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Ideas to Beat Back Cabin Fever

By Randi Morse

I'm a little different from most of my friends and family because I don't mind winter. They spend the majority of winter complaining about the fact that it's not summer, but I look at winter as a time to change up my habits. Yes, I'm stuck inside more but that means I have more time to do inside projects and to relax. For example, I love playing video games so I use the winter months to relax and enjoy playing games with my family. This is the time of year that gets really frustrating for most people, especially those who love the summer months, because summer is just around the corner but isn't quite here yet. If you're going a little stir crazy from being stuck inside, here are a few ideas that may help you pass the time more quickly.

Scrapbooking - How often have you wanted to get those scrapbooks or photo albums done? This is the perfect time to finish them up. Print all those photos you have sitting inside your phone or computer and get them organized. You can even do a digital scrapbook, just make sure you save it somewhere externally so that you will always have access to it.

Freezing meals - The last thing you want to do in the summer months is to make dinner. Use this time to freeze some meals! There are a ton of meals that freeze beautifully. Buy some disposable casserole dishes and get to cooking so that you'll be able to focus on enjoying summer rather than cooking.

Read those books/watch those movies - Dive down into a good book or take time to watch one of those movies that you swore you'd watch but haven't made time for. Use the world of make-believe for what it's for: escaping reality for a bit.

House cleaning - Don't spend your summer months cleaning your house. Do it now, while you're stuck inside. Pick a day when the weather is warm enough for you to open your windows a crack, air out the house and get everything clean. That will make it easier to spend time outside when the weather changes.

Don't look at this time of year as something to dread but look at it as a time to do all those little things you never seem to be able to get done. 

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