Why Seniors Need Hobbies

You’ve worked hard to reach retirement; now, it’s time to enjoy the benefits. What better way to fill those formerly nine-to-five hours than to spend time doing things that are less about being productive and more about pleasure. If you need some reasons to take up a hobby, Duvall Dental Center has got you covered. Keep on reading to find out why retirement hobbies are vital for seniors.

1. Keep old age at bay.

Few things make you feel older than you really are than not having a sense of purpose. For almost four or five decades, you’ve woken up most mornings, got in your car, and drove off to work, a place where your presence was not only noticed but valued. You kept on smiling through the late nights, the numerous out-of-town trips, and the missed little league games and ballet recitals. Then, out of nowhere (or so it seems), you now have more time on your hands and very little to do with it. It’s easy to start questioning whether your skills were truly invaluable. Even with the bright, beautiful smile you got from Duvall Dental Center, every day, it gets harder and harder to lift the corners of your mouth and show off your gorgeous teeth.

Whether your retirement hobby involves restoring classic cars or crocheting, having an activity that you truly enjoy can help ease the transition into retirement and keep old age at bay. Taking part in something that’s only for you and your happiness may put the spring back in your step and (hopefully) restore your sense of purpose.

2. Use your wisdom and skills for something you’ve “always wanted to do.”

As George Bernard Shaw put it, “Youth is wasted on the young.” But old age is never wasted on retirees. As you grow older, you gain enough wisdom to understand that happiness is always within your reach. You just have to make the best of every moment, in the moment. It falls on you to make your golden years as — ahem — golden as you can.

In our early adult years, it’s sometimes tough to try new things, what with raising a family, taking night classes, and the extra hours at work you take on to advance in your career. Now, you have plenty of time on your hands to do the things you love. Would Tiger Woods weep if he ever saw your golf swing in your younger years? Or do you secretly believe you could be the next Mozart of our time if only you practiced more? Great! That’s what all the preparation for retirement was for, and now, you have the financial stability and time to try new things until you find something that sets your heart on fire once more.

3. Or learn something new!

Not only will hobbies help you maintain your mental and physical well-being, but you’ll also get the chance to learn something new. Human beings are always looking for the next challenge, and tackling new activities can help you find one. Particularly if you’re feeling bored or stagnant in your routine, identifying tasks you enjoy that spark a smile can help get you out of your comfort zone. So, why not try horseback riding, zip-lining, or white water rafting? Heck, it doesn’t even have to be a physically demanding hobby. Mentally stimulating activities, like crossword puzzles or chess tournaments, are also great ways to boost your endorphins.

4. Get some stress relief.

Who said stress ends once you hang up your hat? Hobbies are a healthy and productive way for seniors to distract themselves from the worries of everyday life. To keep your blood pressure down, take part in activities that bring you joy. Do you have a sweet tooth? Learn to make mouth-watering baked goods. Enjoy solitude and silence? Consider going on a fishing trip or trying your hand at gardening and bird-watching. The goal here is to identify the things you look forward to and tie them to an activity, shifting your mind’s focus from your troubles to the pleasurable task at hand.

5. Hobbies promote healthy living.

Hobbies are nice to have at any age, but when you’re older, taking part in activities you love also comes with great health benefits. Whether it’s strumming a guitar or giving old knick-knacks a makeover, simply participating in such tasks on a regular basis can give your immune system a much-needed boost. To be clear, becoming more active is great for everyone, but if you find yourself constantly battling a cold or suffering from a reduced range of motion, a hobby may just be what you need to restore your health to its former glory, even just a little.

Duvall Dental Center can maintain the health of your smile.

Do you enjoy your weekly bridge games or your daily walks down the street while capturing moments with a camera? Hobbies can help ease you into retirement and make you feel young again. If missing teeth, a receding gum line, or any oral issues make it harder for you to enjoy smiling as you take part in your favorite activities, Duvall Dental Center can help fix it. We provide virtual consults to allow you to share any concerns or desires you have regarding your smile. You can also fill out our online form to request an in-person visit at our office. Dr. Tyler and his team enjoy helping retirees maintain the health of their smile.