Keep Learning“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere” – Chinese Proverb
Keep learning is about trying something new, discovering an old interest, taking on a new or different responsibility, or learning a new skill. Learning new things helps you feel more confident, enhances resilience and improves your self-esteem which can make coping with the everyday stresses and demands of caring for a loved one with mental illness easier. People who Keep Learning report feeling more positive, greater satisfaction with their lives, and feeling more optimistic about the future. Not to mention it is a great way to meet new people, live a more active life and have more fun. Embrace your curiosity and challenge yourself!
Keep Learning for Individuals
- Learn about grief associated with a loved one’s diagnosis with a mental illness http://www.whatsyourgrief.com/?s=mental+illness
- Try out a new recipe from your favourite cuisine.
- Rediscover an old interest.
- Complete the Balancing Act resource sheet to learn ways to care for yourself while supporting someone with mental illnes.
- Watch an interesting documentary on TV.
- Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving e.g. learning to scrapbook.
- Keep Learning about resources that are available to support you on your caring journey.
- Write your bucket list and try something you have always wanted to do.
- Research a topic you want to know more about e.g. learning about your family history.
- Read how other people experienced grief associated with a friend or family member’s mental illness.
- Memorise a new word each week and try them out with your family and friends.
- Stir your curiosity with a Ted Talk
- Learn a new skill – knitting, yoga, wood carving, DIY, etc.
- Broaden your knowledge about the latest developments in mental health.
- Learn another language. E korero ki a koe Maori? Parlez-vous francais?
- Subscribe to a new magazine.
- Discover the different types of grief and what to do if your grief goes unsupported by friends and families.
Keep Learning in the Community
- Complete an adult education course.
- Try a class at your local community centre. Pick your favourite from dance classes, tai chi classes, art classes and everything in-between.
- Watch a film set in a different country. Academy Cinemas show a good range of international. Films are $5 all day on Wednesdays.
- Go to a Nerdnite and hear interesting speakers talk about their area of expertise.
- Express your experiences through art, poetry, writing or music with a class at Toi Ora Live Art Trust.
- Join a Supporting Families in Mental Illness discussion forum. Learn from other people’s grief experiences and strategies and share your own.
- Learn more about your city by taking a free Auckland walking tour.
- Keep learning at your local library. Check out their new books, DVDs, and magazines. Libraries have useful resources on grief too.
- Check out an exhibition at a local art gallery.
- Put your dancing shoes on and learn some new dance moves.
- Join a book club and discover new books and ideas.
- Learn more about supporting a loved one with mental illness at a Supporting Families in Mental Illness support group.