The authors of this blog I happened upon recently explain it perfectly!

“Retirement is supposed to be the best time of your life, right? No one retires and expects to be bored to death. That isn’t what you signed up for.

When retired and bored, the best way to revitalize is by trying new things and engaging with others. These can include physical activities, social events, learning new skills and giving back to others.”

The keys are trying new things (and not being concerned about failing or being the best at them) and engaging with others (by developing current and new relationships).

Their ultimate guide of things to do when retired and bored takes a unique approach to breaking the cycle of monotony. Instead of trying to create an exhaustive list activities, the article attempts to understand the root cause.

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