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Fight Cabin Fever with These Indoor Activities
Has all this winter weather got you feeling a bit antsy? That’s understandable, especially with Central PA receiving record snowfall and polar vortexes. Even those who typically love to snuggle up by the fire may find themselves yearning to stretch their legs a bit. Well, the groundhog may have predicted another six weeks of winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to alleviate the boredom.
Bring the Outside In
Plants that bloom in the winter are a great way to help fight those winter blues
Nothing reminds us that winter ends better than some fresh flowers. There are many varieties that bloom either in the dead of winter or periodically throughout the year. Christmas cacti are a great way to get a boost mid-winter. Additionally, peace lilies tend to bloom, die off, and then bloom again, with very little regard for the weather outside. I think mine have bloomed three times this winter!
If that doesn’t quite get you going, cut flowers are always in abundance. Of course, they won’t last as long as a plant, but they do serve to add some colorful cheerfulness to help fight those winter blues.
Make a Date
You don’t have to go out to get tuned into each other. If you and your significant other have been missing out on some moonlit walks or country-road strolls, there’s no reason to continue feeling left out. Date night is a great idea, and a little creativity means you don’t even have to leave the house.
One thing my hubby and I first did when we moved was sit down to eat. We didn’t actually have anything, no table, chairs or plates. I had gotten it into my head that it would be romantic to have a picnic before all of our stuff got there and we had to unpack, like they do in movies. Well, romantic it may not have been, but it was a boatload of fun.
After dinner, romantic or not, take a trip back to your youth. That’s right, it’s fort time baby! Get started on turning your living room into a camping trip. Change your living room into a tiny, secluded area just for you and your partner, then settle in for your favorite movie. Or flip a coin to figure out whose favorite movie you’ll be watching!
With your food, that is. If you’re trapped inside, there’s nothing better to take your mind off it than simmering up some amazingly exotic smells in the kitchen. Now, I’m not suggesting that you should try and fry that spider from your cupboards, but doing a little something to spice things up is always fun. If you’re already something of an adept chef, try doing something challenging, like making an entire roast duck or creating a deconstructed chicken pot pie. I don’t know, I don’t exactly fall into the “adept chef” category.
Which is why I’m able to come up with countless ideas for hard-to-mess-up-but-fun-to-make dinners. My preference is one-pot meals. That’s why one single ceramic pot works so well for things like zesty chili or hopped-up gumbo. You don’t need to be outrageously talented with a highly refined palate to come up with a few twists to a classic recipe. Plus, who can feel sad when you’re munching away on your latest creation?
Take Time to Better Yourself
Unfortunately, inclement winter weather can leave us hanging out inside far more often than we would like. Take this extra indoor time to work on yourself. Remember that old workout DVD you never really got into? Pop it into the player and get your fitness on! If that idea sounds less than appealing, try improving your mind. Visit 2nd and Charles and get some used books, or think about continued education and take an online college course. Your vitamin D deficiency won’t seem nearly as bad when you’re investing your time in something truly worthwhile – you!
Nothing takes more of your attention than learning a new skill, and it’s impossible to feel depressed once you accomplish something. Plus, being crafty doesn’t mean you need to be artistic. You might be amazed at just how many arts and crafts you can do with almost zero artistic talent. Everything from decorating your own coffee mugs to making a rug is plenty to both occupy your mind and give you something to talk to your friends about.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter what tasks you set your mind to. The key is that they keep you busy, keep your mind occupied, and bring some fun into your life. You can make tents with your significant other or your children, cook up something spicy for a normally bland diet, or learn how to arrange flowers. No matter what you do, feeling like you accomplished something is key to curbing your cabin favor. So take a deep breath, clear your mind of spring longings, and hustle up to learn something new.