How do you feel about retiring? How to understand and make the most of change.
Retirement is an exciting time for most people - it's an opportunity to finally do all the things you wanted to do, but couldn't do before. But for many it's also a challenging time, as they (and those around them) adjust to their new lifestyle.
If you have a partner or family, have you considered that your retirement could affect them too? There are the obvious financial changes your retirement could make to the household, but there are also emotional aspects which you may also want to take into account.
A working partner
If your partner still has to get up and go to work every day, how are they going to feel if they're leaving you in bed? You may find your roles and responsibilities will have to change so you can take on more of the domestic responsibilities to make their life easier at home.
If your partner doesn't work
Your retirement could mean you spending more time with your partner. Whilst this may sound like a good idea, it could also lead to friction, especially if they're used to time without you and their own space. You may need to acknowledge and respect that they already have a routine for their daily activities. How you fit in with this is something you can discuss and develop over time. Agreeing boundaries and expectations for both of you at the outset might help avoid arguments later on.
Retirement gives you the chance to make a fresh start, but as part of this, there are changes you will face and it's up to you how you deal with them.
Feeling uncomfortable about change is a natural, and let's face it retiring is probably one of the biggest changes you'll ever have to face, especially if you've been with the Police service for some time.
Everyone deals with change in a different way and in a different timescale, but the process and feelings they go through in order to come to terms with it tends to be typically the same.
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