What Is Cabin Fever And How To Prevent It From Damaging Your Productivity?

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What Is Cabin Fever And How To Prevent It From Damaging Your Productivity?
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Cabin fever is almost synonymous with claustrophobia. It is not just any type of claustrophobia but the one that engulfs you when you are forced to stay indoors or under confinement for considerably long periods of time. Tendency to sleep, lacking the ability to trust anyone or to go outside even in adverse weather conditions, are some of the symptoms of cabin fever. Cabin fever is not something that will cause you some severe irreparable damage. However, if it gets severe, you may be suffering from suicidal tendencies or from paranoia.

While that was all about the general idea of the term called cabin fever, this same thing can be inflicted upon you while you are at work. Cabin fever affects mostly the ones who are remote workers. While freelancing and working from home can seem to be an enticing offer because of its flexible working hours, it comes with its downsides as well. It is true that working from home or working remotely will not make you slog from 9am to 5pm, but it will definitely make dealing with isolation a tough task, and that is when you might be experiencing the initial symptoms of cabin fever at work. Making an office out of your home will not let you succumb entirely to cabin fever. However, remote workers can go crazy especially in the winter months.

Here are some of the hacks which will help you combat cabin fever:

Darkness Will Not Do The Trick

A room that is properly lighted can enhance your mood and productivity
A room that is properly lighted can enhance your mood and productivity

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Who is that creature who survives on darkness? Yes, they are vampires and not all vampires lead a luxurious life like Edward Cullen of the Twilight Saga. If you do not want to fall prey to cabin fever, make sure you have adequate supply of bright sunlight while you are working. Working in the darkness can lead to depression. So make sure your working space is a sunny and cheerful corner. That way you will be more enthusiastic about your work.

Find Time To Go Out Each Day

Most work from home people are the ones who have kids they have to take care of. That encompasses taking them to school and bringing them back. So that lets them be in some sort of touch with the outside world. However, if you do not have a kid to take to school, then make sure that you find some time out for yourself during which you get to go out. Simply going for a stroll or visiting the next door neighbour can be very refreshing.

Being Lazy Will Make It Worse

Some light exercise or yoga can make a great impact on your mental health
Some light exercise or yoga can make a great impact on your mental health

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Cabin fever hits when you cannot go out due to adverse weather conditions. However, the trick is to stay active. Even if you cannot go out, you can always do something at home. Simple free hand working out at home will release endorphins and escalate your mood considerably. You can also go for yoga or the treadmill. The main idea is to take short breaks while you are working as being in front of the computer for a long time will hinder your mental health.

Friends Can Be Helpful

It is always advisable to invite a friend over for lunch or visit a friend at least once a week. Constant work can hinder your social life. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so it is only fair that you take some time out each week to spend with your friends. That will not only keep you rejuvenated but will also keep your social life intact.

With these simple hacks, you can now bid adieu to cabin fever.