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I had an online class with my students this week in Melbourne. They were concerned and stressed about the impending new lockdown laws that were about to begin for the 2nd time. Whilst chatting with my students, who range from 1st year apprentices to seniors, the one thing they all said at the end of the class was, “I feel so much better now that I have done this class”. They were “Pumped” and felt invigorated.
This prompted me for this month’s Blog. The fact – positive education & keeping the mind active is a key factor in keeping us motivated, happy, positive and resilient in stressful times.
I believe positive education is the most empowering force in the world. It creates knowledge, builds confidence and breaks down barriers to opportunity. It can strengthen relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Education brings you happiness! Happiness and positive emotions create dopamine and serotonin. When these substances are released into the brain it has positive effects on our memory as well as our brain’s ability to learn. The chemicals increase the brain’s capacity to make new connections and make connections faster.
So why are we not doing it all the time?!
I know with COVID 19 you may find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude towards your learning when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, because research shows that anxiety causes us to focus on negative stimuli. Stress can also have an impact on the brain’s ability to process and retain new information. With this in mind, it’s important to find effective ways to manage and cope with stress. A great way to destress is to learn something new, which can take the focus off what is stressing you. Ultimately, it can then help you find answers to your “stressing” factors. It’s a win win situation!
Regular catch-ups via hair education training sessions are an excellent way to maintain a sense of connection with your community and/or team and help reduce stress and negative emotions. By implementing simple learning activities and providing opportunities to develop the skills necessary to meet challenges head-on, we can create an environment that promotes growth mindset. (More on Growth versus Fixed mindset later!).
As an educator it is my responsibility to continue my own learning journey. My education journey is endless. I scour the world for up to date and new content, and most importantly I practise new techniques till I get them right. I may make mistakes along the way, but that is part of the learning process.
Mistakes are not only inevitable but are actually necessary in order to learn. Once you recognise the value of making mistakes, you’ll be able to use those mistakes to progress and develop rather than worrying that you’re failing every time something goes wrong. So, it’s important to reframe your mistakes as opportunities to learn. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! (On a mannequin head preferably… LOL).
I believe positive education is the most important tool you can receive and can bring you the most success in society today. Education lessens the challenges you will face in life. The more knowledge you gain the more opportunities will open up to allow you to achieve better possibilities in career and personal growth.
I truly believe the power of knowledge alone can give us true happiness. It brings our individual mind to a state of rest from egoic feelings. Then everything in the world appears to be at peace and in a state of bliss.
Having said that, I’m off to find a “state of bliss” by studying for my next Blog. 😉
Love Dario x
Founder & Educator DCI