Coping With Cabin Fever During a Long Winter

  • February 15, 2021
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House Covered in snow

Although brighter days are ahead, it looks to be a rather long winter. The term cabin fever takes on new meaning during a pandemic. We’re stuck indoors more than a typical winter. Worrying, feeling uncertain and isolated, not seeing family and friends as often or at all — it all adds up. Some days are better than others. Here area few simple ways to add a bit of normalcy to every day.

  • Stay on a regular schedule. Sticking with routines can be reassuring during the long winter. Go to bed and get up at set times. Eat meals at your usual times.
  • Carve out time to relax. Make time for quiet time, even if it’s 20 to 30 minutes a day. Deep breathing, meditation, stretching, a warm bath, a good book.
  • Rearrange your surroundings. Redecorate and/or rearrange your living rooms and workspaces for a nice change. Add new photos to your view.
  • Connect with your support network. Sharing your feelings with friends and family may help you feel better. Your support will help them, too.
  • Stay active and keep moving. If you can, go for a walk or a bike ride. If you can’t get outside, look for online exercise classes or put on some music and dance.

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