Many Chicagoans have been stuck inside for the past few days from the -20 degree weather and snowpocalypse, causing some pretty heavy cabin fever. Having multiple days off work or school sounds nice in theory, but it’s a lot less thrilling when you can’t even leave your apartment. Maybe you’re running low on good food and Grubhub won’t even deliver. You’re feeling isolated from not seeing another soul in what seems like a lifetime, and your cat’s company just isn’t cutting it anymore. Maybe your limbs are becoming numb from sitting on the couch too long watching Roseanne marathons. None of this sounds enjoyable. Here are some ways to help get yourself out of your boredom and restlessness:
Break the isolation by catching up with some friends over the phone or Skype. If you’re stuck in your apartment alone, what better time to get in touch with some people you’ve been meaning to for months, but have put off for one reason or another.
Keep up the personal hygiene. It’s easy to fall into that comfortable rut of wearing the same sweatpants and t-shirt for days in a row, because hey, no one is seeing you anyway. But a simple shower and a fresh pair of sweats can make all the difference to feeling a bit better.
Exercise! Just because you can’t get to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t get in a little exercise from home. Pull up a workout video online and find something you don’t need equipment for. Even a little yoga video could do the trick to get your body moving and those happy chemicals flowing.
Cook. Even if your groceries are running low, look at all the ingredients you do have and find a new recipe. You might not get to enjoy a nice meal out at one of your favorite restaurants, but maybe you can have a little fun being creative with what you do have. And who knows, maybe you’ll discover a new favorite.
Do a project. All of us have projects we have been putting off for far too long. This could be the perfect time to start it- or finish, if you’re feeling extra motivated.
Clean! Yeah, yeah, yeah, that probably doesn’t sound all that great, but if you are stuck inside anyway, why not make your place all shiny and new? Cleaning up can make your living area more enjoyable to be in and can also give you a sense of much needed productivity.
Written By: Alison O’Hara, M.A.