We are all capable of learning a life-changing skill that might impact our lives positively in future and help us advance and develop, even if this is not obvious presently.
There are skills that yield immediate benefits but there are also those that will come in handy, maybe even be life-saving most unexpectedly.
These skills come from all aspects of life, ranging from communicative to the most lucrative ones. Regardless of which area of your life the skills encompass, they can all potentially improve the quality of your life.
Everyone needs to master the basic housekeeping skills, from kids, tweens and teens, to both men and women, and college students. Maintaining a tidy home will ensure you live in a clean and healthy environment, it’ll help you stay organized and on top of things and in the long run, it’ll save you money.
One part of housekeeping is learning to cook and even if you're not keen on spending time in the kitchen, you can always learn how to prepare a few simple dishes. This skill will be precious in those situations when the restaurants are closed (as it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic peak), during national holidays or if you're in such a rush that there's no time to go shopping.
Finally, a few DIY hacks and tricks can also save you money when it’s time for repairs. Knowing how to fix a hem, sew a button or unclog the toilet or sink will be a true lifesaver! The Internet is full of tutorials on even the simplest repairs you can do around the house so it might even turn out to be lots of fun!
Safety and survival skills
All humans have an instinct for survival and keeping safe but we are also witnesses of situations when people put themselves into harm’s way, intentionally or not. It might be due to careless driving or being in an unknown and dangerous area, but whatever it may be, learning how to be cautious and knowing what to do in time of crisis is an essential skill.
Often the situation is completely out of our control, such as an earthquake, a tornado, a house fire or a global pandemic like COVID-19, and even then, basic knowledge and emergency skills can be lifesaving. It might seem scary but knowing what to do can give you some peace of mind that you'll manage in a time of crisis.
For instance, if someone is showing signs of a heart attack or stroke, they’ve cut themselves deeply or they’re having trouble breathing, with basic first aid skills or even a more advanced knowledge of CPR and AED, you’ll be able to rely on your know-how and instinct to help a person in need.
Managing your budget
Being financially responsible and knowing how to manage your budget is an absolutely crucial life skill. The first step is understanding your budget and being aware of your expenses.
This is something you start learning from a young age and what you should keep building on throughout your life. Your financial management can go from coupon-clipping and balancing your bank account to doing your taxes – whatever it is that contributes to your being debt-free.
This is the ultimate goal and getting there isn't easy but it's a journey well-worth taking as it can help you lead a significantly better life.
Knowing yourself means understanding who you are, your values, what drives you, what your calling and higher purpose are. This will set the base for everything you do later in life.
Establishing your personal life mission will enable you to focus on your life goals and guide you through the thought process of decision making. It will help you say “no” when necessary and teach you how to set healthy boundaries so you never find yourself in a situation where your values and integrity are compromised.
Self-discipline and self-care
Another valuable skill to learn is the ability to educate yourself so you can make better and healthier choices regarding food and physical exercise. This will also enable you to see the bigger picture and realise that what you eat and how you treat your body will pay off later.
It’s understandable you can’t be perfect all the time, no one can, but once you see that proper nutrition and exercise are a form of self-care and not torture and punishment, you’ll be able to shift your perspective and re-evaluate.
It’s easy today to get overwhelmed by our busy schedule or taking care of others and forget how important it is to take care of yourself, but all it takes is to start with small steps.
Start building your positive strategy by taking a walk every day, adding vegetables to your daily meals, sleeping and resting enough, treating yourself with a long shower, a new hairstyle or a spa treatment.
The process of learning is inseparable from human existence and in its nature, it’s not difficult. With the right amount of drive and determination, it becomes a process of eliminating all the obstacles and frustrations that get in the way of your progress towards a happy life.