Top 10 reasons people get bored with retirement

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Boredom kicks in after just 10 months of retirement, according to Skipton Building Society research.

More than half of those surveyed (54%) said the retirement glow wore off because they missed the camaraderie they had at work, while four in 10 felt they weren't being mentally stimulated enough at home.

More than a third admitted their days had become repetitive and 20% felt completely redundant.

A further 19% said daytime television is awful, and 24% complained the great British weather puts a stop to them getting out and about.

Meanwhile, 14% felt taken for granted a little by their families, who expected them to happily become babysitters to their grandchildren.

Lack of disposable income – 31% struggled to cope without their monthly wage packet – irritating partners putting on weight due to inactivity were other reasons cited for disillusionment with retirement.  

However, there were many people enjoying advantages to retirement. During the first few weeks of retirement a third of people went on holiday and 23% took time out to get the house sorted by having a big clear out.

Buying a new car, taking up a new hobby and spending more time with friends and family were all listed as benefits of retirement.

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Stacey Stothard, spokesperson for Skipton Building Society, said: "Despite anticipating retirement for a greater part of their working life, our study shows that many people struggle to adjust to a new existence that's free of structure. Some feel unproductive or that they're wasting their accumulated career knowledge. Ten months in and many feel their retirement isn't as good as they thought it would be."

So what makes the transition easier?

The Skipton survey found that two thirds of retirees said having plenty of money makes life less troublesome, while 84% said good health counts for a lot. Living near friends and having plenty of hobbies were said to help too.

Stothard added: "People retire from work, not life. And while the fresh novelty of being newly retired may fade, many retirees have found that by challenging themselves, finding new forms of enjoyment, learning new things, and having ambitions, can all help ensure you're as busy and stimulated in retirement as you were in work."

Top reasons retirees get disillusioned

1. I missed the camaraderie I had at work
2. The novelty of not working wore off
3. I was bored
4. My mind wasn't being pushed
5. I didn't have as much disposable income as I thought
6. The glow just wears off because you get used to it
7. When everyday ended being the same as the day before
8. I didn't have many friends who had retired
9. The nice weather ended and I had t spend more time indoors
10. I was lonely

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Interesting. I have been retired 8 years (gosh where does the time go?)
1 Glad to get rid of it.
2 Too glad to see the back of the job to regret not doing it!
3 Lots of things I wanted to do. had to cut them due to lack of time!
4 That is yoru fault!
5 I feared that but despite losing tax relief., i can manage.
6 Yes, and isn't it great?
7 Mine aren't because I have so much on!
8 So make new ones who ahve retired.
9 I was lucky, retired in teh autumn so by the time spring arrived, I was well settled.
10 Never understood the concept. Go out and volunteer. A lot of organsiations are suffering from lack of people to take responsibilty.
Or to put it another way, retirment is not the ebginning of the en d, it is the beginning of doing what you wanjt, when you want to.

I fully agree with Stacey Sothard of the Skipton Bs 'People retire from work not life' I have been retired some 20yrs and still not bored. I still have many contacts with people I worked with all them years ago and we meet up and have a good chat about the good old days.
Plan your retirement, list jobs you will have time for.Plan that holiday you and the family always wanted. Join the many social, sporting,community activities in you area.
Do some voluntay work , join a charity organisation. Use the skills of your past employement. I can guarantee you will not be bored!!
Signing off, must catch up all my emails!!

Glory be...bored, I haven't got time. So many people have said they don't know how they found the time to work, and I am just the same. My husband really worried that I would miss my job as a GP too much and feel I had to do some work of a medical nature. However it hasn't been like that at all. I just love not having the responsibility for all those people and though I loved the job and would do it all again if I had my time again, just to go and do what we want, when we want is brilliant. The only problem is that I now have to do some of the cooking, whereas when I worked, my husband did it all, and he is a much better cook that I am!

I have been retired 23 years and it was the best thing I have ever done. I sit  on numerous boards and have had to drop off two others due to the lack of time.
My answer to bored pensioners "Get off your backside and get out there and help people worse off than you".