“I believe in four seasons. I believe that winter’s tough, but spring’s coming. I believe that there’s a growing season. And I think that you realize that in life, you grow. You get better.– Steve Southerland
R E C O G N I Z E T H E S E S Y M P T O M S ?
One side of cabin fever for me anyway ( as my partner Susan will readily attest to) is the extremely cold dome of arctic air which has loomed over the area for almost three weeks. The temperatures hovered near the minus 35 to 40 degree Celsius mark. Simple acts like shovelling snow, grocery shopping and even brushing snow off your vehicle’s windshield exposes you to the harsh reality of winter weather.
Did you ever wish that you could hibernate for the winter like bears or groundhogs — asleep and confident in the knowledge that when you awake from your winter long slumber the days would be warmer, flowers blooming and the air rife with optimism and hope?
Well human beings are not that fortunate. We have to slog through deep winter snow, face arctic cold temperatures and experience the effects of cabin fever which changes our dispositions in ways that do not quite enhance our humane qualities in a positive light.
Folks coping badly with their indoor winter captivity are emotionally distraught, they are anxious, nervous and not on their best behavior especially so when the temperatures outdoor dip way below the freezing mark.
Rather than curse the remaining days of a long winter many areas present Cabin Fever Festivals in which the celebration of spring and all that is associated with that season are honored.
Many cities take advantage of the polar weather and present ice sculptures that momentarily redirect the nastiness of the season into an appreciation of the inspiring sculptures creative artists have presented.
Consider this fact: Do you think the ground hogs who were rudely awakened on February 2nd to predict the end of winter also suffer from another type of cabin fever — insomnia? – gc