If you are retiring, you are probably looking forward to your retirement as your next big adventure with a long list of to-dos waiting for you. While it can be fun, retirement is a big change of pace – many people find that they can become lonely or feel like there is not enough for them to do. In one study, it was shown that older generations tend to feel more isolated and lonelier – especially once they have reached retirement.

For those who feel the need to reach out to find a new circle of friends who share their pace of life, here are some great tips to find friends within your community:

Join a Club
Find something that interests you, and join a group that shares similar interests. You will be able to bond easily with people who share your passions – plus you won’t be bored! Another great option is to try a new hobby – look into something interested that you have never tried, or just dive in head first to something completely unknown to you! This could give you a great opportunity to meet mentors and people who are passionate about sharing their interest with a newcomer.

Volunteer
Volunteering has a great, positive effect on both your community and yourself. Whether you are drawn to providing volunteer services to the hungry, children, or even your local animal shelter – volunteering will bring you into the social circle of people with similar ideals to yours, and it will help you feel great about your use of time!

Become a Mentor
Do you have a subject you are highly interested or educated in? Consider becoming a mentor for someone learning the subject. This can be anything from academics, to a sport! Plus, helping someone else to learn your subject helps keep you sharp as well as getting you out of the house.

When you retire it becomes increasingly important to be sure to actively participate in things outside of the home. Whether your interests lie in learning something new, or perfecting something you are already great at – expanding your social circle in these ways is great for both you and your community.