Many of us felt that that turn of the year would see an improvement with regards to the pandemic yet sadly this is just not happening and many of us are once again facing a lockdown. Instead of dwelling on how frustrating this is or how sick we all are of this thing, today we are going to focus on something far more positive and take a look into some new skills which we can learn during lockdown. Mental health experts like Roger Wolfson have been warning just how important it is that we focus on our mental health during this testing time, and one way to do this is to have something to focus on, and here are some ideas as to what you could learn.
A New Language
Even if you only focus on getting to a level where you can converse, learning a new language during lockdown would be the most amazing way for you to spend your time. This is not only a skill which will test your mind, it is one which actually has a purpose and which you can use now and in the future. There are a wealth of resources online which you can find, many free, that will help you to raise your game and pick up a new language.
It is fair to say that watching someone play chess really does scream ‘classy’ and you can be that guy or gal if you focus your time during lockdown on picking up a new skill such as that. Chess is easy to understand the basics of, but it is a game which you could spend a lifetime playing and still not fully grasp every aspect of it, regarding tactics and strategy. This is a game which is fun and educational and which is seriously going to help with your mental health during lockdown.
Not having enough time is often the reason that people give for not picking up a new instrument, well now we have more time on our hands than we know what to do with. The choice of instrument is yours, the key is to buy it and then focus on investing time practicing the craft. It is true that some take to these things very naturally, but no matter how easily you take to the instrument, it is essential that you put in the hours and practice hard in order to keep pushing yourself and to get better.
And finally you could use this time to flex your creative muscles and learn to draw or to write a story. Again these are skills which we so often suggest that we are unable to do because we don’t have the time, yet the reality is that we now have an abundance of time and so investing it in ourselves seems like the best thing to do. Work hard and spend your time gaining a brand new skill, hopefully all of this will be over soon.