As someone who lives up north, I can attest that the cabin fever pull is strong this year. We have had such bad weather, that I am starting to feel like my apartment is like a cage. This can definitely be hard for someone like me that enjoys not only the outdoors, but staying active. If you are starting to feel cabin fever sinking in, here are some tips on how to beat cabin fever this winter.
Go for a walk with warm drinks- One of the best ways to beat cabin fever is to simply get out of the ‘cabin’. I like to get warm drinks together and go for a walk with loved ones when that cooped up feeling sets in. The fresh air, even if it’s cold, will do your body lots of good. Just throw on some layers and wear some comfortable clothes and take a walk, even if it’s just around your own neighborhood.
Do indoor exercise- This is a perfect time to do some indoor exercises such as yoga. I enjoy yoga because it helps get my blood pumping and the stretching makes me feel like I am shaking off the confinement of cabin fever. If you want, go for a walk around the local mall for some exercise as well. This will get you out of the house and walking in a new environment which can help with feelings of cabin fever.
Try a healthy new recipe- It’s easy when you are cooped up to eat unhealthy foods. Most of our comfort foods are this way and there is something about the cold air that makes us want to eat them. However, eating unhealthy foods can lead to feelings of being dragged down and tired which feed our feelings of confinement during the winter. Instead, try something fresh and healthy. You will find that you have more energy.
Get some sunshine- If you can, open up your shades and curtains to let in as much natural light as possible. During the winter, we often get feelings of sadness or depression simply because we aren’t getting enough vitamin D from the sun. Combat this by opening your curtains and drapes during the day and making sure to lay in the sun when you do. Read a book in a sunny spot in your house to soak it all in.
Start an organization project at home- Since I am stuck at home anyway, I like to make my living environment as peaceful as possible and for me this means clear out the clutter. Throw on some comfortable clothes (I actually wear activewear since it is basically a workout!) and start organizing those closets, that basement or if you are feeling really energetic; the garage. You will get your blood pumping as well as feel accomplished by the end of it.
Go play in the snow- You know the saying, “If you can’t beat e’m, join ‘em”? Well, if the weather has you down, go out and play in it like a kid. I had a blast recently making snow angels, snowmen and having a snowball fight with my husband. The fresh air and fun was all I needed to beat the winter blues away.
With all this said, keep in mind that if you have serious depression that you can‘t shake, seek out medical help. Depression is a serious illness that can sometimes require professional help to overcome.
Written By Christine Tolhurst from Saved By Grace Blog
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