In light of the COVID-19 pandemic we could all use a “silver lining” right? Well with a lot of folks staying home there is a little extra time in the day to to fill, and some have used that time as an opportunity to learn something new. Whether it’s taking up the guitar, learning a new language or teaching yourself to juggle, people are attempting to expand their horizons with new skills. Stars are even getting in on the action both as teachers and as students. Ever wanted to learn to cook from a world renowned chef? Now you can learn to prepare fine dining dishes from high end chefs like Gordon Ramsay for free on social media. Want to learn to play the guitar? Wouldn’t it be cool to have a legendary teacher like Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie? You can with the PlayAlongMusic channel on YouTube. Already a player and want to learn some cools songs? How about learning Queen songs from Queen guitarist Brian May? It’s possible and it’s available to you 24 hours a day via his Instagram. From online workout classes, painting, learning a foreign language, to sewing, computer coding, and yes, even juggling people are finding ways to add to their repertoire. A 2018 study found that engaging in learning can help to insulate or “buffer workers from detrimental effects of stress”. meaning not only can learning something new help you expand personally, it can help your productivity at work as well. So while you are stuck at home missing the the things you know, maybe try learning something you don’t. It may be just what you need to get you through this.



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