Now is the time to rethink and redesign your 2020 goals and resolutions. What do you want to accomplish? What kind of person do you want to be? What skills do you want to aquire? What have you always wanted to do but never had time for?
Now more than ever, we have extra time on our hands to develop skills, tools and new habits to become a better, healthier and happier version of ourselves.
Here are 5 online courses designed to up-skill yourself or improve your mindset that can all be done by the end of the year.
The Mindspo Meditation Method
Co-created by Aussies, Rochelle Fox and Chris Soll, this course is designed to teach you the power of mindfulness and a life changing method of meditation.
Whether you struggle with anxiety, fall victim to your thoughts, or struggle to stay present, studies show that meditation is a valuable asset for improving mental health.
One study by The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, of 3,5000 people found that regular meditation can even help control pain. It documented that meditation was associated with reduced complaints about chronic or intermittent pain.
Unlike many guided meditation products and apps, this course is not a subscription service that gives you tools whilst draining your wallet. Instead this course asks for a one-time payment of $305.42 AUD (or 4x monthly payments of $91.47 AUD) and then it is yours to keep forever.
Rochelle Fox is a certified Meditation and Yoga Teacher with nearly 10 years of experience. Drawing from her history overcoming PTSD, anxiety and chronic panic attacks, Rochelle is passionate about the power of meditation to transforms mindsets and lives.
The course is designed to be simple and accessible. Instead of overcomplicating things, the content is brought to you in an easy 1.5-hour video course, where Rochelle teaches you the 3 Part Mindspo Meditation Method. This then allows you to practice meditation anytime, anywhere without relying on internet access for guided meditations. The course then provides a 66 Day Meditation challenge to help you instill meditation as a habit.
As Rochelle always says, “I am not passionate about teaching meditation. I am passionate about creating meditators.”
Australian Red Cross First Aid Course
A first aid certificate is often one of those things that people say they will get around to doing when they have more time. Well now, many people have more time than they know what to do with.
A first aid course provides you with the skills and knowledge to respond to a variety of situations in the community, home and workplace. This may include burns, bites, or other accidents. Having the skills to respond to emergency situations enables you to feel safer and more competent in everyday life, but particularly if you ever have to look after somebody else.
This course in particular costs only $155 AUD and upon completion qualifies you to provide first aid for 3 years. The upfront fee encompasses the modulated theory course, which is broken down into first aid (e.g DRS ABCD) and specific emergencies (like bites or heat stroke) as well as the practical component of the course.
The practical component can then be completed after lockdown.
Duolingo Language Courses
Duolingo is one of the most popular language-learning platforms and the most downloaded education app in the world, with more than 300 million users.
Students all over the world use this app to learn the basics of a new language. Duolingo offers FREE, bit-sized lessons which feel more like a game than a textbook.
When starting your language course, Duolingo asks you to choose how much time you want to commit to learning the language, therefore tailoring the course and the structure to your life and availability.
Lessons focus on a real-life goal — for example, ordering at a restaurant in Paris. Students develop the vocabulary and grammar needed to achieve that goal through lots of varied approaches including reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
Anna Wintour, Annie Leibowitz, Natalie Portman, Serena Williams and Gordon Ramsay are just some of the A-list talent who host classes on this incredible self-improvement learning app anyone can have unlimited access to for $180.
MasterClass is a platform offering a host of high level on-demand learning courses on everything from cooking to investigative journalism, guitar, acting, film making, basketball, negotiation, high level management, interiors and more. Each set of courses has 20-25 units, many with workbooks as well as access to an online community of people all attending the same course where you can discuss elements of whatever you are studying.
The quality of these courses is seriously good. They are filmed well, and the presenters know their stuff and actually teach detailed and unique skills. Taking notes is essential and having space between lessons is also important to absorb the information. Studying has never been so good.
Even if you don’t intend to pursue a career in the course you are doing, research shows those who engage in trying a new skill have better productivity than those who don’t. At the time of writing, the course was priced at $180, with a one-year free membership for a friend thrown in. Non-profit organizations can apply for access to Masterclass for free too.
Journey to Handstand
Ever wanted to learn how to do a handstand? Whether you want to be able to recreate some of the epic yogi handstands flooding Instagram, or you just want to return to your youth? Then this 31-Day program could be for you.
The Journey to Handstand program is a series run by Alo Moves (a subsidiary of the brand Alo Yoga). It is designed to facilitate a safe journey into inversions with daily instructions and exercises. The course aims to start with the basics of strength and stability of the arms, wrists and core. It then advances into floating, forearm balances and then a freestanding handstand.
Using exercises to strengthen and foster shoulder mobility, core and more, this program helps you gain body awareness, control and strength.
The program is accessed through a membership with Alo Moves, which costs $20 a month and gives you access to all of their other classes and challenges as well. They also offer a 14-day free trial and allow you to cancel anytime after that.
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