Curing Cabin Fever

Curing Cabin Fever

By WEEK Producer
By Denise Jackson

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 9:08 PM CDT

The blizzard of 2011 may have produced a big dose of cabin fever among many of you.
And this week's deep freeze may also tempt you to stay indoors.
But one behavioral health specialist says it's therapeutic to get outside.

Gail Koch (cook) is Behavioral Health Services Director at O-S-F St. Francis Medical Center.
She says individuals who live alone, especially older adults, are sometimes prone to procrastination about venturing out.
But she encourages folks who don't have health restrictions to get a little bit of exercise by visiting a neighbor. She says it can boost your spirits on cold, cloudy days.

"Whether that be going to the store or going shopping or going out to a restaurant set a goal that you're gonna get yourself out there," Koch said.

If you're feeling especially anxious and may not just be the winter blahs or cabin fever.
Experts say you could be experiencing seasonal affective disorder...episodes of depression that occur every year...most often in winter.
Light therapy can help.

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