5 Ways to Curb Cabin Fever this Winter

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but northern America is currently enduring something called the polar vortex, which basically means that it’s really, really cold there. I’m talking temperatures in the negatives, and wind chills that would freeze your cup of coffee if you even thought about stepping outside. For most folks, winter is the best time to get cozy inside, to shamelessly watch movie marathons and sip hot cocoa until spring arrives. For others, reclusion into the great indoors can make them feel a little restless. Here are some ideas to help you avoid cabin fever while you wait out the vortex:

  • Rearrange/refresh your wardrobe. I recently read a great article about the importance of refreshing your wardrobe – either by donating clothes in order to make space for new ones, ridding of anything you no longer like, or simply reorganizing your closet. You’ll have plenty of time to refresh your style this winter; it’s a new year, mix it up!
  • Get crafting! There are so many awesome DIY projects awaiting you, it might feel overwhelming knowing where to start. I love perusing Pinterest for inspiration; pinners like Hobby Lobby and DIY Craft Projects offer hundreds of ideas for projects like scrapbooking, sewing, candle making, and more.
  • Read a book, or re-read a book. You might rediscover one of your favorite stories this winter, or learn something new by picking out a few new books to read. There’s nothing better than sipping a cup of tea, kicking up your feet, and getting lost in a great novel when it’s too cold to venture outdoors.
  • Dig out the board games. When was the last time you played board games with your roommates or friends? If you want to pass the time, this is a great chance to get together and do something lighthearted and silly. You’ll quickly forget the cold weather when you’re playing Operation, Monopoly, or a newer group game like Apples to Apples.
  • Upcycle your clutter. Since you’ll be spending a lot of time inside, why not take some of your lesser-used items and transform them into new home accessories? That massive collection of mason jars? Find new uses for them! Or how about turning that collection of bottle caps into something you can use? Websites like Upcycle That will provide you with tons of inspiration!

What are your favorite ways to curb cabin fever?

Featured Image: Eugene Van Grinsven via Flickr CC

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