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Finding A Cure For Cabin Fever. Is There One?

Finding A Cure For Cabin Fever. Is There One?

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?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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4:26PM PST on Jan 8, 2011

In other words, just do something.

10:13PM PDT on Mar 17, 2010


10:10AM PDT on Mar 15, 2010

being bored is good! it gets creativity started!

8:48AM PST on Mar 10, 2010

Good ideas. Long hikes in warm clothes is always fun!

11:29AM PST on Mar 7, 2010

thanks for the comments

3:28AM PST on Mar 7, 2010

haha thanks i was really bored during winter being stuck inside

10:40AM PST on Mar 6, 2010

Cure for cabin fever,,,Spring! Thanks for the post.

12:39AM PST on Mar 6, 2010


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