The Best Ways to Fight Cabin Fever

When the holiday season is over and the heart of winter hits, it’s hard not to come down with a case of cabin fever. The chilly weather, harsh winds and decrease in sunlight make it easy to stay cooped up inside — and that’s enough to make anyone restless!

But don’t let winter get you down. There are plenty of ways to have fun and be productive during the coldest parts of the year. Check out our tips making boredom a thing of the past this winter.

Focus on Self Improvement

With all the time you’ll be spending indoors, you ought to use it to improve yourself and the space around you. Check out our tips for using your winter downtime to make your life better.

Tackle a new hobby. Challenge yourself to try new things and keep your mind busy. Whether you’ve always wanted to learn to cook, or aspire to write your first short story, winter is the perfect time to get started! Time will fly, making cabin fever a thing of the past.

Get back in the habit of exercising. While the dreary weather might make you feel like laying on the couch all day, you’ll feel a lot better if you get to the gym and sweat out your cabin fever. And once the warmer weather comes around, you’ll be glad you worked hard on your health.

Take on a home project. There’s no better time of year to start a home improvement project than in the dead of winter. You’ll be stuck inside anyway, so why not make the most of it? Paint your walls, remodel the master bathroom, refresh the carpets — come spring, you’ll have a whole new home to enjoy.

Clean the house. Adding a messy home to the host of other dreary conditions can have a serious effect on your mood, so take out the trash, clean up any random items laying around your house and keep your counters tidy regularly. A clean space is a happy space!

Winter Entertaining Ideas

Socializing is a great way to fight the winter blues, so do your best to hang out with friends or family often. And with a little preparation, your get-togethers can turn into a regular event that everyone looks forward to.

Start a club. One way to make sure you’ll get together on a regular basis? Start a weekly club. Play board games or cards, take turns making dinner for your group of friends, start a book club — whatever you and your pals are interested in!

Find reasons to celebrate. When you’re in a winter rut, why not throw a “just because” party? There’s no reason to follow the calendar to a T, so make up your own holiday and add some excitement to an otherwise dull season. Who knows, it could become a new tradition that you look forward to every year.

Entertain yourself. You don’t need to get everyone to together to have a good time — there are plenty of individual activities that can keep you busy when you’re stuck in the house. Diving into a good book, binge-watching a new T.V. series on your favorite video-streaming service, or watching classic movies that you never got around to are good ways to pass time.

Plan for the future. You can set yourself up to enjoy the warmer months even more by planning vacations or weekend trips now — that way, you’ll relieve yourself of the stress that comes with planning a getaway without a lot of time to spare. Plus, it’ll give you and your family something exciting to look forward to.

Enjoy the Outdoors — Even in the Winter

Just because it’s cold, windy and downright dreary doesn’t mean you can’t still appreciate everything nature has to offer. Take a look at our tips for enjoying the environment during the snowy season.

Savor the snow. There are so many winter activities that can keep you moving like skiing, snowshoeing, or even just building a snowman. So bundle up and step outside! Just be sure to have hot cocoa on hand to warm you back up.

Feed the birds. If your area gets below freezing temperatures on a regular basis, birds might have a hard time finding the seeds and other sources of food they survive on. Set up a bird feeder, research the kinds of birds in the area and their diets, and fill those feeders to the brim!

Up the green space. Consider adding some house plants to your décor and keep your home full of life even on the coldest of days. You’d be surprised at the effect green plants have on your mood.

Pay It Forward

Help those in need. Make this your season for giving by spending any extra time volunteering for a local nonprofit, animal shelter or nursing home. You’ll help make your community a better place and leave each time feeling fulfilled. Take that, cabin fever!

Reduce the clutter. Have old clothes that don’t fit anymore? Too many glasses in the cupboard? Go through your home and find things you’ve outgrown or just plain don’t need anymore. Donate them to a charity — you’ll be clearing out valuable space in your house and helping someone in need at the same time.

Clear the snow. If you have any older neighbors that have a hard time shoveling their walkways or driveway, lend them a hand and take care of it for them. They’ll appreciate your care for their safety, and you’ll get some exercise while you’re at it.

No matter how low the temperatures get this winter, incorporate these activities into your day and keep the cabin fever at bay. And while you’re out and about or cozied up on the couch, make sure your insurance policy is protecting you from the unexpected by getting in touch with an American Family Insurance agent.

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