Top 5 Ways to Break Cabin Fever NOW!
Cabin Fever. Words we hear each year during a long stretch of winter within the same four walls. What activities make your time indoors feel more house party, rather than house arrest?
Scroll through the Top 5 Prescriptive Picks for Cabin-Fever-Busting!
Time-tested and still so satisfying. In these days of digital games and smart phones, having to use strategy (other than which button to push that will give you more lives) provides brain stimulation. Another big plus is being able to see the faces of your opponents with quality family time. So break out the checkers, take a chance with Monopoly, or even get in a little stretching, exercise, and laughter with a good ol' game of Twister. You'll be beating that Cabin Fever in the time it takes to say, "Hey, you sunk my battleship!"
Search on Pinterest for interesting do-it-yourself projects and look to create them. Have each member of your household join in and build their own project or work as a team and compete virtually with neighbors, friends, or relatives. Then judge to see which of you “nailed it” and post your own pics to a Pinterest Board. You could even make a first place trophy to be passed around annually for the grand prize winner. Projects which require groups often make it more fun and go a long way toward helping to forget stubborn Old Man Winter.
Let’s face it, in the summer when the sun is shining and birds are chirping, you definitely won’t feel like cleaning out your closets. Winter is the perfect time to go through your closets and drawers. A good practice is to place aside clothing you haven’t worn in at least twelve months (trust us - if you haven’t worn those plaid pants from the 70s, you’re not going to now). Give it all away to charity. Cleaning your closet helps to organize both your home and your mind. Plus it feeds your soul by helping others.
It’s can be so easy to grab for the junk food, but feeling bloated and hyperactive is no way to spend your day. It is also unproductive. Fatty junk foods can produce sluggishness, while over-stimulation from caffeine can make those walls look like they’re closing in! Make a delicious fruit salad, try baking lightly salted kale, or make some homemade popcorn with a little Cajun seasoning for a kick. And for refreshments, reach for sparkling water with a squeeze of lime, sprig of mint, a sliced cucumber or strawberry…or all four! Clean eating leaves you feeling refreshed and energized.
Everybody’s doing it, and there are many remarkable shows to watch. However, sitting for long periods is unhealthy and can lead to a sore back, buttocks, and leg pain. Stay physically active by walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike as you soak in each satisfying season. In pain? Take a healthy guided stretch with the Miracle Stretch® Piri-Stretcher®. You’ll be up-to date and in-shape before the next season airs!
Ease sore muscles from all that winter sitting by treating yourself to a focused stretch. The piriformis muscle can get tight from prolonged sitting, compressing the sciatic nerve, and creating low back, buttocks, and radiating leg pain. Proper leverage and isolation when stretching relaxes the muscle and reduces pressure off the sciatic nerve, producing relief. Products like the Miracle Stretch® Piri-Stretcher® with pull handles help you ease into a focused and controlled stretch, deepening for the level desired without twisting, struggling, or tensing. Ahh...now no cabin fever and no pain.
Acute low back pain has many causes. However, the common cause of acute back pain is strain. In 95 percent of cases this resolves within three months. In those cases that do not resolve, the development of a chronic low back pain syndrome is commonly accompanied by the finding of active Myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are very sensitive spots which can elicit local tenderness, usually creating referred pain along other areas on the body.
Pain arising from disorders of the hip joint is felt in the groin and the lower anterior thigh. The great majority of patients complain of hip pain in fact localize their pain to the outer aspect of the hip. In some patients this is due to a trochanteric bursitis, but in the majority of cases it is related to myofascial trigger points in the adjacent muscles.
Active Myofascial trigger points in the muscles of the shoulder neck and face are a common source of headaches. In many instances the headache has the features of so-called tension headache, but there is increasing acceptance that Myofascial trigger points may initiate classical migraine headaches or be part of a mixed tension/migraine headache complex.
The deep muscle within the jaw functions to enable jaw closing and to allow the lower jaw to protrude forward. Activation of trigger points in this muscle can be caused by trauma to the lower jaw or clenching. Pain may be felt over the cheek, similar to sinus pain, and over the jaw.
The pelvic floor musculature is a common sight for Myofascial trigger points. There is increasing recognition by gynecologists and urologists about these pain syndromes, often accompanied by active Myofascial trigger points. One of the most common pain distribution areas is the central low buttock.
A tight piriformis muscle (located deep to the glutes) puts pressure on the sciatic nerve producing low back, buttocks, and radiating leg pain. The Miracle Stretch® Piri-Stretcher® therapy tool's patented design provides:
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The muscles attached to the scapula are common sites for trigger points that can cause upper limb pain. It is not uncommon for trigger points in these locations to refer pain to the wrist, hand, and fingers. Extension flexion injuries to the neck often activate a trigger point in the pectoralis with a radiating pain, or down the side of the arm and into the little finger. Myofascial pain syndromes of the upper limb are often misdiagnosed as frozen shoulder, cervical radiculopathy, or thoracic outlet syndrome.