Rebuilding Relationships after the Work Years

When you start your career, you typically start forming relationships with the people that you work with. There are some cases where you might not be able to keep up with the same relationships after you’ve retired. Either that, or you’ll have to invest extra effort in order to make sure that you can maintain your friendships since you’re no longer seeing these people every single day. Rebuilding relationships is often one of the most difficult parts of entering retirement. I’ve counseled a lot of families and couples who just aren’t sure what to do when it comes to relationships after they retire. It’s always a similar story.


What happens when you stop working? Your entire life changes, including the people that you see every day and the things that you do. The beginning of this process is mostly about reinventing yourself, which often includes rebuilding or creating new relationships. Fortunately, if you’re here, you’re already on the track to success because you’re getting insight on what to do from here. It can be hard, but you need to make the extra effort to keep the relationships you do have and find new ones that fit your new life.


The workplace is generally where people end up making most of their connections in life. Therefore, retirement is often the end of those relationships for a lot of people. If you do need new friends and social circles, there are places to find them. Check out local groups, different activities that you enjoy, and other resources so that you can find people who share common interests with you. With so much more free time, you really need to find ways to spend it. Having social networks and relationships is what will often make the difference in how much enjoyment you get from your retirement. It takes a little effort, but it’s well worth the investment.