Top Tips For A Happier Outlook in Later Life

By on August 14, 2018

Throughout life, priorities change and what may have been important back in your younger years is possibly a figment of your imagination now. As you mature, not only do these areas of your life start to change but also some aspects might become less significant than others as you make bolder and more individual choices based on the future you want. If you’ve had a family and they are now grown, you may also want to be slightly more selfish than you were in previous years. Not that selfishness has to be a negative thing; it just means that you can focus on your wants and needs rather than that solely of your children. 

If you’re at the stage in your life where you are looking to make some changes for a better outlook, take a look at these top tips to make your later life more enjoyable. 

Look after yourself

If you’ve spent the last few decades looking after others, it could be time to take a step back and concentrate on your health and wellbeing. By doing this, when it comes to helping others out in the future, you will actually be in a better physical and mental state to assist them. You could take up a new hobby or meet up with friends more often, and just relax and let your hair down; after all, you probably deserve it. 

Making hard decisions

As people change, so do relationships. You may have recently separated from a partner or are taking steps to divorce someone that you may have been in a long relationship with, and this aspect of your life is never going to be easy. The life that you built with that person is full of memories (of course some are not all good) but alas there will be a lot of areas to sort out including finances. Deciding the division of assets in divorce can be stressful but trying to work through these issues amicably can help to build a better outlook for your future. 

Set boundaries

Most people love helping out family and friends but making some firm boundaries will ensure your kindness isn’t taken advantage of. It can be easy to say yes to everyone, but this will leave a little downtime for you to enjoy your own pursuits and happiness. Explaining to family members that you cannot consistently be at the end of the phone, or drop everything at the last minute to help will ensure everyone understands that you have your own schedule and commitments to take care of. 

Slow down working life

More people in their later life are choosing to work, but if you can afford to slow down the pace a little, why not consider going part-time to make more time for rest and spending time doing the things you love? Sometimes it can be challenging to juggle money and lifestyle in later life but if you have the option of winding down, why not take up voluntary pursuits to keep your skills up to date and meet new and exciting people. 

 

Maggie Hammond is a retired nurse and freelance writer, exploring and writing in the U.S. in retirement.

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Top Tips For A Happier Outlook in Later Life