5 Ways To Avoid Experiencing Cabin Fever During Self-Isolation
Before you jump to any conclusions and decide that what you are doing through is a medical issue, know that cabin fever is not a recognized psychological issue. It is a term that is used to refer to the negative feelings and distress that occur when we have been stuck at home for longer than a couple of hours or days.
Cabin fever is most likely to occur when we are self-isolating and social-distancing, such as during the current pandemic, which is happening due to the new COVID-19 outbreak. Often people make a mistake to refer to cabin fever as plain boredom when that is not true.
Five ways on how to avoid cabin fever during self-isolation
Cabin fever can have a negative impact on our everyday life. But since it is not recognized as a psychological disorder, there is no treatment for it. Instead, we have a wide spectrum of coping techniques that we hope will help you during these difficult times.
Spend time outside if possible
There is no denying the fact that connecting with nature can have an extremely good impact on your mental health. It has even been scientifically proven. Spending time outdoors can help reduce stress and improve your mood.
We understand that during times like these, spending time outdoors might not be an option. Those who are struggling with a chronic disease or have tested positive for the new COVID-19 are instructed to stay home and practice self-isolation and social-distancing. As for others, try going on a quick walk provided that you are keeping at least 2 meters distance from the people around you and avoid any physical contact with them. Or try opening your windows for at least an hour a day to let some fresh air inside your home and sitting by the window to get some sun and some much-needed Vitamin D.
Create a routine for yourself
Just because you are not required to go to your usual 9 to 5 job, that does not mean that you should not have some kind of a routine. Try creating a daily routine that would include you doing some cleaning and cooking as well as working from home if that is an option. Create some goals that you want to accomplish daily. Perhaps that would be to do a workout or read ten pages from your new book.
Keep in touch with your loved ones
Social-distancing can be hard. But you can use the power of technology for good. During your daily routine, try to schedule a call to a loved one. Use real-time video streaming services or simply give them a phone call to check-in and let them know how you are doing. This might be the perfect time to reach out to people that you have forgotten about and make sure that they are safe.
Revisit an old and forgotten hobby
Did you used to make a scrapbook with your vacation photos, but you have somehow forgotten about it with all of the work and school-related commitments that you have had going on? Maybe it is time to finally get back to arraigning that stack of old photos. Or maybe you once loved reading but then failed to find enough time to read more. Now is the time to go through those books sitting on your coffee table, waiting to be read. Perhaps it is your new cookbook that you would like to read and find a delicious recipe for tonight’s dinner.
Regular physical activity has some great effects when it comes to tone our body and to get us those lean and tight muscles. But did you know that physical activity also has a long line of health benefits as well? One of those health benefits is its ability to lower the levels of the stress hormone – cortisol, thus relieving any stress that we have been struggling with.
Not to worry – just because you are stuck at home, that does not mean that all hope is lost. There are thousands of exercises that you can do right from the comfort of your home, without any equipment necessary. Find some useful videos online or download a free app on your phone and start moving your body. We would recommend trying yoga as one of the best physical activities to lower stress, improve your mood, and improve your overall well-being.
These are certainly some scary and difficult times for all of us. It is no surprise that many of us are dealing with cabin fever as a result, which is, in fact, the last thing that we need right now. If you would like to avoid experiencing the symptoms of cabin fever, then we recommend trying our five coping techniques that hopefully would keep you busy and distracted, thus preventing cabin fever.
Written by The Original PC Doctor on 11/4/2020.