Curing cabin fever

Most likely you are in your home right now. If you’ve been feeling restless or experiencing cabin fever, you’re not alone. It can be hard to adjust to this new, temporary normal, so we’ve come up with a list of six ways to help you beat cabin fever.

  1. Get some fresh air: Throw open the windows, feel the breeze, and take in the sun. If you are able to go outside, then going for a walk, run, or bike ride can help clear your head.
  2. Get your heart rate up: If you are cooped up in your home, do some cardio or strength training. There are lots of at home workouts available on YouTube that you can try.
  3. Learn something new: Have you always wanted to learn how to hand letter? Maybe there’s a recipe you’ve been waiting to try. Well, now is the perfect time to start a new hobby! According to the Harvard Business Review, learning something new can lower the negative effects of stress.
  4. Set goals: Whether you want to paint the kitchen or finish a book, achieving a goal is a good feeling. Try setting daily or weekly goals for your new hobby or those house projects. Goal-setting can help you recognize priorities, improve decision-making skills, and increase productivity.
  5. Engage your brain: Games. Puzzles. Books. Documentaries. All these activities are engaging or educational (or both). Moving physically is important, but so is exercising your brain. Your memory, reasoning, and attention skills could improve from this.
  6. Reach out to others: This is a great time to call family members you haven’t seen in a while or connect with old friends from college. Social connection has many benefits: physical, psychological, emotional, and more. With technology at our fingertips, connecting has never been easier.

It can be hard to spend time inside or away from other people, so we hope these ideas inspire you to be creative. And, if you have more to add to our list, we’d love to hear your ideas, too.

Topics: Featured, Tips for Seniors

Amy Weiss

Written by Amy Weiss

Walker Methodist storyteller and marketing assistant

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