After decades in the workforce, retirement affords you with plenty of exciting possibilities. However, many might give little thought to how they will be spending their time during retirement – and with all that leisure time, you wouldn’t want to be bored.

Perhaps you have a hobby that fell to the wayside during all your working years, or you’d like to take the time now to see the world. No matter your preferences, there are studies that show retirees who keep a busy schedule and maintain social interactions and relationships have the tendency to lead happier retirements. Thinking about how you want to spend your retirement can help you be prepared.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started on that phase of your life.

1. Volunteer your time

With all the leisure time available, people always look to volunteering and doing good by helping others. Not only does it occupy your day, it can also create the meaning and purpose that people desire during their golden years. There are many opportunities available in Singapore to do volunteer work such as joining charitable causes, deliver food to needy communities, or offer your time to mentor others. Whether you are seeking new associations or becoming more active in an organisation you have participated previously, donate your time meaningfully and take advantage of the skills you have honed throughout your career for the benefit of others.

2. Keep physically fit

You may already be exercising during your working years. Keeping yourself physically and mentally active should be done during retirement as well to keep you healthy. You don’t have to start heading to the gym or attend a Pilates class if you don’t wish to create a regular routine. Still, be sure to keep your body strong and flexible. Similarly, engage in mental activities and puzzles to keep your mind stimulated and alert.

3. Learn something new

Whether it’s learning a new language or a musical instrument, retirement can be the ideal time to pick up a new skill. You can usually find local classes and workshops in community centres and businesses around the country. Learning is also beneficial on its own: it fights boredom, improves memory, poses less risk for mental health issues and gives you a sense of well-being. In a learning environment, it also allows you to be socially active and keep loneliness at bay.

4. Funeral planning

Retirement is the next phase of your life, but it is never too early to start making plans for what comes next. In the midst of your retirement activities, consider planning for your funeral services as well. When you have a comprehensive funeral plan in place, it will ease your worries and take off some of the emotional stress your family will feel when the time comes. It will also benefit you in saving your family a great deal of money when you pre-plan your funeral, eliminating the financial burden on them. At the same time, making prior arrangements ensures you are able to carry out your final wishes, from your preferred burial options to casket services and more. All in all, you will have a peace of mind and rest easy knowing the difficult decisions are already made.