Give Cabin Fever the Finger This Winter

Don't let the weather win.

The temperature’s plummeting, and the odds that you’ll actually leave your house are dropping right along with it. But once you’ve cooked that casserole and played all your board games five times, that old familiar feeling is going to set in: antsiness, boredom, the urge to kill your roommate.

Yes, cabin fever is coming. But you can beat it — with our help, of course. Just take these tips to heart, and you’ll make it to spring with your sanity intact.

  • ADOPT A PET

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    Having a little pal to take care of can distract you from the monotony of your crushing loneliness. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.

  • KEEP YOUR SPACE TIDY

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    Don’t let the laundry and dishes pile up. A cluttered home will only add to that pesky hunch that the walls are closing in around you. Cleaning can also be a therapeutic relief from seasonal depression, though we won’t tell anyone if you hire an army of maids to do the dirty work for you.

  • GET YOURSELF A “SPECIAL FRIEND”

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    Cozy up to the idea of a wintertime fling. Your usual posse may be too ice-and-snow-averse to leave the house, but the prospect of some cold-weather canoodling is more than enough to attract a certain kind of company to your door. Give ’em the boot when the snow thaws, especially if you’re related.

  • GO OUTSIDE ONCE IN A WHILE

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    The elements are daunting, but you need to leave the house eventually (even if you technically bought enough canned cream of mushroom soup to last the season). Grab a friend and go have a nice meal together. Then leave while they’re in the bathroom so they have to pay.