Wednesday – Learn (Wellbeing Week 2020)
Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. So why not learn something new today?
Whatever it is that interests you, there is so much information available for free online. Try a TED talks video – they cover a wide range of topics from experts on the subject – take a look at their most popular talks to learn something new.
We hope that you are loving learning more in your chosen subject with us here in Brighton, but appreciate that you will have interests beyond your course. There are some amazing free courses available from universities and industry experts at Future Learn. Whether you are interested in maintaining a mindful life, want to learn how to read poems or learn more about gender inequality, these are just a few of the courses that are available. The Open University also offers over 1000 free courses – why not see if there is anything that interests you.
Fancy learning British Sign Language? Or how about improving your chess skills? Brighton Students’ Union has a wide range of societies that you can join to help you to continue to learn, develop and have fun.
If you want to try a new skill or just something a bit different, why not take a look at the Just Learn range of events available through Parklife. They offer taster sessions and introductory courses to a wide range of weird and wonderful sports and activities for just £2 a session. Whilst they are not able to run these classes in person at the moment due to national lockdown restrictions, follow their Instagram page for all updates of when they are offering taster sessions again.
As well as having loads of key texts and journals for your studies, did you know that the University of Brighton library has a range of fiction books available? There are also a range of Wellbeing Resources absolutely free. Why not register with your local library in Brighton or East Sussex which are also offering a wide range of e-books and e-audio books that you can enjoy.
Learning a new language is not only fun and a great way to connect with other, but can also enhance your listening skills and memory. Duolingo offers a free platform to learn a new language in a fun way. Why not try reading a book or watching a movie in another language to improve your skills. Meetup also offer a range of language and culture groups – why not meet others who are also learning!
Would you like to learn how to do Origami? Please join us through Microsoft Teams at 2pm for a lesson in Origami run by Claire from our Faith and Spirituality Team. During the session you will learn how to make a traditional paper crane which is used throughout Japan as a symbol of peace, happiness and eternal good luck. Claire will talk you through each step and will be on hand if you have any problems. All you need is a sheet of A4 paper. Email FaithandSpirituality@brighton.ac.uk if you would like to attend.