How Do You Conquer Cabin Fever?

When the weather is bad and you have to stay inside, a little of it goes a long way to getting you into the groove of cabin fever, especially if you’re normally on the go. You can conquer cabin fever and learn to enjoy every minute of being stuck inside when you have an armory of things to do. Some of those things are the little tasks you’ve been putting off for a while, like cleaning a drawer or two…maybe even the closet. The sense of accomplishment will make you forget all about the bad weather outside. It’s easier to do this if you have a special list created of jobs that you’d like to do if you had extra time.

Working out doesn’t have to take place in the gym.

You can workout at home on those nasty days and you don’t need any equipment. Body weight exercises and calisthenics are good for all types of fitness, strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. If you want to keep a handy tool available that doesn’t take much storage space, consider getting resistance bands. They’re good for strength building, but can be used many different ways. A yoga pad or even a thick area rug you keep specifically for workouts can also make the workout more comfortable. Ask your trainer for a workout you can do at home, just in case, or for those days that going to the gym is impossible.

Get a workout moving furniture or shovel the walk.

This is one of my favorites to do when I have time. I enjoy changing things up a bit and sometimes it’s just a matter of moving a sofa or a chair. When you move things around, get the vacuum out and clean the area thoroughly. That is also good exercise. If the roads are bad, you can still go outside and shovel the walk. While it may be snowy in the morning again, it won’t take as much to clean them again.

Look for healthy recipes and try a few.

This could be the time you’ve been hoping to have to tackle some healthy cooking. If you have a favorite dish, find a way to make it healthier or learn new healthy recipes and experiment with them. You don’t even have to go to the grocery, make it a challenge to use the ideas and create a dish of your own with food you have available. It can be quite challenging and if the dish doesn’t taste that great—you’ll know what doesn’t work!

  • Frolic in the snow. Remember when you were a kid and the snow meant snowball fights, snow angels and snow forts. Have fun and enjoy the winter wonderland outside.
  • Set new goals. Take a long look at where you are and where you want to be. Use the time to create some new goals that are well thought out and not rushed.
  • Try out a new hobby. If you have yarn on hand and knitting needles, it’s time to start learning. Painting furniture or even doing online games can get you excited and out of the funk.
  • Call a friend or family member you haven’t had time to connect with for a while. That contact can help both of you.

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