We look forward to retirement at the end of our career, happy about the thought of the next phase in our lives. We think the transition from set routines and busy work schedules will be an easy one, but retirement in itself can be stressful. Some couples who have grown accustomed to being together on an infrequent basis now find the togetherness retirement brings may cause unexpected stress.
Retirement represents a radical change in expectations and, at times, a complete role reversal. It becomes increasingly difficult when one partner retires before the other, resulting in possible anger and resentment.
These need to be resolved through amicable discussions and tolerance between them.
Although you now have the freedom, and perhaps the financial resources to enjoy yourself as you wish, retirement life will not be fulfilling if not carefully planned.
Retirement ought to be planned well in advance: discussing which activities to share, the travel and entertainment you both enjoy, and the individual interests you expect to pursue. Single people, approaching retirement, may also find themselves perplexed about what to do with so much free time. Think about the things you have always wanted to do, and enjoy the satisfaction of: occupying yourself with a hobby, spending more time with family and friends, coupled with part-time work. This is possible, given the leisurely schedule that only retirement allows. You should therefore reduce stress and plan to retire happily.