One of the most productive ways to mend after heartbreak is by learning something new - in the process, you'll expand your mind, meet new people and keep yourself focused on positive things (instead of your ex's Instagram). Learning something new is good for the brain, body and soul. What do you want to learn this year?
To get you started, today we're sharing 10 things you can learn from the comfort of your couch as you stay #onthemend after a breakup.
1. Build Your Own (Paper) Bouquet
After a breakup, we tend to clean house - out with the old, in with the new. It helps to bring in more light and color when you're feeling down. For an easy way to brighten up your space, you can learn how to build your own paper flowers with Brit + Co.
Unlike regular flowers, these DIY beauties will last forever and require no care at all - perfect if you're the type to buy flowers and then forget to throw them away when they start rotting (we do it too).
Pro tip: Bring your paper flowers to life by spraying them with your favorite scents!
2. Learn The Language Of Love
Have you been putting off that trip to Paris because you want to brush up on French first? This 3 Minute French Skillshare class is great for learning conversational French in a clear and effective manner. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn just by practicing for a few minutes a day. Bonne chance!
3. Weave Your Own Wall Hanging
If your walls are feeling a little bare, it's time to replace them with something that will lift your spirits and remind you of your creativity. Check out this Skillshare Intro to Weaving class to see how you can weave your own beautiful wall art.
Mix and match your favorite colors or play around with patterns to create a a piece that matches your personality! Weaving, or anything that requires your attention to detail, is a great way to keep your hands busy so you can avoid "accidentally" texting your ex.
4. Makeover Your Instagram
Want to take up photography without splurging on a fancy camera? In this Brit + Co Phone Photography class , you will learn how to shoot and edit professional looking photos using only your phone.
You'll also learn how to develop a distinct photography style using various editing apps and styling tricks. Say "hello" to your new and improved social media presence!
5. Become A Photoshop Pro
If you're a member of the modern world, then you know just how valuable Photoshop can be. Enhance your design skills (and resume) by taking on this new challenge.
It may seem a little intimidating at first, but this Intro to Photoshop course with Brit + Co will teach you all the basics you need to get started. Once you've mastered these basics, the possibilities are endless.
6. Keep Your Memories Alive
Get your mind off your breakup by reminiscing on your favorite memories with friends and family. This simple DIY Scrapbook Tutorial will show you how to print your Instagram pictures and create fun layouts in a mini photo booklet.
Scrapbooking is a creative way to stay #onthemend because you can shift your focus to your happiest moments. Plus, they make thoughtful gifts for friends and family!
7. Learn How To Book Bind
If you love working with your hands, this Skillshare Book Binding class will teach you how to bind your own mini notebooks and design covers using graphics and typography so you can add beauty to your on-the-go diary. By the end of the class, you'll have beautiful notebooks to use for yourself or gift to friends!
8. Draw Your Own Self Portrait
Time to put those doodling skills to work! This Beginner's Guide to Self Portraits class with Skillshare will help you understand face shapes and features so you can create a masterpiece in your likeness.
Don't worry about creating a Picasso. This step-by-step guide makes it simple and fun to learn basic sketching techniques. Once you've got your own image down, you can make gifts for your friends and family by drawing their portraits!
9. Make Your Own Jewelry
Take your accessory game to the next level by learning how to make your own jewelry. In this Brit + Co Intro to Jewelry Making course, you will get an overview of the fundamental tools and supplies you'll need to get started, as well as tips for repairing common jewelry breaks. Once you get the hang of the basic techniques, you'll be ready to bring your designs to life!
10. Become A Coding Queen
Do you have an idea for a website or blog? Check out this Brit+Co HTML and CSS 101 coding class by Allison House to get you started. In this 65-minute course, you'll learn about the basic structures, supplies and programs that you'll need to build a one page website.
Once you've learned how to create a single page, you'll have the tools you need to bring your own ideas to life online. Allison's tutorial will bring you one step closer to becoming a Coding Queen in 2017!