Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, recently spoke about cabin fever. He acknowledged the difficulty of life stuck at home without end. “Cabin fever is an accompanying affliction to coronavirus,” He said. “It manifests in feelings of isolation, mood swings, resentment toward others, and irrational outbursts. And it also threatens the Constitution’s aim of domestic tranquility.”
Cabin Fever is not an unfamiliar term. Anyone who has lived through a long winter season up north has experienced its symptoms. Cabin fever is a syndrome is linked to claustrophobia, rooted in intense isolation, which may reach the level of a specific phobia.
Many people are experiencing cabin fever from the social distancing many of us are following because of COVID-19. If you are feeling irritable or restless, you have a case of Cabin Fever. Other experienced effects are lethargy, sadness or depression, trouble concentrating, lack of patience, food cravings, decreased motivation, changes in sleep patterns, frequent napping, weight changes, and being stressed out.
It is essential to state that these symptoms can arise from more severe disorders that require diagnosis and treatment from a trained mental health professional. Cabin Fever is also best treated with the help of a therapist or other mental health professional.
If your symptoms are mild, though, there are things you can do to feel better. Consider this list of suggestions:
- Get outside. A run or a walk in the sun can help.
- If you can’t leave the house, sit close to a window to get natural lighting.
- Maintain a normal nutritious diet. Don’t overindulge in junk food or skip meals. Limit high-sugar, high-fat snacks, and drink plenty of water.
- Establish a routine. Set daily and weekly work goals for yourself and track your progress.
- Limit your TV input. Games and puzzles will stimulate you and reduce feelings of isolation and helplessness.
- Exercise, exercise, and exercise more. Burn off all that extra energy you have from remote working at your home office all day. Workout videos, bodyweight workouts, and online workout routines can inspire you.
- Read a superb novel or non-fiction to stimulate your imagination.
- Tackle a home improvement project.
- Connect with others by phone or video call.
- Connect with your neighbors – especially the elderly who may need help and conversation.
- Look for novel ways for you, and our colleagues can work more effectively. Seek new technologies and services that can help you achieve goals faster and multiply your efforts. New projects are exciting!
Need more ideas? Here are a few articles you will find useful:
- The Washington Post: My husband’s at home with 3 boys, and coronavirus cabin fever is setting in. How can I help?
- Do604: Cure Your Cabin Fever
- Crayola: Free Coloring Pages
- Clevland Clinic: Cures for COVID-19 Cabin Fever
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I wish you, your families, and colleagues continued safety and health.
Vice President of Marketing
Director, Social Media Marketing Consulting Group
CRE Collaborative Inc.