Learning new skills is both useful and it can also positively affect our mental wellbeing. Learning means different things to everyone. To some it will be a new qualification and to others it will be learning a new recipe in the kitchen.
Evidence shows that continuing to learn throughout life can help improve and maintain our mental wellbeing.
Mental Wellbeing means feeling good about yourself and the world around you and being able to get on with your life the way you choose.
Learning new ‘things’ can boost your self-confidence, self-esteem, build a sense of purpose and help us connect with others.
In 2004 a study of 145 adults took place. They interviewed about learning throughout life and various aspects of their health and wellbeing. The study found that people who involved themselves in more learning reported feeling higher self-esteem and a greater ability to cope with stress. They also reported more feelings of self-confidence, hope and purpose.
Setting goals and working towards them plays an important part in the way learning influences wellbeing. Many forms of learning involve contact with others which connects us to our communities and peers.
There are so many ways to learn new things without spending any money:
- Look up a new recipe and cook it for yourself, friends or family
- Take on that DIY project you’ve been putting off.
- Take on new responsibilities in work learning how to use a new system or skill
- Take up a new hobby like crocheting or drawing
- Learn a new language… and then travel there to practice your new skill!
- Start a new course in a local college or school
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you!