Lessons learned in 2018

29 December 2018 | By Mary Beth Lepkowsky

Keep learning…it’s good for your health!   

What did you learn in 2018?

Keep learning…it’s good for your health! It’s one of the five ways to wellbeing from the New Economic Foundation.

Learning is about gaining new insights, knowledge, and skills and having new experiences that enrich our lives. Learning is about challenging ourselves to do something different or improve upon what we’ve done before. When we keep learning, from childhood throughout our lives we contribute to our own physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

As this year draws to a close, I asked some friends and colleagues, “What is one new insight, life lesson or new skill you learned in 2018 and how did it make you feel?” Here’s what they said…

“I learned that I COULD …after so many years of convincing myself that I couldn’t. It feels liberating!”

“I learned the only person who’s opinion counts about my life choices is me. It gave me confidence.”

“I learned how to sky dive, what a thrill it was exhilarating…and scary at the same time!”

“I learned how to solve complex math equations. Now that I understand it, I feel incredible and hopeful!”

“I learned how to use the TV remote controls, lol…but I’d still prefer someone else take care of it!”

“I learned about cultural competence and social justice. It makes me motivated to go back to college for an advanced degree.”

“I learned that I need help when it comes to following through on my health management goals so I learned about a peer coaching app. I feel less stressed after asking for help.”

“I learned about the power of positivity, and appreciative inquiry and that makes me feel inspired and energized.”

“I have learned to slow down and spend more time focusing on things of importance and meaning, doing this makes me feel balanced and appreciative.”

What’s something you learned in 2018?

And as you prepare for the new year, “Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favorite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.” – New Economic Foundation

And learn about other ways to wellbeing through these wonderful resources from NHS https://www.dpt.nhs.uk/resources/recovery-and-wellbeing/five-ways-to-wellbeing

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