I am told Cabin Fever is not a measurable or diagnosed affliction. But, it is getting capitalized here like any true disease with a name because I believe it is real. I bet you know many, many fine folks who have fallen ill with this degenerative mood-altering ailment. What, with the snow, ice, rain, slush, mud and lack of sunshine, anyone is susceptible to fall under its evil spell.
Here is an unofficial definition: “A type of hysteria brought on by spending too much time indoors. Directly descended from long haul journeys where you are stuck in cramped conditions for too long.”
Hmm, how come it doesn’t mention winter? Have you ever heard the term “Cabin Fever” uttered in the summer? I’ll have to dig deeper…
I googled ‘cures for Cabin Fever’ and this New York Times page from the society/style section popped up. Well, this does not help. In fact, it makes me feel blue just thinking about those beautiful people all dressed to the nines painting the town red.
Next, I found lots of Cabin Fever cures for households with young kids. There are a bunch of inspired ideas here that include what to do with kids who have the “I’m bored blues.” They suggest getting vigorous physical exercise, doing arts and crafts, starting a hobby, listening to new music, playing games and making household tasks fun.
Child’s play makes a lot sense; let’s take a closer look and maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a cure (or at least some remedies):
Cabin Fever Ideas
Physical Exercise For some, shoveling snow will have to do. But, if you can get outdoors and onto the slopes or to the rink, winter sports are uplifting and fun. Have I mentioned how much I love skiing? Here are my 10 Ways to Ski on a Budget, and a DIY Eco Ice Skating Rink tradition my dad started in my family.
Arts and Crafts There are enough craft ideas right here to keep Cabin Fever at bay for a lifetime. Check out our Crafts and Design section for some awesome DIY ideas.
Start a Hobby I have been bitten with the knitting bug (you don’t have to go outside to catch this one), and I’ve shared many patterns with Care2 here. What’s your stuck-in-the-house hobby?
Listen to New Music Do you love discovering new musicians and bands? Mel interviewed guitarist, Derek Trucks a while back and he and his band are just amazing. Let me also suggest his wife, Susan Tedeschi’s music. This bluesy eco-couple will melodically drive Cabin Fever from your EcoNest in a heartbeat.
Play Games Hey, even adults like to play parlor games
Make Cleaning Fun You could compare yourself to Martha Stewart, but that might make you feel worse. So, why not listen to some tunes while cleaning. Better yet, make a non-toxic cleaning kit and add some pure and natural ingredients.
Got the blahs? Going bonkers? There are so many fun and healthy ways to avert a nasty case of Cabin Fever. For some, the only cure will be relocation to a warm, sunny tropical island in Caribbean. How do you cure Cabin Fever?