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Chronic Cabin Fever Ever heard of cabin fever? The term 'cabin fever' is most often associated with being indoors during long periods of severe winter weather.

It isn't really an illness or disease, but a psychological state resulting from a lack of environmental stimulation or social and physical isolation for an extended period of time; with nothing to do.

Although cabin fever is often termed winter blues, it could occur at any time of the year, if you're house bound (constantly staying indoors). It may also be experienced during monsoon seasons or during a particularly hot spell, when going outdoors is discouraged.

I think I suffer from what I call 'chronic cabin fever' and it doesn't really have much to do with the weather. As far back as I can remember I had this thing about wanting to get out of the house.

I used to spend several hours (with intervals) just strolling outside in my childhood home garden.

And if I didn't get my 'time in the sun' on any day, I just felt irritated, sluggish and restless. The actual symptoms of cabin fever involve feelings of irritability, irrational frustration with everyday objects, sadness or depression, boredom, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances (sleep loss, sleeping in excess, or difficulty waking up), restlessness, reduced productivity, distrusting the people in proximity, and a strong urge to go out into the open (The more symptoms you experience the more intense your cabin fever).

Most descriptions of cabin fever will state that there is an urge to go out in the 'less miserable' weather. But I craved going out in the miserable weather, heavy rains, sand storms, blazing sun, whatever.

There was especially a kind of adventurous romance in going out in bad weather. It was invigorating. As a child I felt as though I was especially strong in these instances, like I was capable of battling the elements.

Really the only thing I didn't like about those strong winds and heavy rains was that when my mother found me out, that I was outside, I would get yelled at, and ordered to come back in.

So what do you do if you HAVE to stay in and you know you have cabin fever?

Passive stimulation from television, video games, etc may help pass the time, but the feelings tend to return once this 'passive activity' is over. Usually, those especially susceptible to cabin fever are stay-at-home moms, and children with over-protective mothers who insist their children stay in because of all sorts of reasons.

So what to do if you think you have cabin fever? It depends on how serious it is, and whether it is normal cabin fever (unlike mine); whether it occurs during the winter days, or at other times of the year.

If your cabin fever is winter-related then, light therapy is most often recommended. If it is quite serious then professional help is probably the best way to go.

But if it is not so serious then there really is only one solution: get out of your house!

If your cabin fever is due to being home bound irrespective of the weather, then try to make a point of going out for a morning or evening walk, everyday; or volunteer to do chores that require you to get outdoors, into the natural light, and fresh air.

Don't stay in. boredom winter blues
23 Dec 2010 | 1481 Annie says: Location: Karachi  Posts: 1
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