AMHERST, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - Clinical Psychologist Tim Hope shared some tips on how to cope with cabin fever in the wintertime.
Dealing with Cabin Fever:
In winter, we have less exposure to light, more cold, wet, icy, or snowy days and fewer opportunities to easily enjoy the outdoors or go out and about. It takes more work and effort to prepare ourselves and our children to head outside than in the warmer months.
We and our children might feel restless, agitated, and symptoms that mimic depression--irritability, fatigue, and apathy.
What can we do about cabin fever?
Much of this can be cured with a change in perspective: yes, it is work to get bundled up, and most of the time we all end up enjoying ourselves sledding, throwing snowballs, or simply taking a walk and taking in the beautiful sight of our world blanketed with snow or ice crystals.
If we choose to stay in, then sometimes our children's imaginations could use a nudge in a fun direction, like putting on some fun summer music and throwing a dance party inside your home.
Try out a hobby, such as putting a puzzle together with your child, teach them to knit, or be inspired with your child and draw or paint or create something with clay.
Invite a friend over for your child or yourself. Sometimes having some fresh energy can be just the boost you needed.
Take a trip. You don't have to go far. There are fantastic museums in the area. The libraries have books, magazines, music and videos. Colleges have talks and family friendly activities. Or do go far and visit a warmer climate, like Florida or the Caribbean.
Remember: now that the new year has come, spring is only weeks away!