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    Things You Didn’t Know Were Life Skills You Should Learn

    By Nilanjana Parijat
    11 Oct'22  5 min read
    Things You Didn’t Know Were Life Skills You Should Learn
    Synopsis

    The article delves into what life skills are and why they are of relevance to our lives. It also inspects how relevant life skills change with time which are some of those housekeeping, survival, money management, familial skills we all must know.

    Things You Didn’t Know Were Life Skills You Should Learn
    Synopsis

    The article delves into what life skills are and why they are of relevance to our lives. It also inspects how relevant life skills change with time which are some of those housekeeping, survival, money management, familial skills we all must know.

    A lot of us have attended ‘life skills’ classes while in school and most have come across this term numerous times. But what exactly does ‘life skills’ mean? UNICEF defines ‘life skills’ as “a group of psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathise with others, and cope with and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner”

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) “Life skills may be directed toward personal actions or actions toward others, as well as toward actions to change the surrounding environment to make it conducive to health ”

    To put it simply, basic life skills are essential 'know-ables' or 'do-ables' that are required to keep us living well in a holistic manner, wherein we foster our own safety, sustenance, satisfaction, and development, as well as those of others.

    Why Are Life Skills Important?

    A quote that really drives this point home is one by famous marketer Millie Hogue, where she says that Life Skills “...are skills we can take wherever we go in life, no matter what we do”.

    • Truly, putting aside everything else we own, know and have, our personal skills and competencies are what determine our experience, mindset and life satisfaction. They are our true belongings.
    • Life skills, as the term inherently states, are essential to live, not just to get by but to move towards health, growth, satisfaction, happiness and success.

    Let us now elaborate the list of life skills we all must become adept at.

    House Keeping

    As opposed to popular cultural opinion, life skills such as housekeeping activities should not be gender-specific. Knowing the basics of managing a house only adds to one’s sense of self-sufficiency and equips one to deal effectively with situations of crises.

    • Being able to clean the house in terms of dusting, doing the dishes and laundry are some of the personal development skills
    • Tightening nuts and bolts in small electrical systems and machines
    • Being able to cook, at least, basic and healthy food
    • Buying and storing groceries such that you understand food labels, can check for good condition fruits and vegetables, know how to store different items etc also becomes a apart of your personal development skills
    • How to unclog a toilet or sink
    • Maintaining basic home appliances like toasters, mixies, TVs, laptops, etc
    • Basic sewing skills (tears, buttons etc)

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    Presentation Skills

    To present ourselves well when interacting with someone casts a major impression on the person/s in the front and is one of the very important life skills. Some personal development skills we should have are:-

    • Tying a tie
    • Pairing the right colours when getting an apparel together
    • Understanding the difference between formal, semi-formal and casual attire
    • Ironing. Yes, ironing is a skill, because different clothing items are ironed differently depending on the texture and material and first impressions are made by neat and ironed outfits

    Continue reading to know about some of the most important basic life skills.

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    Survival Skills

    Emergencies can strike anytime, during travel, at work, or even while we’re at our homes. Hence, a few survival life skills that equip us to better deal with emergencies and become a apart of your independent living skills are:-

    • Swimming
    • Driving (cars, two-wheelers, riding bicycle)
    • Basic first-aid- Managing minor burns, choking, drowning, lacerations, cuts, bruises, fractures, cramps, etc; knowing how to give CPR, Heimlich manoeuvre, Intramuscular injections. Additionally, knowing about basic medicines for general ailments and other home remedies can help in improving personal management skills
    • Basic self-defence
    • Changing a flat tire
    • Reading a map

    Also Read | Why Having A Value System Is Indispensable

    Money Management Skills

    Managing one’s money effectively can make a huge difference in one's quality of life and is one of the important life skills that helps in the long run. Some independent living skills you must know are:-

    • Budgeting
    • Managing expenses and maintaining financial records
    • Investing (understanding and keeping up with the market, shares and understanding cryptocurrency like NFTs, Bitcoin, etc.)
    • Doing taxes and paying bills (knowing how to file ITR returns, paying electricity and water bills etc.)

    Also Read | Learning To Manage Your Money: Basics Of Financial Planning

    Relational Or Familial Skills

    We all build relationships, close or distant, personal or professional. But there are certain skills that help us nurture our relationships better while also making us feel good in that capacity. These skills are:-

    • Listening to the person/s you are communicating with
    • Stating one’s needs clearly, logically, assertively
    • Accepting feedback- Whether positive or negative from partners, friends, family etc.
    • Expressing all sorts of emotions healthily helps in improving personal management skills

    Also Read | How Do Sibling Relationships Impact Our Mental Health?

    Life Skills For The New Generation

    What counts as basic life skills is also subjective to the time and environment we are in. So, what is today an important life skill may not have been so 15 years back. Let us look at a few of such independent living skills that the youth of today should work on developing

    Sustainability | Understanding sustainability as a concept and learning how to practice it on an everyday basis in the form of multi-usage, management of resources like electricity, water, fuel, etc is an important life skill that today’s youth need to know. Considering the growing rate of environmental destruction, our inability to build sustainability on an individual basis will be the impetus for further catastrophe

    Basic Social Media Skills | Making posts on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn; gaining basic understanding of promotion and advertising on these platforms is a life skill that nowadays is an important part of most businesses and jobs.

    Emergency Preparedness | This is especially relevant in these times when we are living through a global pandemic. This would mean having emergency backpacks, kits, plans, knowing how to evacuate, protect oneself and others, sanitisation etc. Additionally, providing caregiving in emergency situations is also an important life skill that helps in improving personal management skills.

    Nilanjana Parijat is a depth-oriented, and holistic wellness psychologist, with extensive hands on experience in working with children, adolescents and familes. She currently works with Reboot Wellness, Gurugram.

    • Health
    • Cognitive science
    • Psychological concepts
    • Psychology
    • Interdisciplinary subfields
    • Behavioural sciences
    • Social psychology
    • Branches of science
    • Social media
    • Sustainability

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