Filling Your Retirement Free Time with Fun New Skills

 

Learn These Life-Enhancing List Skills Online

 

When you are punching in from nine to five, you yearn for free time. But then by the time retirement rolls around, you’re so used to adhering to a strict schedule, seeing your day ahead of you so wide open can make you ask yourself “OK… now what?”

 

The answer to that question is a resounding “Whatever you want!” However, if what you want is to sit around and watch cable news all day, maybe you should reconsider.

 

The secret to filling your free time in retirement is to do the things that help stimulate your mind while also being fun. It’s important to continue learning in later life to help improve cognitive function and keep your brain sharp. To make it easier–and affordable on a fixed budget– look for activities and lessons you can do for a minimal fee– or even free!– online.

 

Here are some great ideas to help inspire you to fill your free time while sharpening your mind and tapping into your natural creativity.

 

Plant a new garden

 

During the spring and summer months, it’s hard to resist the urge to go outside to get a few minutes of sunshine. While you bask in the sun, you can consider learning how to enhance to look of your home’s exterior with beautiful landscaping. Planting a floral or vegetable garden easy to learn and satisfying as you gather the right tools to improve the health of your soil. Over time, your garden will flourish and become a conversation piece with your neighbors and other passersby.

 

Improve Your Skills in the Kitchen

 

When it comes to culinary skills, there is always more to learn.

 

Learning how to cook has so many benefits. You get to know exactly what’s going in your food which is especially helpful for retirees with restricted diets that help manage medical conditions. It saves you money and cuts down on the amount of calories, fat, salt, and artificial ingredients you consume. It’s also a great way to express your affection and friendship– nothing says “I love you” quite like a homemade meal.

 

There are so many new skills and techniques you can pick on with online cooking lessons:

 

  • Make a roux
  • Sous vide
  • French cut (or julienne) produce
  • Bake a tiered cake
  • Brown butter
  • And more!

 

Learn to Play an Instrument

 

Maybe you played a bit when you were younger but could use a refresher course to get back in the swing of things. Or maybe you want to try to play an instrument you always wanted to learn and you just now have time for it. Whatever your experience, there are online music lessons out there ready for you.

 

Playing an instrument in your senior years does so much more than fill your home with music. It gives your mind a workout and helps improve mental health as you build self-esteem. Playing music makes you more social and helps facilitate new relationships. Plus, it’s a great form of self-expression as you choose an instrument that you want to learn. Playing a woodwind instrument has the added benefits of strengthened breathing and improved posture. Check online for affordable woodwind options.

 

Turn Your Free Time into a Work of Art

 

If learning how to paint in retirement is good enough for ex-presidents, it’s certainly good enough for you! Art is a perfect activity to pursue in retirement because you don’t have to be rushed and you can do it anywhere– whether traveling abroad or simply sketching in the comfort of your own home.

 

You can pick your favorite medium or try something out new altogether. Taking art lessons online helps you gain some basic skills that you can then carry over into your own original works. Your friends and family will be dazzled by the masterpieces you create.

 

When you finally enter retirement, your days are full of free time. Don’t spend your golden years wasting away in front of the television. Instead, pick up new skills and learn something in order to keep your brain sharp. Cooking lessons are a great way to eat healthier and teach you to make dishes your friends and family will love. Learning an instrument fills your home with music while improving your mental health. Finally, art lessons are perfect for seniors as you can go at your own pace while expressing yourself creatively.

 

Julie Morris, is a Life and Career Coach, and a guest blogger. Her E-mail is: at julie_morris@juliemorris.org and website: juliemorris.org

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