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4 Steps for Overcoming Cabin Fever

Posted on February 4th, 2022

As we enter the third year of a global pandemic and the rise of a new variant, it is understandable that many of us are becoming restless and tired. Throw in the frosty winter, cold weather and dark days; experiencing a bit of cabin fever should be expected. However, here are a few ways you can make these gloomy days a little brighter!

1. Create a 'Thankful' list

Take some time to think and reflect on all of the good things in your life and in this world. Despite the hardship this season of life has brought many throughout the world, there is still a lot of good to be found. Dwelling on the good things rather than the bad can help you lift your spirits and remain hopeful for the future.

2. Rearrange or freshen up your space

Changing things up a bit in the space you are in can help refresh your mind and lighten the effects of cabin fever. It can be as simple as rearranging a piece of furniture, lighting a new candle, getting a new house plant to nurture or changing out your linens to something new!

3. Seek out 'intentional’ conversations

Thankfully, we live in a day and age where our loved ones are just a quick text or call away. Intentionally set out to connect with others in a safe manner. Maintaining social interactions with others has been proven to reduce stress and improve psychological well-being. Is there something you’d like to learn or develop? Seek out someone who knows about that thing and make a point of getting in touch with them. A busy mind is a happy mind!

4. Get some sunshine

Spend time soaking up the sun. Vitamin D has plenty of benefits for seniors, like preventing depression and strengthening bones. You might be surprised by how much an hour or two in the sun can lift your mood—plus, the sunrises of Western Canada are beautiful. Take a look at these sunrise photos by Edmonton photographer Luca Vanzella. CTV News reported on how his sunrise photos were featured by NASA. Congratulations, Luca!