The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘cabin fever’ as “irritability, listlessness, and similar symptoms resulting from long confinement or isolation indoors during the winter.” Our winters aren’t as bad as other places in the country but when we get hit with big storms and -17° temperatures our roads can be treacherous and many people prefer to just stay home and be safe and warm. Colds and flus can also keep us homebound.
If we stay secluded it can start to cause feelings of ‘cabin fever’ and even depression. Not being able to get out and do the things we like to do can make us feel irritated and on edge for no apparent reason, we can end up feeling lethargic or simply unmotivated to do anything. It can be quite easy to succumb to the feeling of not wanting to go out and do things. So what can we do to keep the winter blues at bay? Do your best to be active every day. Make a list itemizing a specific task for each day of the week. Work on a hobby, do a puzzle, go through photographs, organise your paperwork, rearrange the furniture, start on spring cleaning, play a game. Get out in the fresh air as much as you can. Our weather isn’t treacherous for very long so make a lunch date, go to the library, the mall or the gym/recreation centre, an exercise class or walking group. Call someone to spend some time with, you may very well be helping them out of a slump as well. And remember, spring is right around the corner!
A Wellness Coach can also help with the winter blues, they can provide the support and accountability we sometimes need to get through difficult times. A massage will also help get the circulation moving and reduce stress. Massage is beneficial for both the body and the mind.