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