You want something to do when you retire, and a second career might not be the answer for you, but there are other paths to keep you mentally sharp and physically healthy at the same time. One of them is blogging.
It may seem complex at first, but it really isn’t. With a number of companies, you can choose and purchase your domain name and set up hosting within minutes. Choosing and design template and setting up your website won’t take much longer, and you will be blogging in no time.
How does retirement blogging help keep you mentally and physically fit? Here are a few ways.
Connect with Others
One of the keys to good mental health is to stay socially connected with others. When you are working, this is often a part of your daily routine with coworkers, but retirement also sometimes comes with loneliness especially if your friends are still working. You need to find another community, another group of friends who share your interests.
A blog is a great way to do that. A blog is not just like a megaphone for you to speak, but combined with social media can be a great way to start a conversation and connect with other like-minded individuals.
Learn Something New
Want to keep your brain healthy? Keep learning. The challenges of a job and learning new advances may have kept you learning, but now that you are retired, learning is not a requirement. Make it a pleasure instead.
Your blog will need more topics, and you can find them by doing research and writing about something that might not have been familiar to you before. This is a great way to not only keep your blog fresh and those who have connected with you engaged, but also a great excuse for you to learn something new.
Also, photos and video will play a big role on your site, and you will need to learn to take better photos, shoot better video, and post them online, all of which might be new skills for you.
Keep Your Brain Active
Expressive writing is cathartic and relaxing, but the act of writing, editing, and keeping a blog going will take some brain power. This is a good way to exercise your mind, solve problems, and keep you thinking skills sharp.
You can write about just about anything, from fitness to RVs, travel to the outdoors. The subject of your blog does not matter as much as how often you post and the effort you put into it. Keeping your brain active helps prevent dementia and helps you stay more physically active too.
Work it Out
One of the things you can write about and do to keep your brain and body more active is to work out. Developing a regular exercise routine not only gives you something to write about, but physical activity stimulates your brain too. The two things go together, and if you can combine your mental and physical exercise, that is even better.
Even when you are writing, you can stand, exercise in your chair, or just get up and walk around whenever you take a break. Your body will thank you, and you will stay physically sharp while still keeping your brain working well.
Challenge Yourself and Others
The point of a blog is not only to challenge yourself, but challenge others as well. This means mentally and physically. Keep others on their toes by posting open ended questions or things that inspire discussion and people being engaged in what you are writing about.
At the same time, challenge others to not only stay tuned to your blogs, but stay physically active as well, making movement a part of the community and connections you create.
In retirement, blogging can be a great outlet, and one of the things that brings you real pleasure, Give it a try and see what it does for your physical and mental health.