Even though a lot of people look forward to retirement, and work towards reaching it, it can be detrimental to your physical and mental well being. Keeping busy and remaining a contributing member of society is what can either make or break any retirees spirit.
In this article we’ll take a closer look at some of the benefits you can expect should you decide to continue working even after 50.
1 – Being a Valuable Member of Society
Whether you work for yourself and provide a service, or work for a large corporation, having a job gives us a purpose in life. Not only do we feel needed, but the act of adding value adds to our perception of our value. Retirement may cause anxiety if you do not keep yourself busy or completely retract from society. If you do not wish to continue working after retirement, think of other ways in which you can serve a purpose by doing something you enjoy.
2 – Continued Income
During our young adult lives earning an income and climbing the corporate ladder is what drives us. We need to pay bills, put food on the table, put the kids through school and so on. Once all of those goals are achieved and we reach retirement, our goals change. You might want to see the world, start a new hobby, or pursue a new venture. If, however you did not plan for your retirement and saved some money, you’ll need to put in some more hours to pursue those dreams.
3 – Provides a Structured Routine
Being a working member of society gives our lives structure. We have daily routines; eat breakfast, get to work, have lunch, go home and relax. Even mundane chores have a place in these routines and shape our lives in a very important way. Without structure or routine people tend to lose track of important things, their minds left to wander. If you decide you want to enjoy your retirement, be sure to include some structure and routine to your day-to-day activities and in doing so you’ll stay sharp.
4 – Being Part of Something
When we work we are involved with others and socialize on a daily basis. We not only need to interact efficiently, but we can do so without hesitation. Once we retire, we are less connected to others and communication skills may dwindle. If you continue to work, you won’t be at risk of becoming isolated. If, however you wish to retire, try to make and keep contact with acquaintances and friends and nurture these friendships.
Whether you continue to work after reaching a certain age or not, these benefits are essential to our daily lives. In keeping busy and involved, you will nurture your wellbeing and enjoy a richer and fulfilled retirement. Here’s an insightful article on how working into retirement age can benefit your health.