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What is the secret to a happy retirement ? 8 tips for creating well-being

Retirement is a defining point in everyone’s life and while it often comes with increased free time and fewer responsibilities, it also may come with less financial resources and less social involvement. This change can cause conflicts with our identity and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.
If you’re in the early stages of retirement and feel like you can’t find your place yet, don’t panic, you’re not alone! Lots of us have a hard time adjusting to a different pace of life, which is why we’ve put some tips together to help.

1. Be aware of the emotional journey

The freedom in early retirement can feel like a holiday that lasts forever. However, this wears off over time and is followed by a slower lifestyle that can feel boring and lead to frustration. Boredom can make us lean into guilty pleasures and over indulging – be aware of these heightened emotions you feel and look at how they might be affecting your actions. Try to talk about your feelings with others. Chatting with people who have gone through the same motions might help to give you perspective.

2. Start a hobby or voluntary role that gives your purpose

Learning, creating and helping others gives a give meaning to life and can strengthen our relationship with others and our environment.

3. Organise your everyday life

Daily routines change completely after retirement, you can sleep in and take time to cook breakfast in the morning without rushing and binge on your favourite TV show. If you miss having a routine try experimenting with a weekly or monthly schedule with multiple activities. It is also worth developing a regular sleeping pattern because it has a good effect on both our body and mind.

4. Set goals

Prior to retirement a lot of our goals were focused on our careers but no-one said that you can’t have equally valuable goals in retirement. Goals with personal value that help improve well-being and allow us to learn are just as important. For example, read the 5 books you’ve been eyeing on the shelf for years or travel to a place you’ve never been to before.

5. Cherish your relationships

It is important to be part of a community of like-minded people. This can be a group of people who share the same faith, enjoy the same sport or even a group of friends who you just enjoy spending time with. In retirement, there is a significant risk of social isolation so it’s important to be part of a group who can encourage you to make positive life choices. Likewise, our family might benefit from our support if they need our help.

6. Rethink your spending

Even if you have been savings for retirement, you may still need to rethink your monthly expenses. Luckily there are lots of way to save money when you are over 60, such as price reductions on transport and VAT on certain items. Look around for good deals on necessary expenses like car insurance, internet and energy providers.

7. Exercise your mind

There are plenty of opportunities to work your mind on a daily basis and keep brain fog at bay. Find activities you enjoy doing, it could be crosswords, sodoku, reading, playing music or learning about a topic you’re interested in.

8. Connect with nature

Take time to enjoy being outdoors. You don’t have to go on long hikes, small walks in nature are just as good. If you live in a city, look for the nearest park or green area where you can connect with nature.

We experience changes in our social roles and lifestyles throughout our lives. Just like with other major changes in our lives before, it’s important to see the potential of this change and develop healthy habits in order to have a meaningful and happy life. By following these tips above we hope that you will follow the path to a happier retirement.

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Mrs Sprackling 19/06/21

I’m waiting for double hip replacement.
I have been struggling to access the in bath shower , in fact it has been torture!
Contacted UDoor and spoke to Fay who was extremely helpful and was offered a choice of appointments. Fay kept in touch throughout. A week later John came and fitted our door and a grab bar he arrived on time , he was very pleasant and respectful. The job he did was very neat and the bathroom was left in a spotless condition . I used the shower for the first time today and cannot express how easy it was and how safe I felt ! If every company was run like this one life would be much easier , cannot recommend highly enough .

Mrs. Gail Robertshaw 05/20/21

Today we have had our udoor fitted and I would like to say how pleased we are with the service
Louis was excellent got on with the job explained everything to us cleaned up after himself
I would certainly recommend the company
Once again thanks for good work

Mr Vibhaker Kishore Baxi 11/05/20

In our new build apartment we were stuck with a bathtub as it was already fitted to allow a change to accommodate the need for my 97 yr old mother. Alternatives required removing bathtub and replace it with a shower tray or a walk in bathtub. Both expensive options and risking voiding builder's warranty. Then I came upon the U-Door option and I must say it has worked out very well at a relatively less outrageous price. They have been proficient in follow up, their engineer seems very professional and finished the job without any fuss.

Terry Day 30/04/20

We had a udoor fitted in our bath. We were very pleased with the service provided the tradesman who fitted the door was very pleasant and professional we have used it for while now and very pleased with it my wife has been able to shower with no problems.

John Gray 30/04/20

First rate product & First rate service. For a person with mobility issues like myself it makes being able to shower easy again. Two options completely remodel the bathroom or fit a UDoor. No contest. Quality, Cost and speed of installation Would recommend to anyone.

Maureen Brett 08/11/19

Louis came last week and fitted our bathtub door He worked very effectively and left no mess. He was very friendly and polite and ran through the necessary forms explaining everything very clearly. He also demonstrated the workings of the door before input. I have to say it looks amazing and is brilliant in its effectiveness. I'm really pleased with it and it already makes my life so much easier. The company itself appears to be very professional and kept me updated on when they would attend and even rang me to see if I would like an earlier installation date following a cancellation as they were aware of my surgery date. Very impressed overall and would highly recommend. Many thanks

Geraldine Wall 17/10/19

A brilliant solution to mobility problems with bathing! Having a Udoor in my bath has given me easy access but kept all the usual shower/bath options for other users. The family firm was easy to contact, pleasant, friendly and efficient and Joseph who did the installation was courteous, kind and very professional. Much more affordable than replacing the bath with a shower, too. I would recommend this solution to mobility issues to anyone- it’s brilliant!

Kenneth Duckwort 26/06/19

This was a remarkable experience. Firstly, Fay was able to arrange the UDOOR installation on an exact date and kept me up to date on procedure. Secondly, Louis arrived on a chosen time and began work immediately and swiftly. I admired his application and the meticulous attention he gave to every aspect of the door installation and the care he gave to “ no mess, no fuss “ method of working. He is a very diligent and talented engineer. Thirdly, Iam extremely satisfied with the door and thank you on behalf of my wife, to whom the UDOOR will be a boon. Ken Duckworth. Rugby.

Ted 02/06/19

No Fear Bath Time My wife Susan had polio when she was a child and has a couple of tumbles getting in and out of the bath. Our experience of dealing with UDoor was first class. Fay was the point of contact and was great to deal with. Louis came to assess the bath and then came a couple of weeks later to fit the UDoor. We've been using the bath a few weeks now and Susan can face taking a bath without the fear of falling. Thanks UDoor.

Anne 09/04/19

The door is really high quality and the man who came and fitted it was really lovely. From start to finish they have been so friendly and professional. I still can't believe that it only took a few hours to do and now I won't ever get trapped in my bath again.