Whether you are a mom with young children, a working or stay-at-home mom, or an empty nester, investing in your own lifelong learning is important. And with so many options out there, it’s easy to find something that works with your busy schedule and that you can do from the comfort of your own home, if you choose.
Whatever you decide to do, here are some of the benefits you can reap from expanding your knowledge:
· Keep your mind sharp. Your brain needs stimulation to work and learning provides just that. There have been many studies done that claim the more that you use your brain, the more likely you are to protect it or slow the physical process of conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
· Confidence. If you need a change from your daily routine, you might be surprised just how quickly your outlook on life and self-confidence can build by trying something new. Also, if you are beginning to feel like you don’t have a purpose, online learning can help change that.
· New skills. Just because you opted for a degree in accounting, for example, doesn’t mean that you can’t study something new at a later date. In addition, learning practical skills, such as household finances, cooking, or time and organizational management, can do a lot for you. If you find some practical courses, you can become more confident in how you handle your day-to-day life too.
· Be a role model for others. When your children, friends, and family see you taking steps to improve your life, they will follow suit. You can even study or do your homework while your kids do the same. That kind of support and inspiration will last their whole life.
· Hobbies. Online learning can also mean taking up a new hobby. There are lots of websites that offer instructions and tutorials on playing an instrument, crafting, cooking or even yoga and meditation.
· Stress relief. Most times, when you are learning, you will automatically become more organized in order to fit everything in. When you have a routine that works for you, your stress levels will decrease too. The ripple effect from lowering your stress will spread across the rest of your life too.
An investment in your lifelong learning for your own self-improvement is one you can never go wrong with. Give it a try!
Leslie is a freelance writer and public relations specialist in Philadelphia. She focuses her work in the areas of healthcare, non-profit and education. Her most important role is being the mom to her 22-year-old son who she adores. We’d love for you to visit her on LinkedIn.