There are a number of things we can all do to help preserve and nourish our wellbeing, especially at times of high stress. Boredom is also a sign of stress… you know that feeling of everything being too hard, the ability to get out of our own way because it’s all just blah…. As I’m writing this, I’m feeling the pressure of being cooped up too long, not enough to do due to lockdowns, and facing the need to address the cabin fever that’s impacting on my week.
Let’s review what we can do for ourselves when cabin fever hits:
- Journal. Write stuff down, be it a blog, article, or just our own journals for no one else to see but us. Rant, vent, nurture your inner child, do what you need to get the words out of your head so you can sleep.
- Colour. Use your crayons or pencils and draw or colour in the shapes in your mind, or those on a page in a colouring book. Adult colouring books are delicious ways to explore your (maybe) suppressed creativity and sometimes these colours need to be released from your mind just as much as words do.
- Cook or bake. Making a meal can be a ritualistic exercise. Kneading dough, slicing and chopping, stirring sauce, mixing batter…. what ever it takes to still your mind and encourage movement. Stir your senses with fragrance, texture, and vision.
These three things can all be done easily even when ‘stuck’ physically in a small place. They are also forms of meditation and that’s good for mental health and spiritual health too.
There are many other ways to self care, including exercise, growing things, playing music, and making love very slowly… but what ever works for you, turn it into something you do mindfully.
Then wait for the gentle voice of your guides to help ease your mind, sooth your worries, and bring you back to a place of calm. Remember, this too shall pass.