We get to a point in life where we desire a change of pace and direction, work may have become unfulfilling or maybe we just need something challenging to sink our teeth into to keep our brains active, and let’s face it, sitting in front of the television night after night isn’t exactly going to help with that.
Many people take up new hobbies or sports, but some people step back into education and with an endless assortment of excellent evening and weekend training courses to attend at varying levels, you can find yourself with a new, meaningful qualification in a matter of weeks or months. In turn this may even lead to new career prospects, new friendships or the desire to gain more knowledge simply for your own benefit.
Here are a few great course ideas to begin with:
Hypnosis courses can pave the way for a fantastic and successful career path, courses range from a few days to weeks depending on the level. In even the most basic of classes you could learn hypnotic techniques, theories, code of ethics and the history of hypnosis as a way to combat a wide range of neurological issues from smoking to stress reduction.
Again you can learn the basics to be able to help and treat others in a matter of weeks, leaving with confidence and a certificate to show your new qualification. CBT training can allow you to assist and coach people through a range of mental health issues, from OCD to anxiety and depression.
One of the simplest yet most valuable skills to acquire that can actually save lives, first aid courses are abundant in local village halls, schools, health centres and even fitness clubs. Gaining an emergency first aid qualification is vital if you have a keen interest, or work in, fitness, therapy and are responsible for or around children.
There are positively hundreds of types of massage courses you can undertake including Indian head massage, Thai massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, sports massage… the list is endless. You can dip your toe into physiology and anatomy if you really want to become a skilled masseuse or masseur.
Yoga: a seemingly relaxing exercise but surprisingly hard work. Training to be a yoga teacher can be very rewarding, not only will your students be people simply seeking a weekly evening of socialising and keeping fit, you will be able to help many people with common health conditions that are nursed by the calming effects and qualities that yoga can offer.
All of these training courses are easy to come by and don’t cost the earth, not only will you end up with recognised qualifications but you’ll no doubt make some friends along the way. Plus, the sense of well-being of being able to use your new-found accomplishment is priceless, especially when you can make such a simple different to someone else’s life.
Bill Turner is a free-lance writer and technology guru. He enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling with his family.
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- Charities attack treatment delays for mental health patients (theguardian.com)
- Massage Therapy Instructor Spotlight: Debi Ball, LMT (info.mueller.edu)
- Research and analysis: Prior qualifications of adults on Skills for Life courses: 2010 to 2011 (gov.uk)