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Tips for Curing Cabin Fever

cabin fever 2For half of the country we are dealing with unusual amounts of snow. I heard Nashville “ices.” Tell that to the few inches of snow outside my door and on my car. My yard doesn’t have a complete fence so I take my dog out on one of those long retractable leashes. She is a Bernese Mountain Dog and LOVES the snow. Where she goes, I go.

My roommate and my boyfriend (both separately) got cabin fever after one day of shut-in. I am use to being at home, so for me – so far – it hasn’t been too much of a problem.

But what can you do when you are shut-in and have no choice but to stay home.

  1. COLOR
    By now you’ve heard all about the adult coloring books and maybe even have one of your own. If you don’t, use some printer paper and an imagination and get to coloring. It can be a very tranquil, yet creative, form of expression. It takes time to color in all the intricacies of the designs in books. It keeps your mind focused.
    You have your favorites which you own and maybe you have Netflix. If not, there are plenty of movies to watch on YouTube. In fact, I think that Paramount Pictures released 100 movies to YouTube last year. Take your mind elsewhere – out of your frozen tundra. Watch a chick flick. Watch a thriller. Just get your mind off the idea that you are stuck at home.
    I like to talk. Anyone that knows me, knows that. Lately, I have been hypomanic and talking A LOT (and quite rapidly). Call your friends. Commiserate about the weather. Talk about how she is in sunny California and you are buried shin deep in snow. The point is to reach out to someone else and feel less alone.
    Sure it is 30 degrees outside, but if you are that sick of being indoors, take yourself (safely) out there. Walk around your neighborhood. Maybe take pictures of the beautiful snow or ice scenes you come across and upload them to Instagram. This can help you feel less confined to your home.

I know it can be hard for some people to be shut-in, while for a lot of us with social anxiety – it is a perfect reason to stay in our beds, but I encourage you to one of the four things mentioned at the very least.

You are okay. You will be okay. It is just snow and ice – both melt. Hang in there.


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Tips for Curing Cabin Fever

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2016). Tips for Curing Cabin Fever. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 4, 2020, from


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