7 ways to combat cabin fever

imageHave you noticed some people seem to do well not matter what the weather is outside? I have because initially when fall and winter begins I have to adjust to the cold. Sometimes this leads me to feel trapped inside, in the past I believe they called it cabin fever.

Hanging out inside most of the day and night can feel confining and a little stressful. If you find that staying inside is impacting your mood some, you are not alone. Here are some ways to combat cabin fever.

1. Go for a short walk, even if it is cold out. Please feel free to ignore this one if you are in below 0 degree weather.

2. Work out, sometimes just doing a few exercises is all we need to feel a little less claustrophobic.

3. Meditate, there are plenty of guided meditations online (free) if you need a little help.

4. Don’t watch T.V. read a good book instead. Escape with your mind.

5. Call up a couple good friends and either go have a cocoa/tea or have them over for cocoa/tea

6. Play games with friends or family, keep them light or only lightly competative.

7. Breathe the cold weather is temporary. Remind yourself for most of us the cold weather will only last a few months.

Holiday stress and what to do about it!

Holiday anxietyThe holidays are a happy time for many people and families. For some it is an anxiety producing experience, filled with stressful decisions and anxiety producing situations. I have more than one client that finds the holiday season uncomfortable at best and triggering anxiety and depression at its worst. Under the stress of the season I have found many clients take care of everyone but themselves during this time.

One of the best ways to manage anxiety and stress around the holidays is to take care of your self. I don’t expect you to stop thinking of your family and friends, I am suggesting you take care of you also. A little self-care can go a long way.

If you find you are in the category of people who experiences anxiety and stress around this time follow these simple steps to reduce stress and increase your fun factor.

1. Breathe (daily) slow deep, gut breaths
2. Work out 3-4 times a week (go for a walk)
3. Get a massage/ go to the sauna/ take a bath
4. Hang out with a friend
5. Stop taking everything so seriously
6. If you find you want to say “no” to an invite say “no”
7. If you find you want to say “yes” to an invite say “yes”
8. Eat as healthy as possible between unhealthy holiday meals
9. If you think you are experiencing more than you garden variety stress over the holidays get help from a professional

If you experience daily anxiety attacks these ideas will help but they may not take care of the issue. Once our stress system is out of wack, it can take a lot to calm it down again, including skill building and medication. This blog is addressing those people experiencing mild to moderate holiday stress. It does not address the more challenging issue of anxiety or panic attacks. I will write more about these in later blogs.