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9 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever

Posted by Wendell Woodson, March 23, 2020

We’re all feeling a bit claustrophobic lately, with social distancing and some people choosing to self-isolate at home. Hopefully the novel coronavirus situation will resolve before too long, and we can resume our normal lives. But in the meantime, some of us are feeling a bit of cabin fever. So, we put together a few suggestions for things you can do to combat anxiety and loneliness.

At-home yoga. If you can access YouTube (from a smart TV or other device) search for yoga programs that you can do at home. It’s okay if you’ve never tried it before; beginner yoga is designed for almost everyone.

Download ebooks. Many local libraries have decided to close, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up your love of reading. You can download ebooks to a tablet or other device, via Amazon or another online service.

Order books. If ebooks just don’t excite you, you can still order print books from websites like Amazon or Ebay. They also carry books of crosswords puzzles, sudoku, and other puzzles.

Put together a puzzle. Speaking of puzzles, a jigsaw puzzle can be a relaxing way to keep your mind engaged (and distracted from anxiety). Even better; you can frame them and essentially create your own decor.

Work in the garden. In most cases, there’s no need to isolate yourself strictly indoors. It’s still fine to work in your garden, and the fresh air and sunlight will do wonders for your mood.

Do other activities outside. Other activities on this list, such as yoga or reading, can be conducted outdoors also. A simple change of scenery can shift your mindset.

Video call friends and relatives. Yes, you can simply make phone calls, but video calling allows you to see your loved one’s face as you talk. It feels much more like an in-person conversation and can help you cope with loneliness.

Have food and other necessities delivered. Many more businesses are moving into the delivery market now. Order your favorite restaurant meal delivered, some wine or chocolate, or even fresh flowers to perk up your home’s ambiance. Just remember to wipe down packaging with cleaning wipes or use gloves before handling them.

Try online counseling. If you need help processing your feelings, remember that counseling can now be conducted online. Call your primary care physician for a referral, or conduct a quick online search for counselors who conduct virtual appointments.

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