Take Control of Cabin Fever
5 Easy Steps to Cure Your Winter Blues
Long, blustery winter months have kept you indoors for too long. You’re feeling isolated, restless and bored, and wishing for spring days to come. You’ve got cabin fever and you’ve got it bad. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take today to help alleviate your winter blues.
- Kick things off with a good walk. Stepping outside clears your mind and improves your mood. Don’t walk with your phone out. Change your perspective and become aware of your surroundings – walk down a new street in town, gaze at the beautiful wood carvings on the building you’ve failed to notice or pick up a conversation with Old Man Joe at the coffee shop. Take it all in. Adding a 30-minute walk to your day can help improve your thinking, learning and judgement skills, minimize depression and aid in boosting your creativity and productivity.
- Try something new! Grab your local newspaper to check local activities happening around town. Is there a cultural festival you remember hearing about in the break room? How about free dance lessons? Whether you’re learning something new or experiencing new traditions, studies show that people who try new things are more likely to retain positive memories rather than negative ones.
- You know what they say: Out with the old and in with the new! Declutter and shed off the bad vibes. Spring cleaning can truly boost your productivity and inspire you to create something beautiful in your home. Open the windows, dust off those shelves, hang that picture, and rearrange your living room. You can even donate your unwanted items to those in need.
- Call up a friend to chat or set a date to grab a bite to eat. Psychologists have stated that connecting with friends or loved ones lowers stress, adds years to your life, prevents dementia, and can help you stick to good habits. Catch up on old conversations and boost your mood at the same time.
Plan a weekend trip away. There’s nothing like leaving everything behind and escaping to an unknown city. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, RLHC always has your back by providing a safe, comfortable and affordable stay. Download and sign up for Hello Rewards on your phone for unbelievable savings and hotel packages. You never know what you’ll discover!
“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous