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10 Sure-fire ways to cope with cabin fever

February 6, 2017

It’s cabin fever season here in the northeast. Everyone is tired of winter and ready for spring. I have it easier than most since I am an indoor person by nature, but even I get restless this time of year and have trouble with motivation.

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How to cope?

  1. Relive historic sports moments. The Patriots won the Super Bowl. Again. Bask in how awesome it is to be a Patriot’s fan. Watch highlights of the game while wearing your team shirt and eating nachos. Think about how training camp starts in only 20 weeks.
  2. Watch “Magnum PI” on Netflix. It is funny and Tom Selleck is in his prime, looking boss in those outdated ultra-short shorts. And of course the setting of Hawaii is just what you need to imagine living in paradise.
  3. Get a spray tan. Then make up a story about where you went to get your ‘tan.’ See number 2. Hawaii.
  4. Pretend you are at the beach (in Hawaii). Turn up the heat and walk around in your bathing suit showing off your spray tan.
  5. Have a picnic. Plan a menu of grilled burgers, chips, macaroni salad, and Shock Top Lemon Shandy (the only summer beer in the cooler right now). When you give thanks for your meal, give an extra shout out to God for the absence of flies, ants and wasps.
  6. Build a snowman. Then unleash your inner beast and tear out his beady little eyes, throw his carrot nose as far as you can, and pummel him with a shovel until Frosty is a jolly, happy pile of useless s**w. Don’t forget warrior screams while you engage in this therapeutic activity.
  7. Clean up doggy doo from the yard. It is easy to see against the white background and since you feel like doo, you might as well collect some.
  8. Sleep. Never underestimate the power of the power nap to help pass the time while you wait for spring. Depression is so much more tolerable when you don’t resist it.
  9. Eat more carbs. It may not be a long-lasting energizer, but for a few minutes you will feel better.
  10. Go to your favorite travel site, and price out a trip. To Hawaii. Or you could do what Patrick and I do, and take a seven-mile trip to South Brewer. The change of scenery really does us a lot of good, and we save so much money.

How do you cope with cabin fever?

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Molly Stevens

Molly Stevens blogs at www.shallowreflections.com where she shares lighthearted writings about things that (mostly) don’t matter. She writes about a variety of topics, from her love affair with white potatoes, to why she saves user manuals. She tries to appeal to all ages, but since she looks through eyes that are 60 plus years old, her viewpoint is naturally clouded….by budding cataracts. She races to keep up with her younger husband, her son, daughter-in-law and two perfect grandsons. She pays the bills by working as a registered nurse, but fantasizes about a second career as a writer.

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10 Responses to 10 Sure-fire ways to cope with cabin fever

  1. Bill Spencer
    February 7, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Why not make a “snowman” INSIDE out of white potatoes?

    • February 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      That would be a great idea, Bill, if I didn’t love white potatoes so much. I fear my snowman would be gobbled up in no time!

  2. February 7, 2017 at 2:16 am

    I’m not into sports, and Tom Selleck doesn’t do much for me (although his car does) … I’m basically left picking up poops and dreaming of Hawaii.

    • February 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

      That’s a good place to start, Mark. I think you’ve got the spirit of overcoming cabin fever.

  3. February 6, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I step outside my apartment, on the first floor of the 20-story co-op building where I live, and check to see if there is a package for me in front of my apartment door. If I see someone I know, I strike up a conversation. If I am feeling particularly energetic, I bring a load of laundry downstairs to the laundry room and wash it, and/or go to the mailbox and check to see if I have any mail.

    Exciting, huh?

    • February 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      You have brought the mundane to the sublime, Kathy! I think you know a thing or two about cabin fever.

  4. February 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Alcohol is my go-to remedy. Everything gets a nice soft edge, and I simply don’t care as much that I haven’t been out of the house for a week.

    • February 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      You bring up a valid point, Roxanne. A well stocked liquor cabinet can erase the memory of cabin fever. LOL.

  5. February 6, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I like the dog poop one. Poopcicle retrieval is like finding hidden treasure in the ice and snow and oh so easy to pick up!

    • February 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I love your attitude, Donna. I can tell you are not only going to make it through this winter, you are going to thrive!

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