Avoiding Cabin Fever- Al Fresco Garden Dining in the Covid Era.
Updated: Jun 7
Cabin fever is defined as: "a distressing claustrophobic irritability or restlessness experienced when a person, or group, is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended time." For those of us without access to a garden, the lockdown restrictions have probably induced these feelings to a greater or lesser degree. Effectively, the entire population has been under a form of house (or flat) arrest.
But one good thing (if we can call it that) is that people have been going out for walks into nature, and discovering (or re-discovering) outdoor cycling and the joy of gardening again. These are things that we may have taken for granted but when our freedoms are curtailed, these simple pleasures start to become more important and meaningful.
Indeed, in the Psychological Science paper -The Cognitive Benefits of Interacting with Nature-, the authors stated that one therapy for cabin fever is as simple as getting out and interacting with nature directly. Research has demonstrated that even brief interactions with nature can promote improved cognitive functioning, support a positive mood, and overall well-being.
With reports of Covid variant's a weekly news staple, it /;' mnis likely that our social interactions are likely to be ever increasingly conducted outside in the future, given that in the case of Covid, sun light and fresh air seem to be the best disinfectant. The outdoors will become the new indoors, and dinner parties & socialising will be increasingly done Al Fresco.
It might just be time to buy that 2.4 metre long Oak dining table in time for your summer parties, and get some firewood chopped for the BBQ!