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Looking forward to retirement? Here’s how to prepare for life after work

Most healthy pensioners these days live full and varied lives

Unless you are one of the very lucky minority who absolutely adore what they do for a living, there is no doubt that you will have spent at least one Monday morning commute fantasising about the day when you can pack in the rat race and swan off to the sunny horizons of retirement. Here we look at some of the things you can do to make certain you really enjoy yourself and live life to the fullest when this day comes.

Most healthy pensioners these days live full and varied lives. There are many clubs and groups aimed at this demographic of the population – with more time on their hands, those who have finally stopped working and called time on their careers appear busier than ever before.

To make sure this is the case for you, it is a good idea to do a little prep before you reach the ‘third age’ to ensure you are aware of what lies in store. You can do this by spending time with elderly people, helping them to run errands or even volunteering for a ‘befriending charity’ such as Friends of the Elderly or Age UK. This is a great way to see first-hand what life as a retiree is really like.

When you have recovered from that last-ever leaving do and have bid your final farewell to your erstwhile colleagues, remember that all the confidence you have built up over your years of experience in the workplace can now be put to good use.

According to Virginia Ironside in her Guardian newspaper column, a style makeover complete with a new haircut and colour will be sure to make you stand out amongst other less stylish retirees, and don’t forget your wardrobe. Just because you have quit the rat race, you should not resign yourself to jogging bottoms and formless, dull clothes. Remember that you are no longer confined to the monotonous workplace and now is the time to really show your personal style!

Finally, get yourself out and about. Explore far-flung parts of the country with your hard-earned freedom pass or senior railcard. Visit all those National Trust properties you never had the time to get to while you were working – you could even take part on one of the many volunteering opportunities geared towards older people.

If funds permit, go even further – there are new countries to explore and new cultures to absorb. You have served your time in the world of the working masses, paid your taxes and the world is now yours for the taking!

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