Classes, Camps, Lifelong Learning

Press Play on Your Life

Do the thing you’ve been wanting to do.

"Do the Thing You’ve Been Wanting to Do." You'll be hearing us say that a lot this fall because at UVU Community Education, we know a lot of us have been doing the exact opposite for the past year or more. Whether it's exploring the things you love (but think you won’t be any good at), or taking a chance on an idea (that you’ve been afraid to try), life is too precious and too short to hold back for long. Our affordable and accessible Community Education classes are just one way you can get back to your purpose and your passion.

So whether you’re considering indulging in a hobby or pursuing your loftiest dream, go ahead and press play. Do that thing you’ve been wanting to do.

Here's why.

1.  Gain a fresh perspective.

Allowing yourself to do the thing you’ve been wanting to do is like opening up the window and letting in a fresh breeze. It’s like clearing the cobwebs from your mind so your brain and your body can be revitalized by new experiences.

Pressing play on your life means learning new things, meeting new people, discovering new opportunities, and creating new mental pathways that will help you flourish personally and professionally.

In short: Doing that thing you’ve been wanting to do is all about opening up a different part of your brain and making room for new experiences.

2.  Avoid the less-than-helpful habits that come from boredom.

What less-than-helpful habit do you fall into when you're bored? There's always mindless snacking or stress-eating. Or excessive, anxiety-inducing social media consumption? Online shopping for things you don’t need is also a favorite, and let's not forget the classic—binge-watching marathons where we become one with the couch.

These habits may alleviate boredom in the short term, but in the long run, they aren't always the most constructive use of time when it comes to caring for your mental and physical well-being. What's more, redirecting the hours devoted to these habits can uncover oodles of time you didn’t realize you had, upending the "I don't have enough time" excuse.

In short: If you cultivate hobbies, not habits, you become a creator rather than just a consumer. That's good for your well-being—and your bank account!

3.  Get some relief from stress.

Low-stress activities (that aren't attached to work) can offer you real stress relief. A Community Education class can get your body moving, help you connect with others, and give you a mental break from your worries.

Engaging in an enjoyable and challenging activity is a proven way to give your mind a break from stress. You'll reduce muscle tension and decrease stress hormones as you focus on something else besides your common stressors.

Exercise in particular will boost endorphins and improve your mood and focus for the day. And what's more, any community class is an opportunity for you to connect with others over shared interests so you feel less isolated and alone.

In short: Turning your attention to a hobby you enjoy will reduce your stress levels, leading to better mental and physical health.

4.  Find fulfillment beyond productivity.

We live in a culture that tends to prioritize productivity over purpose; the implicit (and sometimes explicit) expectation is that if an activity is not making you money or winning you renown & fame, then it's hardly worth doing. But study after study has shown that pursuing a hobby—doing something just for the mere pleasure of the activity—leads to better health and a more fulfilled lifestyle. (And it's good for your professional performance too!)

In short: Do what brings you joy, even if you're never great at it, or it never makes you any money. Be curious, have fun, and make memories.

However you choose to press play on your life, Community Education is a great place to begin. Come check out what we have to offer, and Discover what’s out there for you.

View our Discover catalog for full list of current courses.