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Trapped: Relieving Cabin Fever

cabin feverI live on the East Coast where we saw more snow, sleet, and ice this week. I don’t know about you, but I am really over winter weather. That got me thinking about cabin fever as I was trapped at home yet again. There are a few things you need to keep in mind when you are stuck at home – be it because of the weather or another reason.

Just because you are “trapped” remember that you are not isolated. Pick up the phone and reach out to someone. Nothing can make me feel more valuable faster than a chat with a friend or family member. Plus there is Skype and Google Hangouts and, no doubt, a ton of other video chatting options available. FOR FREE. So if you need more that a familiar voice, try a familiar face.

Another really important thing to be aware of is your medication supply. There is nothing worse than to be stuck without your meds. Be sure not to wait to the last minute to fill your prescriptions or call in your refills. Before our last big snowstorm I was sure to pick-up my med refills a couple of days early to avoid being unable to get to the pharmacy and I am glad I did because I was stranded in mi casa for a few days.

When you do get the opportunity, get out. Take a quick trip to the grocery store, grab a coffee with a friend, go for a walk. Loneliness is a horrible feeling and getting out will remind you that you are part of the great, big world out there. Interacting with other people is important – even that quick chat with the sales associate is important. It reminds us that we are seen and heard and not alone.

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Trapped: Relieving Cabin Fever

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Trapped: Relieving Cabin Fever. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 31, 2020, from


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