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4 ways to give yourself a gift this christmas

By Dianna Lloyd | 18 December 2017

With Christmas and the holidays fast approaching, December can see you sucked into a frenzy of planning, spending and (maybe worse of all) eating. Only to get to the end of the holidays and be disappointed with how you’ve spent your precious time. If your last Christmas was all about everybody else, maybe this year you deserve to think about yourself. Why not use the holidays to switch yourself back on rather than switching off by giving yourself the gift of trying something new?

Here’s the best part, it doesn’t matter what it is, as any change will do. You can learn a new skill, experience another culture or research options for study over Christmas. Either way, you’ll feel more satisfied, more in control and more enthusiastic about the year ahead. So why not give yourself a gift and try out one (or all) of our 4 great ideas for self-improvement over the holidays.

Pick up a new hobby

We Australians are a creative bunch who indulge in a vast range of hobbies. Even if you don’t fancy escape roomswingsuit flying or even extreme ironing, there’ll be a hobby out there to suit you. Hobbies allow you to lose yourself in something you really enjoy doing and often help you build a great circle of friends. To help you think of hobby ideas, talk to other people, browse hobby shops and exhibitions or consider things that you’ve enjoyed in the past.

Who knows, that new hobby might one day turn into a job.

Contact an old friend

Social media has made it much easier to find old friends and acquaintances. Just a click of a button and you can be off, wandering down memory lane. This Christmas why not take the opportunity to meet up with someone you’ve not been in touch with lately? We all take inspiration from others and sometimes that act of sharing our live’s latest events can be a real catalyst for change. If you’re inspired by your meet up, you could even arrange a get together for a whole group of friends.

In other words, the opposite of “out with the old”!

Volunteer for a charity

There is no doubt, volunteering is good for those we help, but as thousands of Australians find out each year, it is also good for the volunteers themselves. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to learn new skills, work as a team and become part of a community. It can also change your perspective on life and is even good for your health. Thinking about someone or something else instead of your own problems decreases your stress levels and strengthens your immune system. Check out this study from United Health to find out more.

If you are unsure of where to start, you could either volunteer in an area you are familiar with or learn new skills through something outside of your comfort zone. ‘Sport and Recreation’ followed by ‘welfare and community’ are Australia’s biggest voluntary sectors. Go Volunteer have a great range of Australian volunteering opportunities.

96% of Australian volunteers say their volunteering is related to feelings of well-being.

Do some online learning over Christmas

Learning is better for you than you might imagine. When we learn, our brains are stimulated and stimulated brains are more likely to be able to resist the problems of older age such as dementia. Studying an online course is also a great way to improve your overall mental health and self-esteem. Learning makes you interesting and learning via an online course is the perfect, flexible way to study. If you are interested in studying but need some help with ideas, take a look at our course menu; we have qualifications at all levels and something to suit everyone. To get you started, we have listed some great ideas below:

  • Technology offers lots of options for hobbies with blogging and social media becoming increasingly popular. If you want to improve your social media skills, take a look at our Social Media Short Course, which can be studied over just 8 weeks and includes modules on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • If you already have ideas for your own business, the next sensible step could well be taking a business qualification via online study over Christmas. We have a wide range of business courses starting with our Certificate II in Business.

Whatever your plans for the Christmas holidays, we hope you make the most of your time and return to your routine in January with the knowledge that you have made important changes. If you are interested in online study over Christmas, get in touch now with our team either via our Live Chat or via our Contact Page. We would be pleased to answer your questions about online learning over Christmas.

Check out the Upskilled Career Guide. It’s a handy way to recognise existing skills and assessing what skills you need. It provides a course planning pathway, including where to begin and how to select a course.

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