In­crease con­fi­dence and men­tal well­ness through learn­ing…

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THERE are many rea­sons why you should con­sider en­rolling for a course and the good news is there’s no bet­ter lo­ca­tion than the North East to ex­plore your op­tions where a top-notch se­lec­tion of fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing col­leges are right on your door step, which of­fer ex­cel­lent choice and pro­gres­sion path­ways for peo­ple.

Ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing is all about ac­quir­ing new skills and knowl­edge which brings its own sense of per­sonal ful­fill­ment and well-be­ing. In re­cent years the com­mence­ment of the wider de­bate about men­tal health and the ways in which we can im­prove it has been a wel­come one. But did you know that study­ing and learn­ing new skills is a ma­jor plus for our men­tal health? Stud­ies have shown that with adult learn­ers in par­tic­u­lar their brains re­spond to study with in­creased cog­ni­tive pos­i­tiv­ity, while the in­ter­ac­tion and sense of ca­ma­raderie cre­ated by in­ter­act­ing with fel­low stu­dents also pro­duces pos­i­tive ben­e­fits for our men­tal health.

Aca­demic stim­u­la­tion is a great way for peo­ple to know they are still learn­ing and have much to con­trib­ute to them­selves, their fam­i­lies and so­ci­ety. Long gone are the days when our ed­u­ca­tional path­way was a pre-de­ter­mined one that only lasted as long as we stayed in school. Nowa­days ed­u­ca­tion is struc­tured to suit the needs of the in­di­vid­ual’s life­style with full-time, part-time and evening cour­ses of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from per­sonal hob­bies, pro­fes­sional and self-de­vel­op­ment, ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties, aca­demic pur­suits, to trades and skills based cour­ses. The choice is there wait­ing for you to ex­plore.

Con­fi­dence is some­thing that is also im­por­tant to us at any stage in life and we gar­ner con­fi­dence from in­ter­act­ing, par­tic­i­pat­ing and by do­ing things that make a dif­fer­ence. The feel­ing of con­fi­dence we get from know­ing we’ve ac­tively en­gaged in, and ac­com­plished, a task is im­mense.

Learn­ing boosts self-con­fi­dence and min­imises the op­por­tu­nity for pe­ri­ods of de­pres­sion and iso­la­tion to set in. The old say­ing ‘study is a voy­age of dis­cov­ery’ is a much used cliché, but it’s also a uni­ver­sal truth. All that’s left is for you to start your jour­ney.

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