Beat winter woes with weekly activities

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  • By 2nd Lt. Kathleen Polesnak
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The doldrums of winter can send your spirits plummeting if you let rain, snow or dreary gray skies prevent you from doing much besides watching movies and American Forces Network reruns all season. 

But there are plenty of activities you can partake in this winter that don't require an excess of money, time or effort - just a little creativity. 

Set your sights on spring 

Set a goal for the beginning of spring so you spend your winter preparing for an event or experience. 

The goal could be entering a contest, running a race or starting another degree - the idea is setting your sights on an experience that requires some preparation and motivation. 

Stay classy Spangdahlem 

Winter is an opportune time to learn a new trade or sharpen an old skill. There are hoards of classes available both on and off base. Take the time to schedule something weekly. Whether it's a fitness, language or art class, you can have something with which to look forward. This also is a channel for meeting new people and networking with others who share your interests. For example, a fitness class at the base gym - kick boxing, martial arts, yoga or spinning. Language - check out local schools to brush up on your German. 

Art - find a painting, pottery or drawing class to unleash your creative side. 

Hit the slopes regardless of snow 

If your eyes are already snowflake-filled, you can hit the hills without trekking all the way to the Alps. 

Indoor ski hills, such as Snow World on the Netherlands-German border, allow amateur and avid skiers and snowboarders alike to experience chilled thrills year-round. 

Indoor ski hills are a safe and affordable way to learn how to ski before soaring down 30-minute runs in Switzerland. 

Gather with friends 

Most people won't say no to grub, which is why weekly gatherings are another viable option for melting winter blues. 

Get a group of family members, friends or neighbors together to rotate preparing a meal, appetizer or dessert. These cooking congregations allow you to test your recipes, build a recipe book and promote camaraderie all in one kitchen. 

Don't have time to whip up anything besides microwavable popcorn? 

Herd family and friends into the living room for a game night. Regardless of age or interest, the options are endless with traditional board games, such as "Monopoly" and "Clue," to video games, including "Nintendo Wii Sports" and "Guitar Hero." 

Regardless of your age, interests, relationships or job title, there are many opportunities to enjoy this winter rather than dread it. 

If you find yourself in a rut, seek out Spangdahlem agencies for ideas or assistance.