The North Country is no stranger to frigid, snowy weather, but during midwinter, you may find yourself spending copious amounts of time indoors. Differing from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) – which is a type of depression caused by many factors, such as serotonin and melatonin levels – cabin fever is a term that describes extreme irritability and restlessness from being confined to an indoor area for extended periods of time. Find relief from the effects of cabin fever this winter with these coping tips.
Find an Indoor Hobby
Cabin fever doesn’t always present with a high-intensity onset; it can cause irritability over the course of days, weeks and months. Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor activities available to keep you occupied during the cold season. From knitting to reading, practicing guitar to woodworking, taking up a hobby can help alleviate stress.
Another great way to bid cabin fever adieu is by burning off some energy. If the weather permits, consider going to the gym or taking an exercise class. If not, look for yoga or body weight workout videos online. Working out increases serotonin levels and other brain chemicals, boosts your energy, promotes better sleep and provides other benefits that can help you ward off cabin fever.
When it’s not snowing or below freezing, you should try to venture outside. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s UV rays help your body produce Vitamin D, which regulates mood fluctuations and offers a myriad of other health benefits. Consider going for a walk around your neighborhood or head to the slopes for skiing and snowboarding. Even shoveling your driveway after a snowstorm can prove beneficial.
Beat the Blues at Carthage Area Hospital
From special events to healthy cooking classes and beyond, Carthage Area Hospital offers a full range of classes and community programs that can help you combat cabin fever. To learn more, contact us today.