When was the last time you learnt something new? No matter how small it may have been?
Perhaps you’re currently learning a new language, a new job, you’ve finally been let in on the family’s secret recipe, a shortcut that will save you so much time on a keyboard – whatever it may be, you should be proud of it.
Proud because you are helping to keep your mind active, motivated and curious.
Those times when we feel unfulfilled and ‘stuck in a rut’, are usually because we are no longer being challenged; our brains are not being tested so they fall into a routine state – autopilot.
How many times have you turned up at work and can’t remember how you got there? After time, we switch off and go about our daily routines, dulling our minds with the normal and the everyday.
Many people relish in their routine and are more than happy to keep with what they know; but for many others – over time – it can cause boredom and low self-esteem, leading to a stagnant, even depressive, state of mind; affecting not just them but relationships with family and friends too.
Learning keeps your brain active meaning you’re likely to be more satisfied and optimistic in yourself and with life in general – boosting self-esteem, a sense of purpose and connecting with others – letting you get the most out of your days.
Remember, positivity breeds positivity, just as, negativity breeds negativity.
Learning a new skill doesn’t just have to take place in the classroom either; try an online tutorial, join a new sport, maybe your friend can teach you about their hobby, see about courses through your work – there are endless avenues for you to try.
Plus, you never know what new hobby, passion, or even adventure, you may set yourself on if you give learning a go!