Retirement is the dream. All our working lives, we fantasize about the days our dues are done, and we can get round to the things we always wanted to do. There’s no denying that retirement is all it promises to be. But, it’s a different way of life. As such, it takes some getting used to. Never is that truer than during your mornings. All your life, you’ve set your alarm because you had to be at work for a particular time. Suddenly, that doesn’t apply. So, what adjustments do you need to make to ensure retired mornings work for you?
SET YOUR ALARM...STILL
Yes, you’ve been doing it all your life. Surely now is the time you can kick back and kiss goodbye to that neverending wake-up call? We’re afraid not. It’s still important to set your alarm. If it helps, choose a different tone. That way, there’s less chance of you jumping up and thinking it’s work time again. Opt for something relaxing. Natural sounds are always good for this. How about a little bird call? However you do it, make sure you still wake up early. Not having a job doesn’t mean you have time to lay in bed all day. And, lying in will leave you less productive when you do wake up. Not to mention that it will leave you feeling confused for the day if it’s not what you’re used to.
As you’re still waking up early, a coffee can’t hurt. Chances are, this is a habit you got into when you were working. Don’t deprive yourself of that blissful morning cup. Experiment with a new option, like this middle eastern coffee. That way, the smell won’t bring back any memories. This will ensure you’re fresh and ready to face the day. If you can, cut down to one morning cup a day. That way, you still get to appreciate that thing you love, without overdoing it. You don’t need to boost your productivity at work anymore, after all.
It’s also important to eat the right thing for breakfast. Bear in mind that your needs for the day ahead have changed. The breakfast that’s served you well for decades may not suit your needs anymore. What’s best depends on what you have planned for the day ahead. If you have a day with the grandchildren, you need energy. Opt for a slow burning cereal, like oatmeal. If you have an easier day ahead, you may be best off eating fruit, instead. It’s also important to think about healthy options. You aren’t getting any younger!
WRITE A TO-DO LIST
While you drink your coffee, it’s worth writing a to-do list for the day. This will ensure you know what you have to do each day. It’ll help you keep some sense of stability, which is important. We all need routine, after all! Think about whether you have any home repairs, or visits to make. Then, write it all on the list!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.