For many of us, it’s back-to-school season for our kids (or for ourselves, if we are teachers or students), whether that means on-campus learning, virtual classrooms, hybrid learning, or homeschooling. For others, fall brings back memories of school and may spark the desire to learn something new, perhaps something that can be added to your wellness toolbox.
Education is one of the five key concepts of WRAP that provide the foundation of effective recovery work. Learning all you can about what you are experiencing so you can make good decisions about all aspects of your life is vital as you move forward.
Whether or not we take formal classes, we are always learning about ourselves and others through life events and our reactions to what life tosses at us—both good and not so good. Education is a way to learn a new skill, enhance talents, find a new hobby, or just gain knowledge about a topic that could be useful to our wellness, such as meditation, yoga, or positive psychology. There are dozens of ways to learn, some at low or no cost, including:
- Online courses
- YouTube instructional videos
- Nonfiction books
- Community classes
- Music lessons
- Art/craft courses through continuing education or an arts center
- A book group
- WRAP classes
- Trial and error!
What are some of the ways education has helped you with your WRAP? What advice regarding education would you give to someone just starting out with WRAP? We’d love to hear your ideas. Please add them to the WRAP Facebook page.
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Mary Jaffe is WRAP Business Manager at Advocates for Human Potential. She joined the AHP family in October 2017. She has been working in publishing and nonprofit publishing for over 30 years. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, comments, and ideas!