The world suddenly stopped. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a new normal to the world as a whole. To avoid the spread of the virus, governments now implement strict social distancing, quarantines, and lockdowns. Suddenly, the kids had to study at home rather than going to school. Our homes transformed into our offices. Remember when we all wished our lives to pause, who knew all of this would happen?
The situation is far from the ideal break we had in mind. Yes, we wished for more time with our families to bond, but we envisioned this in our dream destination. We all wanted to go on a vacation with our families, bringing home memories from exploring a new city, tasting new cuisines, and merely sharing new experiences. But we are all currently stuck in our homes, and movement is minimal.
The pandemic has forced families to stay at home for everyone’s safety. However, this could also lead to family issues resulting from our prolonged isolation. A term called cabin fever has been used, especially during the winter. Merriam-Webster defines it as a state of being irritable and restless because of living in a limited area for an extended time. To make things worse, the uncertainty that the threat of the virus brings also adds to everyone’s anxiety. Due to the more extended hours than usual that we spend with our families, tension could arise even from the simplest of things.
We do not need additional stress during this time. That is why we all need to make the most of the time we have of our families. Instead of thinking of what we rather are doing, we could think of ways to avoid cabin fever and create sweet memories in the comfort of our homes. We do not need to travel the world to have the best experience of our lives. We need the company of our loved ones while staying safe and healthy during this pandemic. The goal is to create a nourishing home away from the danger and fear the virus brings.
We listed some activities you and your family might enjoy avoiding cabin fever during the quarantine.
Try Something New
Have you ever tried indoor camping? This activity might be exciting, especially for the kids. Go all out by setting up a tent indoor. Of course, do not forget your picnic basket! Preparing your meals could also be an additional family activity. Everyone can contribute a meal or snack for the picnic basket.
Stacey Simmons, MA, Ph.D., LMFT, APCC, advises, “Be sure to have a balanced schedule, and one that gives you plenty of room for experimentation.” For an added challenge, each member could create their recipe using one ingredient from your pandemic supply. Who knows, this might even ignite a child’s passion for cooking!
The quarantine prohibited us from meeting our extended families, at least physically. But the good news is technology allows us to connect even from a distance. There is a high possibility that our relatives, even if located miles away, are also in quarantine. We could use this time to reconnect with our relatives by inviting them for video calls with the entire family. This virtual family reunion is a chance to catch up with our relatives and reminisce about old times. By conducting these online family parties, we could even save money from travel and hotel accommodations. Make sure to snap that modern family portrait during your online sessions!
The long hours we are stuck at home have probably resulted in a routine of eating, sleeping, and binge-watching. Although these are also great ways to bond with our families, we should also take care of our health. Besides, we have to keep a healthy immune system during this crisis.
A great way of making sure that we remain fit is to set a schedule for your family exercise. You may choose from learning a dance routine together, following a fitness video, or even just doing different exercises together. The important thing is that you spend a set time to exercise with your family. Incorporating physical activities into your family’s daily routine does not only result in being physically fit but also leads to the production of endorphins or “happy hormones,” which are much needed to avoid cabin fever.
The world outside may have stopped, but with our families, we could still create a world of our own in our homes. No matter how harsh and uncertain the circumstances are, we could always make the best of what we have. Time is a luxury we now have, make sure to use it to avoid the fever and enjoy the cabin.