(WXYZ) — Now 11 months into an unwavering pandemic, much like Groundhog Day, each day starts to blur into the next and that's enough to bring you down. But on top of that, we've got the cold winter months now adding to the gloom. So what are some ways you can cure the winter blues from the warm indoors?
The cold and gray season is hard to get through in any given year, but add in a pandemic and you may just start singing about your winter blues.
So in a year unlike any other, how do you kick those blues to the curb?
Virtual cooking isn't a bad way to start! Chef Robert Kroll from Mirepoix Cooking School in Royal Oak.
"I’m going to add in the scallions but I’m going to save some for the end for the garnish on the top," Kroll said while giving tips on how to spruce up the average at-home dinner.
Mirepoix has seen an uptick in interest from couples and families looking for that boredom-curing boost. Right now, the school offers 16 different virtual classes with a varied international menu.
"People are in their own home, they feel safe, they can pour a glass of wine while they’re cooking and have a little bit of fun while doing it," he said.
The cooking school will send you the shopping list and you just do the work. Then within minutes, the food is ready to serve.
If making food doesn't cure your blues, then consider a crash course in photography.
Students with Darkroom Detroit have added plenty of photos to their portfolios over the pandemic, which offers classes like intro to photography and intro to film photography.
The studio is a nonprofit teaching people of all at their levels. And their mission? It's to make photography more accessible so when the pandemic hit, they began offering all classes on a donation basis.
"So people could pay anything that they wanted and if they couldn’t pay anything, they didn’t have to," said Javier Garcia.
But kids can also get their fix by getting virtual with companies like Zoom Ballyhoo, bringing the party directly to your living room.
Or alternatively, getting hands-on with creative activities like turning your backyard snow into a coloring book. Or if you're feeling adventurous, transforming it into ice cream.
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