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.
CLEAN OUT FOR CHARITY (AND SANITY!)
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.
AVOID BAD FOODS & CAFFEINE
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.
BINGE WATCH YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS
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!
BONUS! TAKE A RELAXING STRETCH
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.