If you just entered retirement, you might feel happy, excited and even a bit confused about what to do. After all, you spend a majority of your adult life working, so when you no longer need to clock in, you might feel a little lost. Read on to learn some of the best ways to make the most out of our retirement.

Embrace the Future

You’ve worked hard, so now’s the time to enjoy everything life has to offer. In addition to living in the moment, you also need to think about your future. Thanks to preventive care and living a healthier lifestyle, people are living longer than ever before. Think about where you want to be in 10 years. A lot of retirees move overseas to live a care-free lifestyle. If this is your goal, think about how you want to live your life in that location and what you need to do now to make that happen.

Have a Financial Plan

Just like when you were younger, you need a financial plan when you retire. As you get older, your needs and wants change. This means prioritizing for this stage of your life. Unless you were a savvy saver and stockpiled money since you started working, you probably have a set amount of money you dedicate to living expenses and entertainment. Now that you’re not working, you need to create a financial plan that allows you to live well without overspending.

If you plan on using your pension payments to cover your living expenses, you need to think about the extras. These extras can include credit card debt, medical expenses and even travelling. If you’re looking for ways to free up funds, you should also consider selling your life insurance policy for a lump sum. For people on a tight budget, doing so will eliminate costly premiums and give you more money to work with on a monthly basis.

Take Care of Your Health

Even people suffering from chronic medical problems can live full and active lives. In addition to seeing your doctor regularly, you also need to stay active. From both a physical and emotional standpoint, people who stay active and practice ongoing self-care not only makes you happier overall, but also live a more fulfilling life.

You should also look into ways you can help others in retirement. It’s not uncommon for people to lose contact with friends from work, only to become couch potatoes without much socialization. You can volunteer your time with other seniors who might need a kind word or helping hand.

Have a Routine

Once retired, it’s still important to create a routine. While you were working, you probably woke up at the same time, worked out and carved out time for friends and family. Now that you do as you please, you still need to create a routine that maintains some type of structure. This should include waking up at the same time each day, exercising and penciling in time for your hobbies. Since a lot of retirees still work a part-time job, make sure you choose one that you’ll enjoy doing.