Curbing Cabin Fever

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A vast majority of individuals and families are likely to experience cabin fever during this time of physical distancing and self-isolation. Have fun being stuck (or as I like to say “safe”) at home by participating in actives that you enjoy.

Here are some ideas to keep you and/or your family occupied at home:

  • Animal Cam. Watch wild animals on a live feed or listen to the different animal sounds in the background.
  • Ask a close friend to introduce you to someone they think you’re compatible with
  • Aroma therapy
  • Bake something yummy
  • Build a bird house
  • Burn some sage
  • Camp indoors
  • Create a collage
  • Create crafts or DIY projects around the house. Pinterest has some great ideas.
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Date night! Dress up and order in food or make a meal together
  • Dance to loud music
  • DIY Facials using products you may already have at home. Check out Pinterest for recipes.
  • Do a puzzle
  • Exercise
  • Family board game night
  • Family karaoke night
  • Family paint night. Follow this link for edible paint recipes
  • Garden. You can even start off by planting seeds indoors and repotting them later
  • Get some fresh air
  • Give each other a massage
  • Go for a drive – you don’t need to have a destination in mind
  • Go for counselling. Serenity offers telepsychology services, so you don’t need to leave your house
  • Have a controlled fire in your back yard
  • Have an indoor picnic
  • Have a spa night
  • Have a photoshoot
  • Have a tea party (or a virtual tea party)
  • Have a themed movie night
  • Hula hoop
  • Journal write your thoughts, feelings, and goals
  • Learn a new hobby or skill. For example, knitting or drawing. YouTube videos are great for this!
  • Learn a new instrument. There are several apps and YouTube videos to get you started, even if you don’t own an instrument
  • Learn to read sheet music
  • Learn a dance routine
  • Listen to audio books
  • Make Christmas Cards
  • Make a Halloween costume
  • Make some lemonade
  • Make Play Dough. Follow this link for an easy recipe
  • Marathon a movie series (my personal favorites are Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings trilogy)
  • Meditate
  • Organize your shelves, closets, and drawers
  • Online dating
  • Paint your fence or walls
  • Plan future activities and trips to look forward to
  • Pray
  • Read a book
  • Reenact a first date
  • Redecorate your house
  • Run through the sprinklers
  • Scrap book
  • Set up an inflatable pool in your yard
  • Spring cleaning: take this time to clean and reorganize. Rearrange the furniture and clean your appliances
  • Stargaze
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Take an online course
  • Take a walk
  • Talk to someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile
  • Teach your dog a new trick
  • Try out different recipes
  • Try to make each other laugh
  • Video chat with your friends or family
  • Virtual paint night with your friends or family
  • Virtual prayer groups
  • Watch your wedding video or a loved one’s wedding video
  • Write a letter to your future self
  • Write a song
  • Write short stories or poems
  • Write goals that you would like to accomplish for when you are free from self-isolation
  • Yoga (YouTube has great videos that you can stretch along to)

Self-isolation can be tough. Everyone has a point at which irritability peaks, and you find yourself amidst various emotions. Remember, you’re absolutely not alone and there’s a very good chance that a friend or family member is also going through similar emotions. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in booking a counselling session, please email nadia@serenitynowwellness.ca, or call (403) 454-7600. Nadia is also able to offer telepsychology services (counselling via phone or by video).

 

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