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The longer the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the more difficult it is to imagine a time when traditional retirement activities will return. But you may not have to rewrite your bucket list just yet. There are hopes of a coming vaccine, and there are plenty of social-distancing-friendly activities to pass the time while you plan for big adventures to come. 

Embrace Technology 

Social distancing precautions remain important for worldwide health and safety. Despite their importance though, many people are feeling restricted and cooped up because of them. To fight these feelings, you might consider scheduling routine calls or video chats with your loved ones. Several in-person social activities have successfully gone virtual as well. Have you considered hosting an online book club, weekly lunch or cocktail hour with friends?

And while traveling may be out of the question for the time being, many museums and attractions are offering online access to collections that were previously unavailable digitally. You could also prepare for future travels—when it’s safe to set sail again—by learning new languages through smartphone apps such as Rosetta Stone, Duolingo or Babbel.

Get Outdoors

Studies have shown that spending time in green spaces can help improve mental health. The best part is, you don’t have to go far to find a green space. If you have a garden or a balcony, you could grow herbs and vegetables, plant flowers or learn the art of bonsai. And if you don’t have access to green spaces at home, you can still go for walks at a nearby park or meet friends there for a bring-your-own-basket picnic.

Exercise is also important to keeping your mind, body and spirit in good shape. If you’ve been putting off working out, try starting simple with a walk around the neighborhood. Or go for a bike ride on a sunny day. Maintaining safe distances while exercising is still recommended, but try to avoid letting the new normal impact your health more than necessary. 

We of course wish you all a safe and enjoyable retirement. We at Open Mortgage are always here to discuss your home financing options if you ever decide to explore refinancing your home or a reverse mortgage to free up cash for retirement activities. Visit OpenMortgage.com today to learn all about our services and to start talking with home-financing professionals.

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