If you’re on the East Coast I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, sound, and out of harm’s way. We’re blessed to say that Sandy’s wrath is behind us. While we can now breathe a collective sigh of relief that the chaos has come to an end, there’s still one rather irksome matter to attend to: cabin fever. With many major streets and expressways being flooded, and the indefinite suspension of New York City’s public transportation, boredom may be challenging to avoid.
So how can you use this down time to your advantage, without developing a serious case of cabin fever in the process? Check out these 5 helpful tips:
1. Get Plenty of Rest. While you can’t exactly follow the bear’s example and sleep until the first day of spring, you’ll find that catching up on sleep will make you more productive as an individual. As entrepreneurs, we frequently burn the candle at both ends. Use this time to catch up on a bit of beauty sleep!
2. Eat Good Mood Food. As we all know, certain foods help uplift our spirits. These foods contain high levels of amino acid, tryptophan, which our bodies convert to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being and happiness. According to the book, The Serotonin Secret, the best sources of tryptophan are: turkey, sunflower seeds, lobster, asparagus, cottage cheese, pineapple, tofu, spinach, and bananas.
3. Complete overhaul and reorganize your closet! If your closet is always a mess, this is an opportune time to go through everything and purge and sort. Put some music on or watch TV while you work to ease the pain! Schedule a large block of time for this task and take at least one break for a snack and beverage.
4. Read an actual book. When is the last time you actually held a real book in your hands and read the entire thing? Go ahead, pick up a book. It will be good for your brain! I just purchased “Fifty Shades of Grey” in the airport last week and have yet to crack it open. Think it’s time to give it a spin!
5. Cook, bake, and spend some time in the kitchen. You know all of those delectable recipes you’ve been collecting? Try one today! If you were smart, you already bought all the essentials at the grocery store before the storm hit.
6. Enjoy the company of the people stuck at home with you. If you’re alone, you can indulge in a little Face Time, talk to people on the phone the old school way, or catch up with friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. At least you’ll have some interaction with the outside world.