Being inside for a long period of time is not good for you physically, mentally or even socially. As the situation outside becomes more intense, we stay indoors unable to go anywhere and disconnected from other people. Isolation can trigger cabin fever. The key is staying ahead of it because cabin fever is real and not fun.
Cabin fever is just a phrase we use when we are stuck indoors. Even though cabin fever isn’t a medical diagnosis, there are symptoms associated with it. If cabin fever is ignored, it can lead to some negative effects and frustrations.
Negative effects of cabin fever:
The main reason we experience true cabin fever is that it isolates us from people. This is even true for people who are also stuck inside with other people. That can sometimes make it worse because there is a lack of personal space.
Winter is one thing. Its cold outside and those conditions make it unbearable to do anything. This season lasts about two months then we can welcome springtime with open arms.
The tricky thing right now with covid19 is that we have already been inside most of the winter and we are ready for the warmer weather so we can enjoy outdoor activities again. Now we have to stay indoors a few more weeks!
I think we have such a hard time being isolated from society because spending time with people is extremely important for our health. I have been paying close attention to social health lately and how it can affect your health. We were made for personal relationships with others. Our brains are wired to receive stimulation from other people.
Being isolated and bored can lead to unhealthy habits over a long period of time. This is why we need to prepare for this. We need to deal with what is causing cabin fever… boredom, monotony, and lack of socialization. If you are a parent, this is extremely important. We need to keep ourselves balanced and healthy so we don’t lash out on our children.
Here are a few ideas you can try so you can prevent cabin fever:
Stay Busy: This is a great time to get all of the things done that you have been putting off. Make a list of these things and gradually work on checking them off. Take them off of your plate so when the time to go outside comes, you will be able to run out of the front door!
Switching up your routine: Being inside gets monotonous if you keep the same schedule every single day. Wake up, read, work, clean, cook, and go to bed only to wake up the next morning and do the same thing. It’s like the movie Groundhogs Day. Try switching up your routine each week and incorporate something new each day. However, keeping the same sleeping and eating patterns is important. Set a bedtime and a morning alarm for you and everyone in the house. This will make the transition easy when the time to get back to normal life comes.
Get a new hobby: This is a great time to do that “thing” you have always wanted to try. There are many indoor hobbies you can try. If you are with people, have them join you! You can learn a new language, yoga, knit, write a book, paint or whatever you can find to do around your home.
Grab a good book: There is nothing like cuddling up in your favorite chair with a cup of coffee or hot tea while reading a good book. Reading books, in general, can benefit you in many ways. It can relieve stress, makes you smarter, relieves loneliness and helps you to connect mentally.
Home Improvement projects: When inside for a long period of time, you might as well take care of things you have been avoiding around the house. You can organize your pantry, do some spring cleaning, put a fresh coat of paint on this or that, or whatever is on that honey-do list.
Here are some things to do indoors with your family:
Puzzles and Games: Grab a puzzle or a game and sit down at the table and spend time talking and working together.
Movies: Family movie nights are always the best. Grab a bowl of popcorn and get comfy. You can do this often because there are plenty of movies on Netflix or Disney Plus that the whole family will enjoy.
Crafting project: DIY crafting projects are a great way to bring your family together. All it take is looking at Pinterest for some family DIY projects such as painting, paper mache, painting that dresser you have in the garage, or even getting them involved in your home improvement projects.
Redecorating: This is the perfect time to get the kids to go through their room and get rid of stuff and redecorate! This is easy for the kids to do and a good way to get in a little bonding time while cleaning. WIN-WIN!
Exercise: Finding a family workout video on youtube will be important during this time. Getting your body moving and increasing your heart rate will be beneficial for your health mentally and physically.
Most of all, remind yourself that this is only temporary, this too shall end and focus on the positive. Keep in mind why you are inside. It isn’t a punishment. It is meant to help you and keep you safe.