The relationships you have with the various parts of your life when coming into Retirement is just as important as your pension planning.
We have compiled them in the 3 parts or, as we have listed them, the 3 “Fs”. These 3 sections are aimed towards your own self-care in retirement. You need to take care of yourself before you can be expected to take care of anyone else!
“The best time to make friends is before you need them” (Ethel Barrymore, US Actress)
This is such an important element to have in your retirement. Having a strong and dependable circle of friends means that you can keep yourself socially busy and also have people to talk in the adjustment period between working and retirement. Having strong and vibrant relationships can greatly reduce feelings of stress and also lower your chances of developing mental health problems such as Anxiety.
No matter what age you are it is vitally important to think about what you are putting into your body.
As we age though our bodies require additional vitamins and minerals. Especially in Ireland Vitamin D is on the decrease due to the lack of long spells of sunshine. Foods high in Vitamin D are fatty fish like tuna and mackerel, beef liver, eggs and cheese.
Other vitamins that are important are as we age are Folic Acid, Calcium and B12.
Ensuring that you maintain a healthy and balanced diet helps your body bounce back from illnesses quicker and also supports longer energy levels.
Keeping active is essential as you get older. There are many ways that you can keep in shape that will not be too strenuous on your body. Walking is great, and it’s an idea to check your local community centre to see if there are walking clubs in your area.
Swimming and water aerobics are a fantastic to loosen stiff joints. A lot of fitness centres and public swimming pools offer these classes.
These are also great ways to meet new people who may also have started their retirement journey.