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5 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever This Winter

5 Ways to Cure Cabin Fever This Winter

After the holiday excitement, bustle and cheer, winter can quickly become downright dreary. Temperatures grow colder, keeping us cooped up inside. Daylight hours remain few. And as the days go by, many of us end up developing a case of the winter blues.

According to Psychology Today, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects 10 million Americans, causing depression-like symptoms. And an upwards of 64 million may get a mild case of SAD in the winter.  

So what can you do to cure cabin fever? Here are five ways to make the most of winter when you’re ready for it to be over:

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Soak Up the Sun
A lack of sun exposure is part of what causes our mood to change in the winter months. If the weather permits, bundle up for a short walk outside on a sunny day. Of course, sitting indoors by your favorite window will also do the trick. Just grab a book, pull up a chair and let the sun work its magic. While you’re there, be on the lookout for drafts and other signs that mean it’s time to replace your windows.

Stay Active
While it’s tempting to be a couch potato and binge-watch Netflix all winter long, research shows it’s better to be on the move. According to Harvard Medical School, regular exercise can improve mood in people with mild to moderate depression. Whether you prefer to work out at home or the gym, aim for at least 150 minutes of physical activity each week.

Focus on the Good
C.S. Lewis once said, "We are what we believe we are." And he's exactly right.  Modern science has shown evidence of a mind-body connection – in other words, what we think influences how we feel.  That means when our thoughts are negative, cold and bitter, our overall health can suffer.  Change your perspective this winter by focusing on the good things in your life or keeping a gratitude journal.  We also love these mindfulness exercises to help stay positive.

Nourish Your Body

When cabin fever has us feeling cooped up, lethargic or irritated, the worst thing we can do is fill our bodies with food that makes us feel either more sluggish or on edge. The best thing we can do is avoid excess amounts of junk food and caffeine. Swap processed foods for healthier, whole food options like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, yogurt and nuts.

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Host a Dinner Party
According to scientist Matthew Lieberman, data suggests that we are profoundly shaped by our social environment and that we suffer greatly when our social bonds are threatened or severed. Fight the urge to hibernate alone by making time to connect with friends and family. You can host a dinner party, game night or movie marathon. Or even invite the neighbors over to get to know each other better. The more time you spend in community with others, the less you’ll be thinking about what’s happening outside.

Keep the cold weather outside where it belongs this winter. Visit your local Pella Showroom to learn more about getting rid of drafts with replacement windows for your home.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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