After retiring from your job and sending your children out of the nest, you and your spouse may find yourselves with plenty of time on your hands. This newfound burst of free time offers opportunities for rekindling your romance, injecting passion and love into your golden years.
Working together to find new experiences to share can help you maintain and enhance the romance you started together so many years ago.
Start Dating Again
Dating isn’t just for young couples who are just starting to learn about their partners; even married couples with plenty of anniversaries behind them can benefit from regular dates. Make a habit of scheduling dates frequently, and plan to put some effort into it. Dressing up and going to a fancy restaurant encourages you and your partner to reminisce about your first dates together decades ago. Don’t forget to add some variety by doing things other than dining out, such as taking a dance class or hiking to a beautiful vista.
Take a Road Trip
Planning and executing a road trip offers fun adventures, new sights, and plentiful time to chat with each other about anything. Road trips are also a wonderful way to take a break from the stresses and routines of normal daily life. Work together to come up with an itinerary for your adventure, adding plenty of interesting tourist stops along the way. Look for romantic places to stay, such as a cozy bed-and-breakfast. Finally, don’t forget to take plenty of pictures so that you can remember your trip later.
Find New Hobbies Together
With more free time available to you, exploring new hobbies can help you find new and meaningful activities. While there’s nothing wrong with having a few separate hobbies, looking for hobbies you can share together gives you more topics to talk about and work on together.
Look for hobbies that you can do at home together and a few hobbies that encourage you to get out of the house. For example, gardening and working on puzzles are good activities at home. Taking art classes at a community college can encourage you and your spouse to have fun together while forming new social bonds.
Spend Time Apart
Once you’re no longer going into the office every day, it may seem tempting to spend all your time with your spouse. Although you and your spouse probably get along just fine, it’s still a good idea to have some time apart.
Maintaining separate hobbies and social circles helps you keep your independence. Establishing your own individual zones in the house can help as well. If you both have your own areas for hobbies, you won’t get in each other’s way or cause irritation that can block romantic feelings. Taking short solo trips from time to time isn’t a bad idea either; some time apart makes your reunion all the sweeter.
Work on Goals Together
Establishing goals and working together on them helps bring you and your partner closer. With more free time, you can finally tackle the projects you’ve had on your list for years. Some of these projects may not be glamorous, such as cleaning the garage, but checking off tasks as a team will help you both feel a sense of accomplishment. Adding a few relationship goals to the list, such as going on a date twice a month, can help rekindle your romance as well.
Reconnect Through Communication
Good communication is an essential ingredient in any lasting relationship. Talking with your partner about only superficial topics doesn’t lend itself to a deep connection. Make sure you spend some time every day talking about things beyond the minutia. If you have a concern about something in your relationship, talking about it honestly is the ideal way to work through it.
If you and your partner are having trouble communicating, consider making an appointment to see a therapist. With the help of a neutral party, you can work on stumbling blocks in your relationship.
Explore Your City Together
Work, children, and other obligations likely prevented you from exploring your city to the fullest. With retirement upon you, you can change that. Make a plan to check out one new place in your city each month, from walking paths to coffee shops. Keep track of upcoming events in your area, such as concerts and theatrical productions. New sights and experiences help you feel excited, which can bolster your excitement towards each other.
Living without the stress of the daily commute, a challenging career, and growing children gives you a chance to put some effort into your romantic relationship. Even if your romance is still strong, trying some new experiences can fill your romance with fresh passion and keep your relationship strong for many years to come.