The pursuit of happiness

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

WIth the cold and snow can come isolation and seasonal depression. Here are some tips to get you out and involved in your community as a means of combating those winter woes.

The first key to happiness is to stay active during the winter. For me, that means using my YMCA membership and getting to the pool. Exercise is always a key to staying active and with the YMCA, Anytime Fitness and CrossFit Spencer, there are plenty of options to stay active.

If working out does not appeal to you, walking in the Southpark Mall is always an option or walking outside if you are willing to brave the cold.

Doing something creative can also boost your morale. I like to write songs in my free time and that helps keep me busy and to express myself creatively. There are a variety of sound mixing software available for free on the internet and if you take the time to learn the software, you can create a variety of original music pieces even if you don't play an instrument or never have been musically inclined before.

Another creative outlet in the community is Arts on Grand. Whether it is viewing local artists work on display, or participating in one of the hands-on classes or programs they offer, Arts on Grand offers the Spencer community a much needed creative outlet.

If you don't want to brave the harsh weather and would rather stay inside, you can always grab a cookbook and try a new recipe. We are somewhat limited in the restaurant options we have in Spencer, so now is a great time to try making something new for your family and friends. It can be an adventure to try a new recipe and you can bring along family and friends for the ride.

I would always suggest trying something that gets you out of your comfort zone. Now, this is a little tricky, but it can be as simple as trying to learn to dance. The YMCA has a variety of dance classes available and welcomes novices.

I am lucky because as part of my job I get to talk to new people and try new things every week. This past weekend I traveled to Peterson to eagle watch. It wasn't my favorite activity, but it got me out of the house and I got to meet some very passionate people.

I hope my suggestions for things to do in the winter helps you find something to combat negativity and seasonal depression. If you are willing to put your best foot forward, you can find a way around those winter blues.