Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D. explains “Not only does spending time outdoors boost your cognitive function, it may also help improve your mood, alleviate stress and boost feelings of well-being.” Taking a short walk can be highly beneficial. In case, going out is not a possibility, then spend some time near your window, patio, porch, balcony or terrace.
2. Follow a routine
Although you may not be able to stick to your previous routine while being house-bound, you can always create a new routine that will fit with your current lifestyle. Make sure to include all the necessary and leisurely activities in your schedule and follow that as closely as you can.
“You may not have a 9-to-5 job to report to while you’re isolated, but a lack of routine can cause disruptions in eating, sleeping, and activity,” explains Dr. Wilson. So make sure you create a routine that you can follow daily and include your work, chores, mealtimes, projects, exercise and downtime as well. Dr. Wilson adds “Having an outline for your day helps you keep track of the trajectory of your hours and gives you mini ‘goals’ to hit throughout the day.”
3. Set short-term goals
When you’re experiencing cabin fever, you may feel demotivated, lethargic and lazy. You may end up wasting a lot of time without accomplishing anything out of it. So it’s important that you set some simple daily and weekly goals that you can pursue. Track your progress and measure the level of accomplishment once complete. However, you need to set realistic and reasonable goals that you can achieve and succeed in. Reward yourself for every single accomplishment.
4. Be more social
You may not be able to meet your friends, go on a date or go to the movies during this pandemic, but you can still hang out with your friends online. Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D. writes “Use real-time video streaming services, like FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype, to chat with your friends, colleagues, and loved ones. Face-to-face chat time can keep you in contact with the ‘outside world’ and make even your small home feel a whole lot bigger.”
Moreover, talking with people who are experiencing the same thing as you are can help you share your thoughts and feelings, gain some new perspectives and find creative solutions.
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5. Get creative
Being isolated can be a good time to explore your creative talents. If you used to paint or draw or play a musical instrument or had any creative interests earlier, then this is the perfect time to restart. Get back to your creative passions and hone your skills. This can be beneficial in multiple ways. According to a 2019 study by Radwa Khalil, Ben Godde, and Ahmed A. Karim, being creative “is one of the gateways for achieving fabulous success and remarkable progress in professional, personal and social life.”
Another 2018 study by James Kaufman reveals that “Existing studies suggest that higher levels of creativity may enable people to have more meaning in their life and to be happier.”
Dr. Wilson suggests “Use your time in isolation to reconnect with creative activities that you’ve had to put on hold because life got too busy. Spending time on creative activities keeps your brain busy. Keeping your mind occupied and engaged may help ward off feelings of boredom or restlessness and make the time pass more quickly.”
When you can’t leave the house and start feeling the effects of cabin fever, starting to exercise can be a great way to deal with it. Regular physical exercise can help you channel your excess energy and make you feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. A 2006 study showed that “There is incontrovertible evidence that regular physical activity contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of several chronic diseases and is associated with a reduced risk of premature death.”