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Tips to Ease You Through Cabin Fever
Several weeks into isolation and social distancing, our initial reactions are morphing into bigger, more intense reverberations. We’re experiencing what is often called “cabin fever.” Some common symptoms include:

• Restlessness
• Lethargy
• Sadness or depression
• Impatience
• Trouble concentrating
• Increase or decrease in appetite
• Decreased motivation
• Sleep disturbances

Your Body Needs feels you – we’re learning new ways to live every day. There are many articles available about Cabin Fever and stress management during these extraordinary times, and we urge you to take advantage of all the information available.

We want to offer you something different – a few specific recommendations of things we’ve found that can help, or distract, or motivate, or calm you, depending on your needs from one day to the next. Enjoy!

ON YOUR PHONE:

Libby (Free, Android and iOS)

Being forced to stay home gives you a great opportunity to catch up on reading. If you've got a valid local library card, you can digitally borrow thousands of ebooks and audiobooks from Libby, free of charge.

Insight Timer (Free, Android and iOS)

The number one free meditation app, and for good reason. Explore guided, silent, music, drumming, and just about any other kind of meditation practice there is. If you’ve been putting off trying meditation, now is the perfect time. Insight Times has lots of resources for beginners, so start exploring.

ESSENTIAL OILS:

For Relaxation

Lavender essential oil is one of the most widely used for relaxing effects. One study found that lavender oil aromatherapy calmed the nervous system -- lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and skin temperature as well as changing brain waves to a more relaxed state. Use it alone in a diffuser, or as part of a blend (such as our Serenity Now synergy blend).

For Energy and Focus

Rosemary essential oil has a stimulating, invigorating, and refreshing aroma that will uplift you. It may help improve cognitive function and brain health so you feel up to tackling new or different tasks. Additionally, rosemary oil can help reduce the effects of stress. A study released in 2007 confirmed that inhaling rosemary for five minutes reduced cortisol in the body, thus decreasing the chances of experiencing chronic stress. It works well alone in a diffuser or an inhaler, and blends beautifully with lemon, grapefruit, orange, and eucalyptus.

IN YOUR HOME:

Set A Timer

Are you stressed about all the things you think you should be doing, and yet have no motivation? Here’s a useful practice – set a timer! Pick an area you want to work on (like the linen closet or kitchen junk drawer). Set a timer for 15 minutes and start work. When the timer dings, STOP, whether you’re “done” or not. First, it’s easy to convince ourselves to do something for a very limited time and 15 minutes is easy. Second, you’ll be surprised at how much you actually get done in 15 minutes. Repeat daily as needed, and reward yourself for getting it done.

Change It Up

Sitting at home staring at the same scene, day after day, can quickly get old. We can’t get out to shop, but we can rearrange things. Move the couch. Change out the throw pillows (or move them to a different room for a few days.) Eat dinner in the backyard. Set the table with your “good” china, or with those left-over paper plates from a birthday party. Anything that gives your eyes and brain something different to focus on will stimulate and enliven your senses.

We hope you find something to help you here – we’d love to hear YOUR suggestions for how you’re getting through and living during this unusual period. Share your suggestions, happy thoughts, or questions. We’re all in this together, and it’s times like this that we can embrace and support our different “families.”

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