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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Avoiding Cabin Fever

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to hunker down inside your home for an extended period of time due to a disaster, cabin fever can quickly arrive to make your life even more miserable. You will need some type of activity to keep your mind in proper working condition. The mind is a vital part of your body and needs “exercise” to keep it working properly.

Boredom and loneliness will quickly reach out and grab a hold of you if you aren’t prepared. Peace and quiet are good things, but the gregarious nature of man does not tolerate long periods of it very well. You will need to plan ahead for this contingency to avoid it.

There are several simple ways to do this.

1.) Keep a good deck of cards handy. Playing a game of solitaire will keep your mind occupied for a long time. Cards are inexpensive and don’t require a lot of storage space.

2.) Keep a good paperback or book handy to read. Reading is a very relaxing activity and will keep your mind occupied. Select your reading material so that it is a subject of interest that you will enjoy. Used paperbacks are cheap and readily available.

3.) Keep a small tool box handy. It will be a good time to finish all those little repair jobs you’ve been putting off because you didn’t have “time”.

4.) Keep your gun cleaning kit handy. You can use the extra time to clean your firearms with all the “spare time”.

5.) If you have a hobby, you might be able to work on that in the time that you are spending inside.

For those of you who suffer from technology dependence, you will need to make sure the battery on your laptop computer is fully charged so you can play your computer games. For those of you who spend a great deal of time outdoors, cabin fever can be a very real problem if you don't plan for some simple "indoor" activities.

Keeping yourself occupied is the best cure for cabin fever. Keeping a few simple items handy and available will insure you won’t suffer from its effects.

Got fever?

Staying above the water line!



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