I’ve been told I’m a professional student. Instead of taking that with a negative connotation, I took that comment as something positive to offer others about my journey.
Here’s 5 tips to getting yourself engaged in learning as well as great goals for the year!
- Learn something new – don’t wait get started
- Participate more during class – don’t sit in the back, if online, reply to discussions
- Get more involved outside of lectures – listen to a podcast that covers broad topics
- Expand your expertise in your area of study – take up a ukulele course at the local library or learn Hands-Only CPR or First Aid
- Stress management is the key – Incorporate a healthy lifestyle
Here’s a few examples:
Positive Self-Talk – “I can do this” or “everything will be OK”
Stress Management Basics – Identify your triggers such as anger, financial concerns, or relationship worries. Think about strategies for dealing with them and identifying what you can control. Seek help and support from family and friends first then to a professional if needed. Don’t let worries become a problem!
Make it a lifestyle to practice deep breathing, Tai Chi, yoga, meditation, walking outdoors, participating in sports or just being in nature. For me, it helps just to do daily activities like stretching, gardening or taking the stairs. They are excellent for your heart, lengthen life, and keep you mobile. My absolute favorite first thing in the morning is Tai Chi. I started with Tai Chi for beginners from You Tube and just gradually clicked on different modules if I wanted to do more. The best part was being able to find a Tai Chi course at my local community college and actually go through the techniques with a group of people, just like the movies.
Do something new to improve yourself – Take a course (see what our partners can offer you) in Leadership training or Management techniques (links below). I have been taking a mobile course from Duolingo’s app to learn a new language. I started with French and have moved onto Italian. I even infected my family and they are now taking Spanish and French for fun! We started challenging each by saying something new daily and we must respond appropriately or not!
Motivate yourself – Make your activities fun (such as learning a new language via an app that looks like a video game!). Get rewarded Research shows that rewards are the reason for 75% of why you do things.
Lastly, break a bad habit and replace it with a good one – Surround yourself with people who live the way you want to live is a great start. It takes approximately 90 days for the brain to reset itself and shake off the immediate influence of a drug, so it is about 90 days to break an addiction or a bad habit.
Another research reported that it generally takes over two months of daily repetitions before a behavior becomes a habit.
Love Yourself, you are worth it!