On the face of it, it seems almost unbelievable. However, when you
dive into the topic and realize that this is a period where people’s lives are
turning on their head, all starts to become clear. After all, this is probably
the first time in their relationship in which they have to spend full days with
If you are about to face a similar period in your life, it’s time to
read on. While we don’t hold all the answers, today’s article will look at some
ways in which you can preserve your relationship as you enter those retirement
Understand your finances
If we were to tap into another scary statistic, it would surround the number of marriages
ending due to finances. Again, this is a
period of transition. Up until now, you will have probably each had your own
salary. Now, things have turned on their head, and you may have to make cuts
together and also understand each other’s spending habits.
There is also a wave of potential new costs to take into account.
These range from helping out the kids, right the way to finding money to
pay for funerals. It all adds up and can add strain onto a
Identify the things you like to do as a couple
Up until now, you only had a limited amount of time to
“enjoy” together. Sure, you will have had the odd vacation spread
through the year, but in general, your schedule was dictated by work, and this
meant there were limited hours to enjoy activities
Well, this is changing. For some couples, this can be dangerous
territory. They are left with the prospect of sharing whole days, weeks, months
and years with someone who they only had limited exposure to in the past. This
might sound like quite a harsh way to describe the situation, but it is
something that you need to take into account. Find out what you both like doing
together, if you don’t already, and plan these activities in on a regular
basis. This will be easier for some couples than it is for others.
Appreciate each other’s schedule
Following on from the above, there can be a limit when it comes to
spending time together. This isn’t the time where you jump completely into each
other’s pockets – this is also a dangerous move.
As well as spending time together, you need to understand how to spend time
apart. Appreciate each other’s schedule, and how they have other activities
and pastimes that might not always include you. Having this independence is
crucial to a successful relationship and can help you migrate to retirement
much more easily. It is time to be enjoyed and being mindful of each other will
help you to make it work.