It’s back to school time again, and parents are racing about gathering school supplies and preparing for the return of the school year routine. But you don’t have to be a child to be excited about returning to class.
The learning process has significant mental health benefits. Learning pushes us to use our brains in new ways. We employ various skills like memorization and critical thinking to learn new subjects and skills. It is an exercise for the mind.
Learning teaches us to look at the world in new ways. This helps us step back when feeling anxious or stressed and use a fresh perspective to discover solutions to our problems. It doesn’t just provide mental stimulation but a distraction from feelings of depression or anxiety.
New skills also give us beneficial new hobbies. Learning to garden offers all the benefits of the outdoors along with beautiful flowers and produce to enjoy. Learning to craft artwork gives us a self-soothing outlet for our emotions.
What would you like to learn? Are there any skills your life would benefit from? We often feel that we are too busy to fit this into our schedules, but we don’t have to be in school seven hours a day to enjoy the process. Even an hour a day or an hour a week can have an effect on our lives.
Going to a class can be exciting and fun. See if there are any classes you could sign up for with a friend, and enjoy the process of learning and studying together. Or buy a book to learn a new language, game or subject. Perhaps you could learn a new skill like knitting or baking that you could enjoy when the weather forces us indoors in fall.
When we commit to learning we commit to spending time on ourselves, which reinforces self-esteem. We also commit to bettering our lives and learn an enriching skill just for our own enjoyment.