Learn new skills
Research shows that learning new skills can also improve your mental well-being by:
- Boosting self-confidence and raising self-esteem as you learn more technical abilities about the said skill, which in turn results in you assisting other people who are interested in learning the skill you gained.
- Helping you to build a sense of purpose which can ignite a newly-found passion and calm your mind as you concentrate on learning the skill.
- Helping you connect with others and learn their own technique or the other way around, either of which can lead to a closer bond and eventually talk with new friends who are also trying to learn the skill.
- Giving you a certain goal as you try and learn the new skill, clearing your mind of any problems that may affect your focus and hinder your learning progress.
- Having you and your friends something new to try and talk about, you may introduce your friends to also try your new skill so that all of you may enjoy and have a good time as you both learn.
Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, not enough energy to start learning about a new skill, or when you do not feel the need to learn a new skill, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life which can change the way you view life.
Some of the things you could try may include:
- Try learning to cook something new, something that you never tried before. Learn more about its recipe, healthy ingredients, and cooking tips. If you prefer healthier options, try looking for possible alternatives that you can find without compromising your preferred flavour.
- Try taking a lead and add a new responsibility at work, do not be afraid to try a new style that you have never done before, such as mentoring a junior staff member and answering any of their questions or improving your presentation skills that can catch the bosses’ attention. Both can increase your employee relationship and bring the team a smoother rapport.
- Work on a DIY project, such as fixing your broken bike, garden gate or something even bigger. If you feel like bringing out your creativity, try changing your wall background, build a wooden shelf, or simply make use of colourful papers and create Origami art. There are lots of free video tutorials online which can immensely help you. And don’t forget to have fun and enjoy as you do it.
- Consider signing up for a course at a local college or try free online courses. You could try learning a new language, start coding and programming, or you may try a practical skill such as plumbing, woodworking or gardening.
- Try new hobbies that may challenge you, such as writing a blog about your life experience or places that are special to you, you can also start an active lifestyle by taking up or playing a new sport that you can also play with your friends and eventually meet new friends who are also playing the sport. Or you can start your artistic lifestyle by learning how to paint. How about opening up that old chess board of yours and finally start learning how to play chess? Do not feel bad to make mistakes at first, you’ll get better eventually, learning takes time as long as you put your heart into it and enjoy it at the same time.
- Reward yourself with small things like a soft toy, that way you can set rewards and prizes every time you accomplish something, it can help you become more motivated and continue learning more about the skill.
- Do not feel you have to learn new qualifications or sit on exams if this does not interest you. It’s best to find activities you enjoy and make them a part of your life. What matters is how you will enjoy it and how it can help you improve your mental well-being.
- Do not rush yourself into perfecting your newly-gained skill, take things slowly and appreciate every single progress that you can accomplish within the day. Trust the process of learning and dedicate a few hours into learning and you will improve greatly.
- Do not feel bad about making mistakes and failing, practice makes perfect. Just think about what you will gain and do not think about the negative results.
- Do not feel insecure and do not compare yourself to other people who are also learning the skill faster than you do, find your own pace and learn to take a break when you do not feel like doing anything or if you feel exhausted.
- Do not force yourself into learning if you think it can affect you in a bad way and make you feel worse than before.