Learning is good for our mental wellbeing.
Not only do we learn new skills that can help in life and in our career, but it boosts our self-esteem and self-confidence.
Learning provides a sense of achievement. Imagine setting yourself goals, succeeding in them, and then having something tangible, such as a qualification, to show for it.
Learning new skills gives you an element of control over something in your life. You can choose what you want to learn, how to do it, and when you do it based on your own routine.
This can be through eLearning, distance learning, or by attending a class. The choice is yours.
Embarking on a course gives a sense of purpose. If you have a larger overall aim, such as finding a dream job or promotion, then learning is a way to move towards that.
It provides a “mission”, something that drives us forward.
An even bigger advantage is that it helps us develop a growth mindset.
People with a growth mindset and a willingness to learn are more likely to:
- Embrace challenges
- Persist in the face of setbacks
- See effort as the path to mastery
- Learn from criticism
- Find lessons and inspiration in the success of others
By doing this, we can reach ever-higher levels of achievement.
Having a fixed mindset on the other hand leads to blaming others and feeling victimised, which can only serve to harm our wellbeing.
So overall, it pays to learn.
But learning is only one aspect of wellbeing.
Find out more about it and the others in our new Workplace Wellbeing eLearning course.