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Keep Your Mind Active

528 days ago

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life. The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing. 

The past weeks have provided many of us with a challenge to adapt how we carry out our work, and how we go about our day. This has required problem solving, resilience, adaption to change and building of knowledge. Some of us have even become teachers overnight, learning new activities to teach and engage our children. 

Even so, you may find that you have found yourself with extra time on your hands on days off. In these situations, it is important to put aside time away from TV and social media and keep your mind active. It is also important to let your mind relax away from the worries of what has happened and what could happen, focusing on the current moment. 

Activities you could do to keep your mind active / help to unwind include: 

  • Learn/re-learn to play an instrument. A lot of tutorials are available online and many music teachers are offering online lessons 
  • Do a puzzle. Take out that jigsaw puzzle you have been meaning to do, play some sudoku or try a crossword 
  • Play games with your family or online. Chess, card games, Pictionary, even Monopoly or Cluedo provide a mental challenge. 
  • Try a new / rediscover a craft. For example knitting, painting, drawing or DIY. 
  • Sign up for a course. From webinars, to short course, to online Welsh to an online HND, there is plenty to choose from. 
  • Learn about nature. In our one walk a day you may be lucky enough to be passing hedgerows, fields and woodlands or maybe you have access to nature from your garden. This is great opportunity to learn the common plants, butterflies and birds either on your own or with your family. 
  • Read or listen to a magazine or book. The Carmarthenshire library has a large resource of e-material from magazines to books, all free to access as long as you are a library member. 
  • Listen to music. Rediscovering your favourite albums or discover new music either on your own or with a few friends over a social media group 


Keep an eye out for an update from Learning & Development who will be promoting Learning @ Work week, next week.

Article submitted by: Employee Wellbeing

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