5 Ways to Decrease the Feeling of Cabin Fever

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After a certain amount of time of being locked up in your house you are going to get a little cabin fever. What is cabin fever? The definition is: “irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.” Believe me; it is a real thing and it can drive even the sanest and introverted person bonkers!

With writing from home being my main career I spend a good 90% of my work week inside my house typing away at a computer. While I love what I do and wouldn’t change it for the world there does come a point where I’m incredibly sick of the small little house I call home. The days my boyfriend have off I’m persistently pushing us to go DO something while all he wants to do is relax and rest (which makes me want to murder him while he sleeps).

All jokes aside, cabin fever can get to the point of causing depression, fatigue, and an irritability that is hard to get rid of. If you find yourself getting these emotions or having the beginning stages of cabin fever here are a few things I have started doing that have drastically helped my state of mind and productivity.

Open all curtains (and windows if the weather is nice)
Staring at a computer screen for hours on end is not good for your eyesight (believe me; sometimes I’ll look up and get foggy eyes). This is also true with fake lights…light bulbs to be more specific! Natural daylight not only brightens up the place but it really can help lighten the mood. Same goes with outdoor air (aka nature). The outdoors is exponentially helpful to our mind and body. If it is a little too cold to have windows open then make sure to give yourself breaks where you sit outside for a few minutes at a time.
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Organize your space
Cleaning in general is good for the spirit. I am one of those odd ducks who truly loves organizing and cleaning my house (I know, I know; I’m weird). Even if you don’t like cleaning you SHOULD organize your personal space! A clean house really does equal a clean mind and, if you are spending ample time in your home, a clean space will do a world of wonders.

Not only will this get you up and moving but you can move things around that are aesthetically pleasing to your eye. If you have to spend hours in one spot then you want to enjoy being in that spot. Spruce up the area with your favorite candles, flowers, and books! Cleaning doesn’t just mean doing dishes; it can also be organizing your favorite things in a way that brings you joy.

Get out of the house
This is one of the biggest tips I can give you that is so incredibly simple at lifting that veil of insanity. Go to your favorite coffee shop, buy a couple groceries, go to the gym, or just walk around the block a couple of times. Sometimes we get so busy we forget that our sanity is necessary for living! Give yourself a break and go do anything to get out of the house. If you are slumped in the house due to illness then simply walk around the house a couple of times (it can actually help the healing process).

When we lay around all day that is when fatigue and depression start to sink in and cloud our better judgement.

Stimulate your brain
Listen to a podcast, read a book, play a video game. While our bodies get bored and antsy it is more of our brain that gets cabin fever. Whether it be sitting down or moving; find a hobby that you not only enjoy but requires some thought process. Personally I’ve been into listening to podcasts while I do menial chores or taking a chunk of time to read a book.

Call a friend
Above all make sure to get out of your secluded state. I love alone time but too much of it is not good for our health. When you feel yourself getting down or just completely bored then call up a friend or family member! In addition to brightening up their day it also gets you talking to other human beings (as opposed to the cat that you’ve been talking to…no?...just me?).


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