Six Ways to Combat Cabin Fever

Staff Writer
Baystateparent Magazine

On the first day of Blizzard 2015, my kids fared pretty well. We went outside and took pictures of the “epic” snowfall. We watched a movie. We read. We even cracked open some Valentine Day cards but by dinner time, my daughter had caught , what could only be, a severe case of cabin fever.

Wikipedia describes cabin fever as such:

Cabin fever is an idiomatic term, first recorded in 1838, for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, have distrust of anyone they are with, and an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.

My daughter didn't head to the knife drawer but she did start dancing around sporadically, singing loud songs and whining in between verses all while doing her best to irritate her brother.

In an effort to save our small part of the world, I've scoured the world wide web for some ideas to keep you and the kids happy:

1, Make ice cream snow: Most important ingredient: CLEAN snow

2. Create snow art: You'll need spray bottles and food coloring – I would avoid yellow unless you want to create a pee-stained front yard look.

3. Get crafty via Pintrest: Indoor games and art projects galore

4. Bake some gingerbread snowman and more ideas for indoor fun.

5. Build a fort: The site has tips for beginners and old pros alike.

6. Get girly or competitive: Get dolled up with a homestyle mani and pedi party and then get competitive with some Uno tournaments

Have fun today. I'm going to try!