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How To Invest In Your Future

Tom Welbourne Battersea, Flamenco

How To Invest In Your Future

January can often leave you feeling in a bit of a slump.

It’s a long road to payday and you might be starting to regret your Boxing Day sale decisions. 

You want to be healthy but there is still that tin of Quality Street to be eaten – at least if you eat them they’ll be gone, right? 

Perhaps you’ve already slipped up on one of your New Year’s resolutions and you’re heading toward a full-on existential crisis. 

We get it. 

Trying to be your best self can be difficult, but you don’t have to be the ‘new you’ right away.

You can invest in your future by doing your own thing, at your own pace. Check out this article for tips and ideas about great classes, courses and experiences that will help you invest in your future self.

Knowledge Is Power

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While sometimes it’s easy to just ‘switch off’ on those dark evenings in front of the TV, giving yourself something to do that activates your brain can really make a difference to your outlook! 

Not only is learning a language an amazing investment in terms of where you can travel, and opening doors to all over the world, it’s also beneficial for your health!

The list of health benefits alone is almost endless:

  • Improves memory
  • Increases attention span
  • Increases brain volume
  • Prevents progressive neurological disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer

So, not sure where to start? We can help.

Battersea Spanish is a Spanish School in London that teaches courses ranging from beginner to intermediate and advanced to conversational classes. We’ve even won the LUKAS award for Best Language School in the UK – so don’t worry, you’ll be in capable hands.

We know that more often than not, people choose to take classes and attend events with us at Battersea Spanish because they want to immerse themselves in something. 

Sure, learning a language has fantastic health benefits, but it’s also a chance to learn about a whole new culture! 

Options for every level means that there’s no pressure. Small classes and professional teachers will give you the support you need so you can progress at a pace that’s right for you. 

We are constantly under the assumption that wherever we go, someone will understand English. But in fact, 75% of the world doesn’t speak or understand English. 

There are more than 530 million Spanish speakers globally, and over 20 countries that speak Spanish as either their primary or secondary language. 

Getting those all-important phrases is just the first step, but we like to take things a bit further! We offer courses ranging from the very beginner’s level of Spanish, all the way to creative writing classes in the Spanish language! 

Being part of a community and creating relationships is a great way to get out of a slump. At Battersea Spanish, you will be learning alongside others on your level.

Learning a new language opens so many doors, whether that’s meeting new people, travelling to a new place, or even cooking that recipe you’ve had bookmarked from a trip you went on, and 

understanding the ingredients – it’ll bring a whole new dimension to your day-to-day life.

So why not rescue yourself from these drab, cold evenings, and join a unique learning experience in London with us?

Setting Yourself That Challenge

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So, maybe you want to learn a new language but you don’t know where to start?

You can take our Spanish Level Test to find out what Spanish course will be perfect for you, whether that’s a Spanish for Beginners class or more advanced conversation classes! 

We also run social events including Spanish film nights and tapas evenings, that give you a chance to meet new people and form friendships based on a common interest. And as much as staying in is the new going out…sometimes it’s nice to go out and meet new people! 

We know what you’re thinking, that setting the challenge for yourself is the easy part. Whether that’s learning a language, starting up an exercise regime, or trying anything that’s new and out of your comfort zone.

Staying motivated for the long-term is the real challenge. 

Tip: A positive mindset is a key component to staying motivated. 

Perhaps you’re a fan of mindful moments during which you can revisit your goals and re-find your inspiration. If so, Mindfulness is a great way to ground yourself in that present moment, and remind yourself of what matters to you at that moment. 

This is a great tip to take with you during the day to day – and can even be reminding yourself to keep tabs on the present is a great way to learn! 

Bringing a positive mental attitude to anything that you tackle, even your most basic day to day activities or tasks can help improve your general outlook on things. 

So, if you’re feeling in a bit of a rut, challenge yourself to think outside the box, and think positively about anything that might bring a bit of difference to your days!

Or, maybe you need something a little more high energy to get those motivational juices flowing…

Get Moving, Get Motivated 

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If the thought of the gym makes you want to hide under your duvet, you might be interested to know the health benefits associated with dance:

  • Improves heart and lung functions
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness
  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Improved muscle tone and strength 
  • Weight management 
  • Reduced stress & anxiety, improved mental health

Movement and dance stimulates the release of endorphins – the hormones that leave you feeling good. Fancy it?

Why not try something you hadn’t thought of before? Battersea Spanish could be here with the answer, as we also offer Flamenco classes and Spanish Guitar courses!

If learning a language isn’t really your thing, you can still immerse yourself in a new challenge that shakes up your routine right here at home in London.

Become immersed in the fusion of music and dance, learn about the history behind the dance and try it for yourself. Shake off those January blues, literally…

Talk about a creative way to get your exercise! 

Like with language classes, your experience doesn’t matter. There are Flamenco classes that teach the absolute basics, right up to those of you who are just itching for a new class right here in London to release your inner Flamenco or Flamenca!

We also have intermediate and advanced Flamenco classes for those who are a touch more intermediate or advanced, and more at home in those dancing shoes. Plus, if you’re not one for performing in front of – albeit welcoming – classmates, we have private tuition too. 

And, if you’re not sure you can try before you buy with our trial classes. But, we’re pretty confident that once you try it you’ll have the Flamenco bug! 

So there’s really no excuse not to learn Flamenco in London this 2020…

Language isn’t the only way to immerse yourself in a culture. Learning Flamenco will give you an insight into Hispanic culture and the passion embedded in this beautiful dance. 

Food For Thought

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January can be pretty lonely. Come to think of it, so can London. 

Battersea Spanish hosts amazing events like tapas evenings. Our evenings work to build communities of like-minded people with shared interests. Why not come along to meet some new people, and maybe learn about some new dishes?

Food is fuel, right? And with all those Flamenco classes you’re going to need it…

We know that making healthy choices can begin to seem dull after a while, but there’s more to healthy eating than kale – trust us! 

Maybe you’re a fan of tasty, delicious and traditional. But, who isn’t right?

While you’re learning a language – let’s say Spanish – you might be interested in getting to know the culture too. And where better than starting with food…

Spanish food is some of the most recognisable and well-loved around the world! And the most well known is, of course, tapas. Small but tasty dishes that complement each other well – sounds perfect!

At our Battersea Spanish tapas and conversation events, you can find a variety of authentic and healthy dishes, perfect for taste testing. Plus, it’s a great way to practice all that Spanish you’ve been learning with other people just as keen to break out of the norm and bring a bit of fun to their new year!

These events are designed for slightly more advanced speakers – so why not make this a goal and get started on one of our Spanish for Beginners courses? 

A lot of the times, we can make excuses for not challenging ourselves, or getting stuck in the same rhythms – joining like-minded people in whatever venture you set upon always makes it easier. 

Think we’re overstating it? Why not find out for yourself? 

Whether it’s the Spanish language with one of the Spanish courses that we offer, or Flamenco, learning something new and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone will absolutely be an investment. 

Staying motivated and excited by what you do is our key takeaway for 2020!