CABIN FEVER

Anyone else feeling like they have cabin fever lately?! Per a well-known source (Wikipedia), cabin fever is “a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in a small space, with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations.”

Feeling isolated = check!

Shut in a small space, with nothing to do = check!

Extremely irritable = check! (though, being 41+ weeks pregnant may also have something to do with this)

Restless = check!

I constantly tease my husband about diagnosing himself (a cough = the flu to him and a sore throat = pneumonia), but I am going to claim that I definitely cabin fever!! This winter has more than outstayed its welcome (which I never gave to it) and days like Saturday (50 degrees, sun shining, flip flops and spent at the park) are just a tease!!

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^^From our time at the park on Saturday!

So, what do we do to cure cabin fever around The Stevens’ household?! We get creative!! One activity Geoff and I threw together recently was a homemade race track! Taden has been obsessed with cars, trucks, trains, buses… basically anything with wheels. We have a small race track that he plays with over and over but we decided to make things a bit more exciting! It required a bit of creativity (really, not much at all! we are not the most creative, engineer-ing-type of people so don’t stress over this project), a cardboard box, and Duct tape.

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What you will do:

  1. Cut the cardboard box down one side so the box lays flat
  2. Tape each flap down so the box is one large piece of cardboard with no moving pieces
  3. Fold the top portion of the cardboard box over a couch, chair, something high off the ground
  4. Place pillows under the cardboard to create ‘ramp’
  5. Race cars, trucks, trains, stuffed animals, anything down the ramp and have fun!!

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This activity entertained Taden for like 45 minutes, in one sitting!! That is a l-o-n-g time for an attention span of an 18-month old. Like I said earlier, it really did not require much creativity or brain power. If we can do it, you can! I love spicing up the days with thinking-outside-of-the-box activities like this, though they seem to be sparse these days with my low-energy levels.

 

What are your ‘go-to,’ ‘totally-desperate’ activities on your most cabin fever days? I truly love to hear your comments, so leave me one, two or three!!

 

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