5 Ways to treat winter-induced cabin fever

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com user ablasko

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.com user ablasko

As I look out my window while writing this post, I see snow (which will amount to about 5 inches according to local meteorologists) falling on top of what remains of the over two-feet of white stuff from the blizzard that hit our area two weeks ago.

Sigh.

I. Don’t. Like. Winter.

And I’m not too happy with that hack of a weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil, either. The oversized rodent was dead wrong when he said spring was on the fast track this year. Fraud.

Anyways, like many other people I know, the winter months test my patience. Just a few of the reasons why include:

    • It’s cold outside. – Enough said.
    • It’s inconvenient. – Meeting and event cancellations; impaired home office productivity when kids are home because school is canceled; inability to give your dog the exercise she needs (Speaking as dog mama to a 10-month-old pit bull pup, I can attest to the significance of this.)…
    • It’s time consuming. – Bundling up in bulky coats, gloves, and scarves; warming up the car; scraping ice and snow from the windshield…
    • It’s dangerous. – Snow drifting across back roads; icy sidewalks…
    • It’s unhealthy. – Colds, the flu, the winter blues…

But above all, the thing that’s most frustrating about winter is that it’s confining. Come February every year, I develop a textbook case of cabin fever. And this year has been no exception.

Fortunately, all is not lost.

While spring—with its warmer temperatures—is the only cure, I have found some quick fixes to temporarily relieve the symptoms of winter-induced cabin fever.

  • Find a really, really good book to read. – A REAL book. One made of paper and ink with pages you can touch and turn.
  • Work out. – Kick starting those endorphins and getting your blood pumping can do wonders for your attitude and ability to overcome the doldrums of winter.
  • Tease your brain. – Challenge your mind with a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or a solo game of Boggle. Don’t have any at home or in the office? Don’t sweat it—there are online versions of all of them.
  • Indulge in a guilty pleasure. – One of mine is watching episodes of Gilligan’s Island on DVD.
  • Plan your summer vacation. – Escape reality for a while by thinking ahead to warmer days and fun-filled nights.

So you see, even though that misguided groundhog got it all wrong this year and there’s no magical spell to fast-forward to April, you can find ways to make winter a wee bit more tolerable. Embrace the little things that can take the edge off of your cabin fever, think spring, and hang in there!

About Dawn Mentzer

Dawn Mentzer is a freelance writer based in the heart of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She works with marketing firms and businesses in a variety of industries all over the U.S. to help them accomplish their content marketing goals. Her specialties include blog content, website copy, and social media content. Besides serving her clients, Dawn offers tips, insight, and encouragement to small biz owners through her blog "The Insatiable Solopreneur." Connect with her on Linkedin, Google+, Twitter, and Facebook, and visit her website to learn more about her services.

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