Avoiding Cabin Fever

Social Distancing is paramount during these stressful times. Experts agree that the way to control the spread of COVID-19 is for each of us to do our part by staying inside. Thankfully, in our local community there are plenty of ways to keep the distance and still experience the splendor of our mountain surroundings.

*For most of us, avoiding cabin fever can be as easy as stepping out of our front door and finding a nearby trail to walk or bike. For those of you with four-legged friends, put a leash on your companion and take a leisurely stroll on the Rail Trail.

*Bundle up the little ones and explore the Swaner Preserve. Make a game out of who can find the most wildlife. Or use your phone to identify local flora and fauna.

*Join the “Rainbow Connection Scavenger Hunt.” Create a rainbow and put it in your window. Kids and adults alike, can stroll the neighborhood to see how many rainbows they can find. For more information visit www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/a31816286/quarantine-rainbow-connection/

*If you’re alone, avoiding cabin fever can be even more difficult. Might we suggest having a video chat while taking a nature walk with a friend or loved one.

*Sign into a virtual yoga class and find a peaceful place outside to relax and stretch.

*Become an amateur photographer and take photos of the local architecture.

*Expand your artistic abilities, and draw the natural landscape surrounding you.

* Create a flower box and decorate it with local foliage.

* Join the kids and create a chalk-board wonderland on your front sidewalk or driveway.

*Get a head start on Mother’s Day and build a birdhouse by using nature’s colors as your inspiration.

*Pull out the grill a bit early this year and ignite your inner chef.

Let us know how you’re avoiding cabin fever by sending us your stories to production@mountexpressmagazine.com