Cold, gloomy weather and short periods of daylight can make it easier to feel down. When all you want to do is hibernate, sometimes simply trying something new, even when you don’t feel like it, can help dispel melancholy feelings during the winter months.
I’ve started taking a new African dance class. It’s something I look forward to. Even if I’d rather watch TV from the couch, I go anyway; and soon the beat of the drums has gotten me out of my slump. There are plenty of new activities just waiting for you to try. There are bowling tournaments you can compete in. You can sign up for a trip through your local recreation department to visit a new city, museum, or brewery.
There are many great causes out there that are in need of volunteers. Do you like animals? Try your local dog pound or the Dane County Humane Society. Does becoming more involved in saving the environment sound exciting? Look it up in your local newspaper or online. There are hundreds more ways to volunteer your time, from mentoring to fund-raising drives.
Many groups are created by people looking to socialize with others who have similar interests. There are language groups, where you study and speak a foreign language, or groups that like to discuss books or movies. These groups can be found online, in local newspapers, and on sites like meetup.com.
Trying a new type of food or recipe can be a great experience. There are many one-time classes in which you can learn how to decorate cakes, make cake pops, or roll your own sushi rolls. You can follow along with a program on TV, or put your laptop on the kitchen counter and follow a tutorial online.
Have you ever thought about learning a new skill like oil painting or photography? There are hundreds of classes available, closer than you may think. I’ve found a lot of interesting happenings at my local library. Not only does the library have discussion groups and free activities for families, but it also offers free college course catalogs, local newspapers, and bulletin boards full of various groups looking for members, as well as local concerts and ways you can get involved in the community.
If you’ve found yourself sitting on your couch too much these days, or simply feel burnt out, then look around at your local resources. There are so many exciting things to try if you just take the first step. When you do, your life will become much more interesting! Post a comment below and share your bold, new activity. What will you try next?