During the past couple of weeks, have you found yourself becoming increasingly restless? Are you feeling almost claustrophobic during the current quarantine situation you're in? Is your concentration lacking when trying to stick to any task when isolating at home? If any of these signs sound familiar, you might be struck with a case of cabin fever. Man is a social animal so when confined to the house for weeks on end, cabin fever is bound to occur. The COVID-19 quarantine has rendered it an unfortunate circumstance of the situation.
Professor Lea Waters, AM, PhD and Psychologist delves more into detail about this rising health concern taking over the globe. "While social distancing with e-learning and e-working, many of us are already experiencing cabin fever or soon will be," she suggests. Fortunately, she has a few tips to tackle the problem head on.
Tips To Tackle Cabin Fever While Self-Isolating And Social Distancing
Follow these expert tips to beat the worry of cabin fever creeping over you.
1. Draw Up A Family Contract
"Sit down together and draw up a family contract. What do we think are going to be the major challenges we're going to face, what are the roles we expect people to play, what are the strengths each family member brings and set a goal," says Professor Waters.
2. Stick To Your Routine
"I know our routines are very disrupted right now but stick to yours as much as you can. Routines give us a sense of safety and predictability. They help with anxiety and help get things done," she affirms.
3. Create Zones In Your Home
"If you are working from home because of family lockdown or social distancing, create a work station. This is where we do our work, this where we play, this is an area to use devices, this is a chill out in the house. It's a small and easy thing to do and reduces cabin fever because there are different areas of the house we go to for different functions," she says, signing off.