Tuesday – Keep Learning (in the digital world)
Usually I deliver training on subjects such as mental health, suicide and self harm to around 20 people for each session. With social distancing measures currently in place we could no longer deliver this way and me and the training team have had to adapt to new ways to deliver this crucial training to empower individuals and to gain new skills and confidence to respond.
At first, I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. I felt nervous having to deliver it virtually. Speaking to a camera rather than to others who could interact didn’t sit well with me. I guess there was a reluctance there at first because I was so used to things before. But then it dawned on me, this is a perfect opportunity to keep learning by gaining a new set of skills and it’s also a way that we can reach audiences from further afield not just for now but in the future too. This really motivated me and over the past week I have been taking time to learn new skills online using platforms such as: Skype, Webex, Zoom and others. Yeah, I found it all very daunting at first but on this learning journey I have created podcasts and videos to support others. Now I have an idea of how we can still get the pre-recorded and lives sessions out there I am feeling more confident and I have gained a sense of self-achievement.
Although work is a huge part of my life it’s important to learn things outside of that too. So, after spending some free time having a declutter on the weekend, I found a book which I’ve been meaning to read for a while. However, I always found excuses not too e.g ‘I never had enough time’ or ‘I have too much work to do’. There’s no better time than the present so I’m finally reading Professor Steve Peters The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme for Confidence, Success and Happiness.
If you’re looking for new books to read, we have a reading list if you are interested.
Evidence suggests that continued learning throughout life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Why not learn something new today? Maybe, you can research something you were always interested in, read a book, or learn a new skill.