Another study revealed that exercise helps to improve “mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.” It can also help to reduce symptoms like low self-esteem and social withdrawal. One study by M.H.M.De Moor and associates found that working out on a daily basis “is cross-sectionally associated with lower neuroticism, anxiety and depression and higher extraversion and sensation seeking in the population.”
You can check out different home body-weight and cardio exercise videos and tutorials to get started immediately.
7. Relax and enjoy some alone time
Instead of getting engrossed in feelings of cabin fever, try to use this time to enjoy some much needed ‘me time.’ So take some time off from everything and just do things that you enjoy. Read a book. Watch a movie. Listen to music. Cook. Sleep. Whatever.
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson explains “Give yourself time “away” from others to relax.” You can also use this time to improve your mental health and practice meditation. “Mindfulness, deep breathing, and relaxation exercises may help you maintain your emotional health and balance feelings of isolation or frustration,” adds Dr. Wilson.
8. Seek help
Anxiety can often be the reason for symptoms of cabin fever. In case, you think that your symptoms are not getting better, make sure to talk to your loved ones and ask for help. Talking to a doctor or a mental health professional can help you get better.
UCLA psychologist David Bresler, PhD explains “People with persistent sleep difficulties may need medications or other appropriate treatments. When you’re sleep deprived, it can have serious consequences on your performance, including an increased risk of automobile accidents.”
Staying indoors to save lives
Being social is a natural instinct. Hence, social distancing and staying home for an extended period of time can certainly invoke feelings of cabin fever. However, it is crucial that we follow the guidelines laid down by local authorities and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
Dr. Wilson concludes “Whether you’re sheltering at home to avoid dangerous weather conditions or heeding the guidelines to help minimize the spread of disease, staying at home is often an important thing we must do for ourselves and our communities.”
Do what is necessary and keep your mind engaged to combat the feelings of isolation, claustrophobia, and cabin fever.
Stay inside. Stay safe.
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