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Most of us are used to staying busy our entire life. Time passes easily and happily while being engaged in work or other activities. As we age, many of us come across a number of barriers that may prevent us from performing some of those activities, which could result in frustration and feeling useless.

According to research, one of the best ways to keep an aging brain sharp is to stay busy. It is normal to develop boredom, especially after retirement. However, being physically and mentally stimulated can help maintain a healthy lifestyle while keeping mental health disorders at bay.

Here’s a list of 8 least stressful jobs to keep busy after retirement that can provide the required stimulation to enjoy a happy, healthy and fulfilling life:

1. Librarian
Libraries provide a safe, comfortable, cozy and inviting environment. It is one of the best places to feel engaged and connected while being mentally stimulated. Get access to reading material in all fields and spend hours in a library without feeling stressed out.

2. Receptionist
Being a receptionist could be the best way to socialize with people since it’s the first point of contact while visiting an office or store. Meeting different kinds of people and engaging in small talk can help to feel positive and confident. This role involves a certain level of organizing and management which improves concentration and focus while being totally stress free.

3. Gardener
Physical exercise is equally important along with mental stimulation and gardening is a great way to get those muscles working without causing excessive strain. This job requires being outdoors among flowers, birds and other people which can be quite social and create feelings of happiness, calmness and relaxation.

4. Tutor
We older adults have a lot of knowledge and experience from our working years. Using it even after retirement in the form of a tutor can lead to feeling proud, confident and happy about imparting it to others. It will give us a sense of purpose and invoke a feeling of responsibility within us.

5. Nanny
Being a nanny is more than just a job. It is an opportunity to make a difference in the world. Taking care of a child can make us feel positive, alive, resourceful and important. Spending time with young children could help us feel younger and happier too.

6. Dog Sitter/ Walker
Being around a furry four-legged friend can bring a smile to anyone’s face. Being a dog sitter and walker could be the most convenient and enjoyable job for us. The companionship of a pet could instantly take away our stress and brighten our mood.

7. Food Delivery Driver 
The biggest advantage about this job is that there is no fixed schedule. Be it any time or day, we could just hop into our car, put on some music and start getting delivery orders.

8. Blogger
Blogging in an excellent way for us to express our thoughts and ideas. It helps to stay connected with the outside world and prevents feelings of loneliness and social isolation. We could increase our knowledge by reading other blogs which would inspire and motivate us to write better or explore more topics.

As we age, one of the questions that we should be asking ourselves is, “What are my plans after retirement?” Not knowing the answer to that could increase our stress and make us feel unmotivated. But that could be avoided if we take up jobs that are not only fun but also help keep us mentally and physically healthy.

Staying busy in our golden years could help us deal with depression, anxiety, dementia and other mental health problems while making some extra money.

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