With self distancing and almost everything shut down, we now find ourselves isolated in our homes.
Like many other people, you soon find yourself bored or even a little stir crazy. In this time of uncertainty, being isolated with your life flipped upside down can definitely take a toll. Some symptoms you may incur are difficulty waking up in the morning, nausea, tendency to oversleep and overeat, cravings for carbohydrates, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, and withdrawal from others.
Per Robert Tisserand, essential oils may also be of great service, which is a great natural option. In a 2013 article, researchers at Xiamen University, China, commented: “Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as Lavender, Lemon and Bergamot can help to relieve the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine) thereby further regulating mood.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23531112.
Here are some other tips and ideas you can practice to help with cabin fever:
- Be sure to follow all CDC Guidelines
- Go for a walk or jog outside! While the CDC recommends staying 6ft. apart, this doesn’t stop you from going out and getting some fresh air.
- Take a bubble bath, and add Lavender Essential Oil for ultimate relaxation.
- Exercise! (Many gyms and studios are offering online classes!) Endorphins are one of the number one ways to beat seasonal depression, or even depression in general.
- Listen to music. Music is a great mood booster, especially if you live alone and are used to the quiet.
- Spend some time deep cleaning. While everyone is busy cleaning their hands and surfaces, now is a great time to also tackle the garage or switch out your winter clothes for spring clothes.
- Learn something new. All of the ivy leagues are offering hundreds of free online classes!
- Spend time with family. You can’t go anywhere so you might as well get some quality time in. Added endorphin boost if you spend time laughing.
- Find a new hobby. With all this free time on your hands, maybe tryout something new, like baking, writing, or crafting.
- Check-in on a friend (through FaceTime)! We’re all in this boat together and while we may be physically isolated, that doesn’t mean we still can’t connect with others.
This is a hard time for everyone. All we can do is take it day by day and be there for ourselves and one another. At this time we all need to prioritize our health and wellbeing. Try diffusing your favorite scent for a natural boost! Just bloom.