This is the final blog in our 5 Ways to Wellbeing series, and we’re sharing some tips on learning something new.
We know that learning new skills can give us a sense of achievement and confidence. But did you know being curious and seeking out new experiences can also positively stimulate the brain and improve wellbeing?
If this piques your interest, here are some ideas to get you started:
If you only have twenty minutes:
- TED Talks are brilliant for getting some bitesize learning into your day. They are both informative and inspirational and cover a huge range of topics - from science, business and literature to personal growth and even dinosaurs! Check out this list for talks between 12-18 minutes long.
- If you fancy something a bit more interactive, you could try Duolingo for a fun language lesson where correct answers lead to points – and even a spot on the leaderboard! Choose from Spanish, Latin, Irish, Japanese and many more.
If you have an hour:
- Next time you read a newspaper, test yourself by giving the puzzle section a go.
- Set up a book club with fellow reading enthusiasts and arrange a regular call to share discussions and reviews.
- Listen and learn with a podcast. Check out this list for some of the best educational podcasts in 2021.
If you have longer:
- Why not learn how to crochet, knit or paint? If these aren’t your thing, you could even give pottery a go - stores such as Sculpt sell everything you might need to get started.
- Try out a new recipe. There are lots of great food inspiration on BBC Good Food, or you can sign up for a cooking class. Migrateful run cookery classes (currently online only), led by migrant chefs who are struggling to integrate and access employment, supporting them to share their incredible cooking skills with the world.
- Sign up for a course with U3A, who offer classes in a huge range of subjects, from creative writing and poetry, to gardening, computing, and even birdwatching.
If you’d like some extra advice and support with getting online or connecting with others in your community, Guinness Care at Home can help. Get in touch with us here.
*Any references in this article to external websites or media are based on personal recommendations from our colleagues and customers, and are not endorsed by Guinness as an organisation.