sure your home is comfortable and pleasant to be in is a priority. Many of us spend more time at home during the retirement period so ensuring you clean your home regularly is advisable. There are also plenty of ways to refresh the look of your home on a budget. If you worry about navigating your home safely, you could consider lifeline support including a pendant for assistance with falls.

Make time to exercise

While you may not have been to exercise classes or used a gym while working, it’s important to remember with exercise that every little counts. When you’re working it’s likely you’ll have walked from your car or a bus stop in to work or gone out at lunchtime for some fresh air and a sandwich. Try to find ways to get outside each day, whether it’s as simple as watering plants in the garden or strolling round your neighbourhood. This will not only help physically, but can help your mental wellbeing too.

Keep your mind active

It’s important for wellbeing to make sure you keep your mind active too. Many people whose previous jobs involved mentally challenging work may find they need stimulating activities during retirement. Consider reading, writing or puzzles to keep your mind focussed.

Think long term

Planning trips or things to do during retirement can help you feel less lost. Plan ahead so you can save to travel or make a bucket list of things you’ve always wanted to do but have never had the time. That way you’ll have plenty of things to look forward to.

Make financial swaps

If you’re already retired, chances are you’ve thought about the changes to your finances. It’s important to make sure your new found freedom doesn’t cause you to spend beyond your means – allow yourself a daily budget and stick to what you can afford. If you find yourself not wanting to go without little luxuries, consider other ways to save money – walking where possible instead of getting a taxi or switching to a cheaper brand at the supermarket are simple ways to save.

Consider a low stress job

This one might seem counter-productive if you’re retired from the working world, but if you do miss work you may want to consider doing a few hours in a low stress working environment. This can help financially, as well as offering you the opportunity to work without committing to a full time role. Volunteering can also keep you busy and make you feel good.


Retirement can be lonely if you’re used to working in a busy environment and don’t have friends close by. Consider joining a group for company or rescuing a pet. The latter can be especially good for getting you out of the house if you sometimes find it an issue.

To find out more about how lifeline can help you remain independent and confident during retirement and beyond, please contact us.