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4 Tips to Help Retirees Reignite Their Sense of Purpose

October 4, 2022 | Retirement Planning

As we age, it’s natural for our sense of purpose to change. For many people, retirement can be a time when they feel a bit lost, without the structure and routine of work.

However, it’s important to remember that retirement is a time to enjoy, and there are plenty of ways to find a new sense of purpose. Here are some tips to reignite your sense of purpose and make the best retirement plans!

Post-Work Tips for Retirees

1. Try Out New Things

Many retirees find themselves at a loss for what to do with their time once they stop working. It can be a difficult adjustment, especially if they enjoyed a busy and active lifestyle centred around work, before retirement. It’s important for retirees to find ways to stay active and engaged, and one way to do that is to try out new things.

There are many benefits to trying new things in retirement. It can help to reignite a sense of purpose and keep your mind active. Trying new things can also be a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

If you’re unsure where to start, plenty of resources are available to help you find new hobbies and activities. You can check out online directories, talk to friends and family, or even try something completely random. The important thing is to get out there and start exploring.

The Port Macquarie Local Event Guide provides a list of what is coming up in the area.1

2. Revisit Old Hobbies

For some people, revisiting old hobbies can be a great way to help reignite their sense of purpose. It can be a way to connect with old friends or make new ones. It can also be a way to explore a variety of interests and talents.

There are a few things to keep in mind when revisiting old hobbies.

First, it’s important to be realistic about what you can commit to. If you cannot commit to a regular schedule, that’s okay. It’s also important to be aware of your physical limitations. If you’re unable to do something as strenuously as you used to, that’s okay, too.

Second, it’s essential to set aside some time for your hobby. This can be difficult if you have other commitments, such as family or part-time work. However, it’s important to make time for things that are important to you.

Third, it’s important to be patient. It may take some time to get back into the swing of things. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t progress as quickly as you’d like. Just enjoy the process and the journey.

3. Get Involved in the Community

One great way to feel more purposeful in retirement is to get involved in your community. There are many ways to do this, whether volunteering at a local non-profit, joining a community group or even becoming more active in your neighbourhood.

Not only will you be helping others, but you’ll also be meeting new people and staying active—all of which can help improve your mental and physical health.

In fact, a July 2022 study of retirees found a massive 50% of respondents volunteered on a weekly basis.2

An organisation like GoVolunteerlaunch has general information, lists of organisations and volunteer opportunities, and helps you link up with other volunteers.3

4. Connect with Family and Friends

Whether it’s spending time with your grandchildren or getting together with old friends for coffee, social interaction can help retirees reignite their sense of purpose.

Retirement can be when you lose touch with loved ones, so try to stay in contact. Whether through phone calls, emails, or social media, staying connected with those you care about will help you maintain a sense of purpose.

Those who stay connected and social benefit in a myriad of ways including better cognitive function, improved emotional health, stronger immune system, better sleep and a generally happier life.4

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for”

-Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Retirees can follow these steps to help themselves find a purpose: staying active and social, pursuing interests and hobbies, and volunteering. While it may take some time to readjust to retirement, eventually, retirees can find a new sense of purpose that brings them joy and fulfilment.

If you need advice on financial planning for retirement, contact our experienced team at Coastal Advice Port Macquarie. Our advisers are experienced in working with our clients to ensure they are retirement ready and can focus on enjoying the wealth they have accumulated and the lifestyle they desire. Call us or book online to secure your complimentary consultation today!


  1. https://portmacquarieinfo.com.au/whats-on/events
  2. https://nationalseniors.com.au/uploads/NSA-2022-Volunteering-Report-final-July.pdf
  3. https://govolunteer.com.au/volunteering/in-new-south-wales-nsw
  4. https://www.connectability.org.au/live-your-best-life-with-social-and-community-interaction/