My recent blog post, about Transitioning from Office to Home Office got me thinking about my biggest challenges as a remote professional: winter cabin fever. When it comes to working from home there are positives and negatives. The upside is not having to fight snow covered or icy roads, not to mention nasty traffic. The downside is you are in your house A LOT. This can take cabin fever and loneliness to a new high, trapped day in and day out. It’s like the movie Groundhog Day, where every day looks the same. But there are things you can do to help alleviate this.
At least once per day, I venture out of the house. If you have nothing planned, even a trip to the grocery store, exercise class, or coffee shop can help get the blood flow going. Changing the scenery is good brain stimulation.
Since my face time with people is limited (and I’m a people person!) I really need to meet with people in person to feel human. I schedule lunch appointments with colleagues, friends, past co-workers – basically anyone who will meet with me!
Take a Mental Vacation
If you can’t get away for the whole winter – wouldn’t that be nice? – schedule a trip and then start planning it. Every few days I take a mental break and start pouring over possible destinations, hotels, and things to do on vacation. I visualize what it will feel like to feel the sand between my toes and the sun on my face!
I know it sounds corny, but meditation and yoga are becoming really popular, with good reason. All day, every minute, our brains are thinking about stuff. A good way to slow the constant flow of thoughts is to focus on your breath. If you are thinking about beginning meditation, but don’t know where to begin, I recommend the book, 10% Happier by Dan Harris. It’s a funny, layperson’s approach to meditation for beginners. And I have to agree that I’m 10% happier having read it!
The weather is starting to break and spring is so close we can taste it! What are you favorite tactics to fighting cabin fever? I’d love to hear them!