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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 January 17, 2019

          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

          Listen carefully:

          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

          1. Pray Daily

          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

          3. Smile Often

          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

          4. Organize Your Working Desk

          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

          How do you do that? This is my formula:

          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

          8. Go Exercise

          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

          The Bottom Line

          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

          More Resources About Mindfulness

          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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