Wellbeing

Why Learn and Discover and How to Keep it Part of Your Life

Learn and Discover has been our Six Ways to Wellbeing focus for July and August and we’ve highlighted  the University’s cultural institutions as places to help you  learn and discover – The Whitworth, The John Rylands Library, Manchester Museum, and Jodrell Bank.  Remaining curious about life and learning new things helps us stay connected to the world, take time out from academic learning and can help boost self-esteem.

Just because our focus has come to an end it doesn’t mean you can’t keep on discovering – and the best thing is it’s easy to integrate into everyday life in simple, enjoyable ways that don’t have to take up too much time and effort. So, here are some ways to help:

  • Pick up a book and read
  • Take on a DIY project or side project
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Try out a new recipe
  • Watch or read the news
  • Always ask questions – be curious to find out more
  • Download a language learning app, like Duolingo
  • Watch a documentary
  • Take a walk around a part of the city you’re less familiar with. If you need inspiration, take a look at student blogger Lina’s adventures in the city  
  • Attend public lectures and talks
  • Listen to a TED Talk (why not give this one a go?  https://youtu.be/UNP03fDSj1U)

And, if you’re up for something a bit bigger, there’s plenty of ways you can challenge yourself! University is one of the best environments to be in to learn and discover as you can broaden your horizons on your course, but also by taking part in the extra-curricular opportunities the University offers. Why not think about:

Research has shown that there are so many benefits that come with learning and discovering. For example, by setting goals and challenges related to learning, this can improve our self-esteem once we’ve achieved and overcome them. In addition, learning new skills is also said to boost our sense of hope and purpose, and by focusing on learning in the present moment it reduces our stress. Learning and discovering can also promote social interaction when you go along to classes and societies.  This also provides a sense of belonging and self-worth which contributes to better mental health. So, by subtly integrating learning and discovering into your life, you’ll soon see the benefits. It doesn’t have to be difficult or hard work, but it’s clearly well worth making it a part of your life.

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