It’s that time of year… cold, dark and no presents to look forward to. I’m leaving for work when it’s dark and coming back home when it’s dark and don’t really see much light during the day. So I have this cabin fever like feeling this time of year every year. This year around I’ve decided to remedy it with some simple things that create physical and emotional warmth. Here are my tips for dealing with the winter blues or cabin fever.
Create an oasis where you can hang out when you’re at home.
We spend most of our time together in the downstairs living room. It’s already got a fireplace, so I’ve added some throws and pillows, so those combined with my little movie theater style popcorn machine, photos, movies and my Kindle, the place is looking really cozy. You don’t have to spend loads of money on creating this space. I gathered up all our throws and throw pillows and brought them downstairs. Why have them decorated all over the house if this is the one place you need them right? So now when we’re home and downstairs, I could be cozily working away on my blog while watching some old favorite movies and hanging out with P & Luna.
Since health became a major focus area for me in 2018, I have learned that eating junk food has zero impact on the current blues, it just makes you feel worse later. So normally, I’d be stashing chocolates, bags of chips and pop in the oasis. Instead, I’ve gone for popcorn, a pretty healthy and delicious snack and tons of tea.
Have things to look forward to.
Having a plan always helps me feel good. Knowing what you’re going to do after work, or having a couple of things scheduled for the weekend – be it a coffee date with friends, a movie, yoga or a class. Something fun, something you enjoy. Along the same lines, having a trip to look forward to, or something fun a few weeks or months out also makes the blues better. Every time cabin fever kicks in, making plans for what’s coming up chases those blues away.