3 of 7 Ways to Combat Cabin Fever:
Garden and do yard work
If you have a yard (no matter its size), this is a superb way to break free from your house while still practicing social distancing. Not to mention, tending to the earth has powerful healing elements on its own: it enables a deep relationship between you and the earth to form and flourish. Any negative emotions begin to be replaced with feelings of nurture and care, excitement and pride. Stress and anxiety can be relieved simply by immersing yourself in your own land (i.e. the benefits of bathing in green).
One of my good online pals, @mollywild_, wrote down the significance of gardening/taking care of plants and I believe her eloquent and beautiful words speak volumes to this subject (see below).
Personally, I can testify to the validity of these benefits. Through lots of sweat and hard work, my husband and I completely transformed our urban backyard from a nasty wasteland to a little outdoor haven. Working with the earth bonded me to this plot of land that I had formerly despised. Now, I’ve even grown proud to call it “mine“. I look forward to planting my flowers and tending to my garden. Anticipating our first fire brings a smile to my face. Landscaping and decorating brings me a sense of creative fulfillment. All in all, it gives me something to look forward to each and every day with a sense of accomplishment to boot!
Before and after photos of our yard below. (I am still waiting for the flowers to bloom and am still working on the landscaping + decor).
Below are some items that I purchased to spruce up my yard.
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