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Ten Awesome Hobbies with Unusual Benefits for Retirees

Ten Awesome Hobbies with Unusual Benefits for Retirees

After a lifetime of work, you’d think that you can enjoy a long vacation and have days filled with simple small things like having a cup of tea with your granddaughter. If you’re not already there, I should warn you about what’s coming. You’ll eventually get bored.

If you don’t have a hobby of your own, this would be a nice chance to mark the new era of your life with a new activity. However, you should take other things into consideration, because there are hobbies you can pick up that are not just entertaining, but highly beneficial in different areas of life.

1. Fishing

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    A healthy dose of sun exposure will get you some vitamin D that keeps your bones healthy and what better way to sunbathe than to go fishing. Besides this, you should also know that fishing helps with stress relief; being in nature far from the toxic city air and traffic noise will help you calm down and clear your thoughts. Spending time in nature will significantly improve your focus, and depending on the success of your adventure you might end up with a nutritious meal.

    2. Knitting

    The dynamic, repetitive movements necessary for you to create a knit piece place you in the present moment which means your mind isn’t concerned about what will happen in the future. This kind of relaxation helps lower your heart rate and blood pressure so that your stress levels will be significantly decreased. The equipment necessary for knitting is inexpensive, so if you decide to go with knitting you’ll have a cheap way to express your creativity and perhaps discover a hidden talent.

    3. Blogging

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      Years of life experience imply you have something to share with the world and you definitely should. Your words of wisdom will find those who need guidance. The whole starting process isn’t at all difficult. You need to find a nice website template that’s in harmony with your niche and the topics you write about, so read up on different hosting options and get good support to begin your writing. If you stick to blogging you can even earn some extra cash. Just be persistent.

      4. Astronomy

      Now you have enough time to learn everything you always wanted, and learning about the mysteries of our world and our universe might just be the most interesting subject you could find. Considering the fact that astronomy requires only observation and patience, you’ll be able to spend some quiet time in nature while learning about the constellations and their secrets.

      5. Pottery

      The great thing about this creative hobby is that it is a form of exercise requiring you to move your hands, arms, and joints in a gentle way. Also, it’s a great way to socialize as you can meet interesting people in these classes, yet there’s no pressure for you to make small talk; you can just enjoy a few blissful moments of silence. Besides, pottery is very useful if you are any good at it; you can create various objects for your home and for your loved ones.

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      6. Dancing

      Active retired people having fun, happy old man and woman dancing latin american dance in patio

        You’re never too old for a good dance. You’ll have a lot of fun and I’m sure it will remind you of your vibrant and colorful twenties. So, sign up for a class you find suitable and I’m sure you’ll share some laughs.

        7. Restoring Furniture

        If carpentry is among your areas of expertise, I think it’s time to invest your time into this fulfilling hobby. My suggestion is to start learning about it by restoring pieces of furniture around the house and then move on to more difficult projects. Take your time, work at your own pace, and I’m sure you’ll be able to earn some money along the way.

        8. Animal Care

        Taking care of any kind of animal will fulfill you and make you feel loved and needed. Pets do provide a source of unconditional love and you can have a lot of fun with them. If you’re up for something a bit more exciting, you should go with an exotic animal. You’ll be eager to learn about it and it’s a great conversation starter.

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        9. Travel

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          Getting to know other cultures and learning about ways of foreign nations is a type of soul food that can’t be replaced with watching documentaries and reading. It’s not even close. Money shouldn’t be a concern if you plan everything in advance and do some serious research. You will be able to create travel arrangements that fit your budget and your preferences.

          10. Volunteering

          Fighting for an important cause is a powerful source of inspiration and your retirement is a great time to give something back to the world. I’m sure you’ll be able to find an organization that’s in need of assistance in no time. Volunteers are always needed, so go out there and make our world a better place!
          I’m sure you’d enjoy several of these options, but it’s up to you and your areas of interest to make the final decision. Have in mind that none of these are obligatory, so you can be preoccupied with one hobby until you get saturated and then move on to the next one.

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          Last Updated on September 20, 2018

          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

          Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

          If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

          1. Breathe

          The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

          • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
          • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
          • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

          Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

          2. Loosen up

          After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

          Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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          3. Chew slowly

          Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

          Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

          Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

          4. Let go

          Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

          The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

          It’s not. Promise.

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          Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

          Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

          21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

          5. Enjoy the journey

          Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

          Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

          6. Look at the big picture

          The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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          Will this matter to me…

          • Next week?
          • Next month?
          • Next year?
          • In 10 years?

          Hint: No, it won’t.

          I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

          Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

          7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

          You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

          Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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          8. Practice patience every day

          Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

          • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
          • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
          • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

          Final thoughts

          Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

          Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

          Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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