It Is That Time Of Year…Cabin Fever Time
Feeling cooped up, isolated, and restless? you may have caught a case of cabin fever.
Growing up, when my brother and I squabbled too much during the winter months, my Mom would say "we had cabin fever". I never thought that it was a real thing, but it is! According to verywell.com...
Some experts believe that cabin fever is a sort of syndrome, while others feel that it is linked to such disorders as seasonal affective disorder and claustrophobia. Cabin fever is ultimately rooted in intense isolation, which may reach the level of a specific phobia.
Symptoms of Cabin Fever...
- Sadness or depression
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of patience
- Food cravings
- Decreased motivation
- Social Isolation
- Difficulty waking
- Frequent napping
- Changes in weight
- Inability to cope with stress
One should be aware that these symptoms could be part of another disorder so it is a good idea to take to your doctor to find out exactly what is going on. It is a good idea to have a professional help you cope with the symptoms of cabin fever, but if they are mild here are a couple tips to help you through this time...
- Get Out of the House - If you are housebound, this may not always be possible. But if you are able to go outside, even for a short time, take advantage of that opportunity. Exposure to daylight can help regulate the body's natural cycles, and exercise releases endorphins, creating a natural high. Even a quick stroll can help you feel better quickly. If you are not able to leave the house at all, get close to a window and start moving around.
- Maintain Normal Eating Patterns - For many of us, a day stuck at home is an excuse to overindulge in junk food. Others skip meals altogether. However, eating right can increase our energy levels and motivation. You may feel less hungry if you are getting less exercise, but monitor your eating habits to ensure that you maintain the proper balance of nutrition. Limit high-sugar, high-fat snacks and drink plenty of water.
- Set Goals - When you are stuck in the house, you may be more likely to while away the time doing nothing of importance. Set daily and weekly goals, and track your progress toward completion. Make sure that your goals are reasonable, and reward yourself for meeting each milestone.
- Use Your Brain - Although TV is a distraction, it is also relatively mindless. Work crossword puzzles, read books, or play board games. Stimulating your mind can help keep you moving forward and reduce feelings of isolation and helplessness.
Try some of the tips above, I found them to be extremely helpful. And remember, winter ends on March 3rd!