Cabin Fever Revisited

By Bev,

With the extreme cold weather sweeping the country, I thought it about time to do a post on Cabin Fever again. I lifted this from Wikipedia, “first recorded in 1918, for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.” We had a post last year on Cabin Fever HERE.

Here is a checklist of symptoms:

1. Extremely irritable over an extended period of time and increasing.

2. Very restless over an extended period of time and increasing.

3. Very bored, even with things that used to interest you.

4. Sleeping more than usual.

5. Increasing distrust of those around you to the point of believing that they are plotting to harm you—paranoia.

Potential Antidotes:

1. Physical exercise.

2. Get out in nature (hard to do when the snow is deep and temps are freezing).

3. Change routines.

4. Present yourself and others with intellectual stimulation.

5. Increased doses of vitamins D & B12 could be helpful.

6. Loving touch (massage) could be helpful.

7. Recognition of the problem could be helpful.

I’ve been feeling the itch lately, so I’ve been throwing myself into sewing, making wire wrap jewelry, building birdhouses, and I got a set of oil paints from Santa, so I’ve been teaching myself to paint via YouTube videos. And I’ve even carved out a little place for myself upstairs, I call it my “creative loft”.

creative loft


What do YOU do when you are feeling restless and irritable in the winter?


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