Tuesday, January 28, 2014

10 ways to beat Snow Day cabin fever

Taking a quick break from music to fulfill a specific request for a blog post. Hope you enjoy!

If you live in a place where the high is in the negative digits today, I'm right there with you. Since I'm seeing a lot complaining about cabin fever and boredom, I thought I'd share some "snow day" ideas gleaned from my years of expertise as a not-very-outdoorsy only child.

10 Ways to Beat Snow Day cabin fever

1. Learn something new! YouTube how-tos, iTunes University lectures, NPR podcasts, whatever floats your boat. (I'm really enjoying learning German on DuoLingo right now.) Photo: Tama Leaver
2. Call an old friend you haven't talked to in a long time. Yes, on the telephone. (Or Facetime.) No, texting/emailing/tweeting doesn't count. Photo: Trace Meek
3. Gather up whatever crafty supplies you can find and make some valentines. Before you tell me you have no one to give them to: give them out to elderly acquaintances or even strangers. Photo: shadfan66
4. Bake something. Preferably with cinnamon or vanilla in it so your house/apartment will smell amazing. Photo: GoodNCrazy
5. Clean out a closet/junk drawer/basement/attic/the refrigerator. You know how you always say, "I should really do that sometime when there's nothing else to do"? The time is now, friend. Photo: QueenieVonSugarpants
6. Start a book you've been meaning to read or watch a classic movie you've been hearing about all your life but have never seen. (Dr. Zhivago is good for this weather.) Photo: meddygarmet
7. Start researching your genealogy, or scan and organize old family photos and then share them with the rest of the family. They'll love you for it. Photo: anyjazz65
8. Do you play a musical instrument? Learn a new song! Photo: Scott Ableman
9. Do you knit/crochet/embroider/quilt/etc? You're already set, and don't need this list. Photo: LornaWatt

10. Feeling restless? Netflix and Amazon Prime both have plenty of exercise video options: yoga, pilates, aerobics, indoor walking... Do it to it. Photo: NatalieLucier