Now that the holidays are over, the decorations can be put away, family and friends have gone home, and life is beginning to go back to normal. After all the excitement and stress, it's natural to want to hole up at home and get some peace and quiet.
It's ok to give yourself some down time, but don't let it become routine, especially now, in the middle of the winter. The short days, monochrome views outside, and freezing weather all work against us this time of year. However, excluding yourself from social activities and hobbies you usually love can cause many ill effects.
Seasonal despression is common this time of year. Poor mental health can increase your risk of heart disease, alzheimer's and dementia, and other health problems. Staying active, being social, and finding things you enjoy can all help to beat the blues.
Not sure what to do or where to go? There are many options nearby to take advantage of. Here are a few ideas over the next week in the Etobicoke area, including classes, dancing, and Etobicoke events.
Winter session classes at Humber College are still open! Classes start Jan. 6. Humber offers continuing education courses, certifications, and diplomas in any area of interest.
Check out some of these options
- Mandarin Chinese 101
- How to Plan Your Novel
- Investigative Techniques
- Global Warming Concepts
- Environmental Geology
- Adobe Photoshop Workshop
Friday, Jan. 3 - Twelfth Night Dance Party
Saturday, Jan. 4 - Saturday Night Dance
Wednesday, Jan. 8 - Wednesday Night Dance
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday, Jan. 6/7/9 - Taoist Tai Chi Open House
Wednesday, Jan. 8 - Chair Exercise Class
Friday, Jan. 3 - Cribbage
Saturday, Jan. 4 - Chess in the Library
Monday, Jan. 6 - Bridge
Monday-Thursday, Jan. 6-9 - Euchre
Tuesday, Jan. 7 - Shuffleboard
Monday, Jan. 6 - Camera Club
Tuesday, Jan. 7 - Crafting at Franklin Horner
Wednesday, Jan. 8 - Montomgery Inn's Indoor Farmer's Market
All over the city, there are activties and events for people of all ages, interests, and abilities. Even having one activity to look forward to each week will help keep that nagging loneliness at bay.
What is your favourite way to stay active and happy during the winter? Let us know in the comments below!