You'd think those of us living in the countryside don't get cabin fever. If you have cattle, horses, or any other critters, you've got to be outside in all sorts of weather to tend to them, which means you're not cooped up indoors all winter long. Still, cabin fever is as real in the country as it is in the cities. Here are five ideas to help you beat cabin fever this winter and for winters to come.
- OPEN THE CURTAINS. During the short, dreary winter days, it's a good idea to open the blinds and curtains to allow whatever little sunshine there is to naturally warm up the house. Sunlight can also help you feel brighter and lighter. Just make sure to close the blinds and curtains again when the sun sets to keep the cold night air out.
- HAVE A SNOWBALL FIGHT. You don't have to be a kid to indulge in a good old-fashioned snowball fight. Yes, you'll be outside where it's cold, but the movement will help your blood circulate through your body better, and that will warm you up and lift your mood too.
- HOST A FRIEND OR FAMILY GATHERING. Make others trudge through the snow to come to you. In the meantime, put on a pot of stew, bake some bread, and break out that bottle of whiskey. These three combined are guaranteed to lift those winter blues away, even if only for an evening.
- BREAK OUT A GOOD BOOK. You know, that one you've wanted to read for the past how many years? Get your fireplace or wood stove going, make yourself a cup of tea, hot chocolate, coffee, or whatever makes you happy, and immerse yourself in a world far away from your frosty, snowy winter.
- BRING IN THE COLOR. When everything beyond your window is dead or dormant, bring life into your house with houseplants. The more colorful the better. Not only will the color and energy of a living plant invigorate your surroundings, but the plant will also serve to filter the air of toxins. Don't have a green thumb? Go with succulents. They're easy to take care of; it takes a true black thumb to kill one of them.
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