The holidays are finished and there are still several months of winter ahead of us, which means cabin fever could set in at any moment. While Cabin Fever is something we don’t take too seriously, it can feel really isolating. Symptoms include restlessness, decreased motivation, irritability, difficulty concentrating, irregular sleep patterns, lethargy, and more (Healthline). If you’re experiencing some or all of these symptoms, fear not! We put together a list of fun, family-friendly activities to kick cabin fever to the curb this winter.
For the Chefs
We’ve been cooking at home for a while, and even the most dedicated home chefs might be getting tired of making their staple dishes. Shake things up when you bring the classic show Chopped into your own kitchen! Doing the Chopped Challenge at home is easy. The Frugal Minimalist Kitchen breaks down the steps:
- “Create a Chopped mystery basket of foods that need to be included in the end dish. You don’t need a literal basket, but if you have baskets, you can use them to add to the effect. Otherwise, you can use a large bowl or even just stack the ingredients at the workstation
- You can do a single round or 3 rounds, like the show (appetizer, entree, dessert). Obviously, the more rounds you do, the more complicated it is, so I recommend starting with just one if it’s your first time (and especially with kids!)
- Decide on your time limit in advance. I recommend 30-90 minutes. 30 minutes would be good for very simple ideas that don’t require a lot of prep or cooking. This works well for kids. You could also use the 30-minute time limit for more advanced cooks to add a challenge. Give yourselves up to 90-minutes of cooking time if you want to make something more elaborate or that might take a long time.
- Agree on the judging criteria and rules before you start.
- All basket ingredients must be included in the final dish.
- You can use any other ingredient in the kitchen needed to create your dish.”
Get your friends and extended family involved by inviting them to join a virtual challenge, too!
For the Vacationers
A lot of vacations have been canceled because of the pandemic, so those of us who typically have a winter vacation scheduled might be missing that “something to look forward to” that helps us power through Cabin Fever. Instead of a big vacation, plan a few weekend getaways to get you out of the house and to explore the beautiful state of Minnesota! Check out this list of Fun Winter Weekend Getaways from Trips to Discover!
For the Homebodies
Cabin Fever might not usually hit the homebodies among us, but after a year of working from home, distance learning, shutdowns, and everything else, we are betting that even the people who adore spending time at home are experiencing some symptoms. Instead of letting the drab feelings get the best of you, try one of these ideas instead:
- Start a home improvement project you’ve been putting off
- Plan weekly activities for you and your family/roommates. Think game night, a night to order takeout, etc.
- Pick up that wintertime activity you never found the time to learn (skiing, snowshoeing, etc.)
- Create a walking club and visit different neighborhoods and parks in your community
- Start an exercise and/or meditation practice to burn energy, improve mental clarity, and reduce stress
These ideas can really help you power through the winter as we look forward to warmer weather and sunny skies ahead!
We hope that no matter what boat you find yourself in, that you find some inspiration to beat Cabin Fever this year.