Working from home all day, the weather stopping you from going out, or even the lack of transportation are some reasons why people start feeling cabin fever. While this may seem like a dream for some introverts, spending weeks alone can quickly result in feeling isolated and alone. Here are a few tips to help you combat cabin fever:
1. Keep a Routine
You’ve always heard that waking up and going to sleep at the same time every day is good for your health, well it's true. Keeping a routine helps you feel more energized and boosts your immune system (an extra bonus considering what’s going around). When you wake up in the morning, get ready just as you would if you were going into the office. Next, make a list of five things you would like to and are going to accomplish that day. Even though you may have more than five things to do, you’ll feel more motivated to get through a shorter list. Once your first list of five is done, you can add more. If you have kids at home, set up a timed routine every day to help them stay on track.
2. Maintain Social Contact
Facetime, email, phone calls, and texts - we have so many ways to stay in contact with the outside world. Take the time to check in with your friends and family members; they’ll appreciate the conversation as well. If you want to get a little creative, play games with your friends over a video chat or get your friends to participate in a social challenge. The “See 10, Send 10” fitness challenges have us getting ready for our summer attire, plus the additional endorphins add a boost of energy to our new routines.
Exercise releases toxins from your body and increases endorphins, giving you the mood booster you need. Trying to get at least 30 minutes of activity every day reduces the effects of cabin fever. This can be anything from household chores to dancing or running. There are a lot of companies and individuals doing free online workouts, just do a quick internet search to find one you like, or get creative and think up a physical activity of your own. We dare you to start a “See 10, Send 10” challenge today.
4. Get Outside
Spending time outdoors not only improves your physical health but also your mental health. Being outdoors can be as simple as taking a walk around the block, doing yoga on your balcony, or enjoying a picnic in your backyard. Add some outdoor time to your routine by scheduling a morning walk or simply opening your home office window to feel a breeze.
5. Focus on the Future
Try focusing on the future. Start planning that trip to Europe you've always wanted, finalize your hiking plans for the summer, or even pull out your wedding seating list and give it another go. Looking towards the future and making plans can be a good way to combat cabin fever.
Remember That “Cabin Fever” Isn’t Forever
Being isolated Is tough and it gets boring. But remember, cabin fever isn’t forever and we’re all in this together!