Lean something new and lower your stress levels!
Lockdown might have turned your world upside down and put your normal life on hold but this could also be an opportunity, to try new things!
With no commute and more time on your hand this is a great time to think about the things you might like to do but have never had the time to do.
Achieving something new can remind us that we are competent, that we can do things we didn't realise we could and in turn this gives us the confidence to try more things in the future. It will also give you a greater trust in your own ability to make positive changes in your life and to better handle unexpected challenges that life can throw at us.
Research and analysis by London Economics on the effect of further education has concluded that skill development has many benefits, including boosting the learners' self confidence and boosting productivity. A separate study found that people who frequently take on new challenges reported feeling more relaxed and happier in their every day lives. In the same way that regular exercise improves the function of your heart and muscles, learning to be more self-sufficient is a workout for your brain, leaning new things boosts neuroplasticity, which is your brains capacity to grow and renew neural networks.
Scientists' speculate that in older people having a go at unfamiliar activities might even slow the rate the brain ages - thats got to be good.
Whatever you decide to do enjoy.