When we think about taking care of our wellbeing, most of us may turn to activities like yoga or meditation. Some people even overhaul their nutrition to incorporate healthier choices.
However what if we told you that studying could drastically contribute to your overall wellbeing. According to the NHS website people who continue learning after school are said to have a greater ability to cope with stress. In addition to this, they 'also report more feelings of self-esteem, hope and purpose.'
Our team at Hotcourses are always out there learning. Whether it's the basics in photography, boxing or watercolour painting, their experiences have always brought about a sense of accomplishment.
It may seem like an unconnected link but we've taken a closer look at exactly how attending a class and improved wellbeing are linked together.
It is widely reported that higher levels of education can have positive impacts on health and wellbeing, higher social trust as well as greater political interest and less hostile attitudes towards immigrants.
However, it is the impact on health and wellbeing that is incredibly surprising.
The most obvious thing about attending a course instead of opting for online study is the interaction you will have with other people and your tutor. Being able to connect with people can expand your professional – or personal – network. There are times where I have gone to a seminar or workshop not thinking that I would walk away with new friends. Being around a new group of people can bring about a huge boost, especially where you’re all passionate about a common interest.
Being able to expand your social circle in a time where our interactions with people are so heavily reliant on technology is extremely refreshing – and an attendance based course allows you to do just that.
Some learners find it quite difficult to retain concentration when it comes to online learning and who can blame them? The internet is full of distractions like online shopping, reading material and social networks so attending a course in a brick and mortar setting can help to keep you engaged on the subject at hand.
According to an article from Harvard Health, a number of observations have led to the same conclusion; that regular physical activity, a good diet, taking on new and stimulating mental challenges and maintaining strong social connections may all help in preventing cognitive decline.
The article also stated that ‘the results of the Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER) indicated that doing so not only kept cognitive skills from declining, it also improved reasoning skills and speed in performing mental tasks.’
In-class courses are also a great source at building confidence. Though it may not seem entirely that way when you first enter a classroom with students you’ve never met and a tutor you don’t know, if your course runs on a weekly basis, you soon become use to familiar faces and can begin to open up once you see that your class is a safe space that encourages learning and doesn’t judge any mistakes.
Boosting your confidence in turn has a positive impact on your wellbeing. Being able to seamlessly talk about your newfound knowledge, or weave it in to a wider conversation is a prime example of this and shows that you’ve absorbed what you’ve learnt and you’re comfortable applying this outside of the classroom.
The more you continue to do this, the more knowledgeable you become and the more opportunities present themselves, which may not have been there before.
In addition to potential progression, an in-class course can also serve as a stress reliever, especially if it’s in a particular area you’ve been struggling with. No one likes to worry about the gaps in their knowledge making an appearance at work so taking the initiative to take a course will no doubt cast a weight off their shoulders, which again can lead to confidence in one’s abilities.
See, there’s definitely a domino effect when it comes to improving our wellbeing through education. If you don’t believe us, then why not try your hand at a short course today and see how it impacts you?
Safeera is Editor of Whatuni and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.