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Beating Cabin Fever

Updated on December 16, 2016

The Winter Blues

Cabin fever is a problem for many people in the winter. The snow and cold weather traps us inside and can start to make us feel claustrophobic. It’s important to find ways to keep ourselves busy and beat the winter blues. Ideally, it’s great to get away for a couple of weeks to somewhere warm and sunny. Of course, this isn’t an option for everyone, and we still have to find a way to survive the rest of the winter! Everyone has their own ways to cope with the snowy, cold days, but here’s some suggestions if you’re looking for new ideas to beat cabin fever.

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Start a Project

One of the best ways to keep yourself busy this winter is to start a new project. Find somewhere in your home that you want to improve and set about doing it. This doesn’t have to mean a major (and expensive!) renovation. There are endless DIY projects that are inexpensive and will give your home a spruce. Anything from stenciling designs onto doorframes or walls to covering the shelves of your linen closet can work. If you’re new to DIY home improvement, start with something small until you build confidence.

You can also work on organizing a room or area of your house that is cluttered. Clearing through old junk that has piled up can be a great catharsis and really boost your mood if you’re feeling down. It’ll keep you busy for a few days and at the end, you’ll look over your hard work and feel great!

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Here's a book that will give you a DIY project for every day of the year. That's more than enough options to keep yourself busy over winter. Take the ideas as they are, or get creative and adapt them to suit your needs!


Seasonal Affective Disorder

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NatureBright SunTouch Plus Light and Ion Therapy Lamp (package may vary)

Some people struggle with the winter more than others because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Simply finding something to keep yourself busy with isn’t always enough to help with getting through the winter months. If you’re struggling with SAD, one thing that might help is a lamp to simulate sunlight. When used regularly, these lamps can help improve your winter experience so you don’t dread it quite so much. Of course, you should still find a way to keep yourself busy so that you aren’t thinking about winter so much. After all, focussing on what you don’t like is a sure fire way to make it worse. But a sun-lamp should help you enormously.


Find a New Hobby

A tried and tested method of dealing with cabin fever is to start a new hobby (or go back to an old one). There’s no limit to the possibilities here. You just have to find the hobby that’s right for you. This could be cooking (or baking), woodworking, knitting or sewing, scrapbooking, or any other crafty project. You might take up writing or start a blog. You could even dedicate yourself to learning a new language (that would certainly keep you busy!). You could also start a new form of exercise, like yoga or a team sport.

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Be a Bookworm

Reading is a great way to pass the time. If you’re a reader, you probably have a shelf full of books you’ve been meaning to get around to. Winter is the perfect time to conquer that giant pile! If you don’t have a stash of books already laying around, you can do some online shopping or, if you’re on a budget, head to your local library. Find out what the latest trending books are online and pick up a copy, or tackle some of the classics that you’ve always meant to get around to reading. Whatever your tastes are, you’ll never run out of reading material, so it’s a perfect winter activity. Curl up with a warm drink, a blanket, and a good story.

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This is an amazing assorted set of classic novels. You'll find a little bit of everything here, which is sure to please any reader. If you've always wanted to try the classics but weren't sure where to start, this is the perfect set for you. You may not like every book in it, but at this price, it's well worth a few extra books on your shelf. The amazing stories in this set will keep you busy all winter!



Getting your body moving is one of the best ways to keep yourself energized and feeling good. If you're not a fan of going outside in the winter, there's plenty of ways to get exercise inside. Joining a gym is an obvious choice, and one of the best methods. It's not for everyone, though. If you have the money and space, get a treadmill. You don't have to start running marathons on it; just a half hour or an hour a day of walking at a good pace will help to boost your mood and energy. You can also find some great exercise videos on youtube that will get your heartrate going.


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