According to a survey from United Health Group, 75 percent of people who volunteered in the last 12 months said that volunteering made them feel healthier. Even better, 94 percent surveyed said it improved their mood. (Read this article for more impressive stats.) If you want your retirement days to be happy and healthy, then make volunteering part of your plans. You can also set up a philanthropic fund and manage it as a way to give back to the community.
2. Physical Health
All those years of late nights and fast-food lunches can have a major impact on your health. So why not make getting in shape a full-time gig?
3. Intellectual Stimulation
We often take it for granted, but being a business owner requires a tremendous amount of ongoing education and problem solving. So why stop there? Why not pursue your love of knowledge and seek intellectual stimulation by taking additional classes and workshops.
4. Recreational – Creative
Along the lines of what we’ve mentioned earlier, there are a ton of recreational activities to pursue. Have you ever biked across Europe? Now is the time. You can also boost your creativity by taking lessons in art, music, writing, dance. Stimulate your creative side.
5. Activities with Spouse
The business world is littered with divorces from executives more in love with their business than their spouse. This is a great opportunity for you to rekindle those passions of old, and also spend some time sharing a favorite activity.
6. Activities with Family
Many retirees will attend a grandchild’s athletic event or concert. That’s great stuff, but can you fit yourself into their lives a little bit more? How about volunteering to help with their athletic club?
What do you do with your house or condo? Do you downsize? Rightsize? Move to a warmer climate or adjust your residence expenses based on your cost of living? Often times these tough questions prove too daunting, and business owners get stuck.
8. Social Connections
Social connections help us physically and mentally in many ways. For business executives, these relationships can fall by the wayside as we become engulfed in our daily work.
9. Spirituality / Faith
Are you a spiritual person? Are there things you want to do to enhance your faith? I’ve made several trips to the Vatican myself, and felt enormous uplift as a result. At this point in your life, this may be an area in which you focus. It can yield enormous benefits.
10. Income-Producing Work
What could be more invigorating and energizing than starting a new career? Being an entrepreneur is in your blood, so don’t fight it.
Your current career might be great, but there’s no reason why you can’t make your new life even better. Get started now and you’ll make the inevitable transition of your business smoother and more enjoyable.