Here's a cabin fever cure

It's winter, and it's cold. With the majority of our time spent indoors, chances are we may have cabin fever.

Cabin fever is a state of anxiety, restlessness and/or boredom arising from spending a prolonged period of time indoors or in a confined or remote place. Spring and warmer weather are still weeks away, so here are some ideas to help you combat cabin fever:

* Explore new hobbies. Tap into your creativity. Art is a great way to explore a new activity. If painting or drawing isn't for you, challenge yourself to discover a creative outlet that is perfect for winter.

* Make sure to maintain a social calendar. Going to lunch, shopping, playing cards or talking with friends on a routine basis is a great way to reduce the winter blues.

* On nice days, get outside for a few minutes. Just five minutes outside can go a long way to reducing the sense of confinement that can accompany the cold winter months.

* Start a garden. Gardening is a great way to combine a sense of control and calm. You can start some plans now for your spring garden. If outdoor gardening isn't for you, try container gardening and enjoy fresh herbs all year round.

* Get regular physical activity. Even though we may want to hibernate and not do much during winter, keeping physically active is a great way to combat cabin fever. You don't have to join a gym, just walk laps in your house or dance to a favorite song.

This information is from the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care.

Thanks for help

Many thanks to last week's Meals on Wheels volunteers. Are you interested in helping? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you'd like to help, call Patti at 272-3620 or 260-6282.

Scheduled activities

Thursday begins with TOPS at 9 a.m. Computer class is at 9 a.m., followed by art class at 10 a.m. Gentle exercises start at 11 a.m. The Senior Citizens Association board meets at 1 p.m. The Ambassador Singers practice at 1 p.m. Skip-Bo begins at 1 p.m. Strength Training for seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Yoga is at 6:30 p.m.

Friday starts with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. Craft Shop check-in/out is from 10 a.m. to noon. A nurse from St. Catherine Hospital will be available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Bridge starts at 12:45 p.m.

Saturday, the pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Prairie Land Food pick-up is at noon. Fiddlers, Pickers & Singers meet from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sunday has duplicate bridge at 2 p.m.

Monday has double pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Strength Training for Seniors is at 5:15 p.m. Duplicate bridge starts at 7 p.m.

Tuesday has walking at 8:30 a.m. Computer class is at 9 a.m. Gentle exercises begin at 11 a.m. Joining us for lunch will be representatives from the city and county. A special election is being held on Tuesday, March 4, regarding extending a sales tax set to expire. Come and learn more about this issue and be sure to vote on March 4. The speakers will be here at 11:30 a.m. Pitch begins at 12:30 p.m. Bridge starts at 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 26 begins with line dancing at 8:30 a.m. TOPS 1116 meets at 10 a.m. Library outreach is at 11:30 a.m. Pinochle starts at 12:30 p.m. Completely Unraveled meets at 1 p.m. The dance at 7:30 p.m. features "The Last Rezort." The recommended donation is $5 per person.

Health tip

February's healthy living goal is to work out three times a week for at least 30 minutes. Already exercising? Increase to five times a week.

Lunch menu

Lunch is served at noon.

Thursday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, green beans, tossed salad, French bread, peach pie cake.

Friday: Tuna salad sandwich, potato soup, diced chilled tomatoes, apricots.

Monday: Meat loaf, au gratin potatoes, oriental vegetable mix, bread, strawberries.

Tuesday: Pork cutlets, sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, roll, ambrosia.

Feb. 26: Roast turkey, potatoes and gravy, winter mixed vegetables, roll, fruit gelatin.

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