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Enrich Your Life Learning A New Skill Online

By: Julie Morris

NOV. 2, 2018

Life & Career Coach

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Are you among the millions of Americans who watch TV after work? If so, stop that, as it's bad for your brain. Besides, there are so many other things you could do with your time, such as learning a new hobby. According to numberous studies, it would help you relieve some of that stress that you carry around with you day to day while improving your social skills and giving you invaluable self-confidence (which is helpful in addiction recovery). If you're not sure what to do, here ares some enjoyable activities you can dive into right now from the comfort of your own laptop.

Playing a Musical Instrument

Many people associate learning to play music with childhood, but you can actually learn no matter your age and reap all kinds of rewards from doing so. Becoming a musical master helps with stress relief, enriches social interactions, and improves reasoning and logic skills. The ukulele is an especially good choice for beginners. It's reputation for being easy to learn, it's small size, and the ease of access to online lessons make it user friendly for all age groups and skill levels!

Dog Training

This may be something you've left to the professionals, but if you're the proud owner of a pooch, it's time you took matters into your own hands. However, don't fret if your furry friend is no longer a pup: Older dogs can learn new tricks, and this keeps them fit and healthy.

Sewing

There's the clear practical benefit of being able to quickly and easily patch up a rip in your favorite shirt, but there's much more to it than that. As you progress, you may find yourself with the know-how necessary to express your creativity through making your own clothes. Even if you don't get that far, sewing helps develop greater hand-eye coordination that could serve in other aspects of your life while allowing you to enjoy the calming effect of the rhythmic movement of your hands, which is highly therapeutic.

Photography

Here's a skill that could net you a new cash flow while you explore the world outside your door and express your creativity in one go. You'll also be able to artfully document your journey through life while providing a helping hand to your loved ones at their weddings and other important events. Getting started can be expensive, with the right equipment costing thousands of dollars if you're committed to quality. However, once that's settled, you're just a few clicks away from learning the basics.

Dancing

Here's one that'll impress your friends, whether you're stepping seductively to a sultry salsa or moving your hips to a thumping hip-hop beat. Whatever style you choose, you're sure to burn off calories, as there's no dance around that doesn't force you to move your body, and you'll also get a much-needed mental break from the stresses of everyday life. All that can be yours if you can find a place to perch your laptop while you follow along to the step-by-step video instructions with your friends or on your own.

Yoga

Hardly known a few decades ago except among a handful of bohemian devotees, this ancient Indian art now has over 20 million practitioners in the United States alone, including countless celebrities. The question remains: Why hasn't the rest of the population joined in? After all, there are few other physical activities that strengthen the core and boost flexibility while also imparting a variety of mental health benefits, including stress relief. Tempted? Verywell Fit has a list of websites that'll help you learn the basics right at home.

With so many options available, it may be hard to settle on one. Give it some thought, and then get started. Soon, you'll be off on an exciting new journey that leads to good times and a sense of pride as your skills grow and grow.