Cabin Fever on Steroids

Most snow accumulation in January…EVER.  Three high energy boys home from school.  Incessant bickering.  Result:  Cabin Fever.

In addition- deadlines to meet, calls to make, appointments to postpone…all while balls are whizzing by my head. Then I hear the dreaded, “Mommy, the hamster is missing!”  Result:  Cabin Fever on Steroids!

Interesting thing about winter, it keeps coming back.  Sigh.  Since winter insists on returning I realize I am the one that has to change.  Here are the ideas I have for making it through the winter with humor and joy.

  1. Move.  This one has particular appeal for me.  I’m sure the bickering will continue in any location across the country so I wouldn’t be missing out on any of those glorious moments.  But somehow it becomes less annoying while sitting on the deck, sipping merlot, and gazing at the ocean.  Note to self.  Add ‘check out top 5 beach communities’ to my to-do list.
  2. Take a vacation.  I can tell you first hand this is a good choice.  My recent business trip to sunny California (with a day of play stuck in the middle) has provided me with a much better attitude since I’ve returned.  I haven’t killed anyone or even threatened it since I’ve been back.
  3. Create an indoor oasis.  Get out the beach chairs, umbrellas, tent, roast marshmallows over the gas stove or fireplace, and rent Endless Summer, Mamma Mia, or any movie with sun and water.  Set your imagination to work.
  4. Give yourself a sanity incentive.  If you make it through the week with a great attitude reward yourself with a nice dinner out, a bubble bath, or whatever strikes your fancy.
  5. Know that you’re not alone.  Many people are feeling the weight of the world right now.  Give away a smile or a compliment.  You’ll be amazed at how good it feels and how effective it is. 

Misery loves company so you might want to check out the 72,304 blogs on cabin fever.  Here are a few to get you started:

http://frankensteinsfatfoot.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/winter-check-please/

http://cdmcintire.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/fighting-off-the-mid-winter-blahs/

http://meganboley.com/2011/01/23/everyone-wins/

http://problogic.wordpress.com/2011/01/22/cures-for-cabin-fever/

Action Step:  Take a moment to be grateful for all the little things in your world that make you smile.  And come up with one incentive that will enable you to keep a positive attitude.  It helps to have something to look forward to.  Put on your super power cape and show Old Man Winter that he won’t get the best of you.

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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