Does Retirement Affect Relationships?

Retirement is designed to give you a chance to relax after you’ve spent the better part of your life working. Of course, there are a lot of ups and downs to think about in this next phase of your life. Often, people are so excited about no longer having to work that they don’t take the time to think about the reality of what is happening in their life. Everything is going to change, and while that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, it’s still something that you need to be aware of.


When it comes to retirement, you have to think about everything. Your relationships are one area where things are going to change, whether you realize it or not. This doesn’t just mean your marriage, either. You will probably see changes in a lot of your relationships, including everything from your friends to your family members. There are a lot of debates going on about why things change and how they’re different, but really is an individual thing. Because our roles change as we retire, there are a lot of ways that others are affected.


One example from my own life that I can share is from when I first retired. My daughter and son both live nearby, and while I am always happy to spend time with my grandkids I had to explain to them that I wasn’t just an on-call babysitter so that they could do as they pleased. I had plans, a life to live, things to do. Retirement was my chance to finally get out and do things for myself and I had to take a moment to explain that to them in a way that they could understand.


Your relationships are going to change, hopefully for the better. Regardless, you need to know how to realize these changes and make sure that things are going the way that you intend them to. If you take an active role in managing your relationships after you retire, it will be much easier for you to make sure things are good and that if they’re not, you can address the situation immediately.