Sure, the weather outside is frightfully FREEZING! It's cold and only getting colder in the days to come. Some of us may be stuck inside for a while and as you know, that can lead to some serious cabin fever. So, what can one do to avoid pulling a Jack Nicholson in The Shining? Here are 5 things that I think will help.

Keep yourself occupied and remember "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy..."

PS (if you haven't seen The Shining, check it out...)


1. BAKE! If you're stuck in the house, why not make it smell (and taste) amazing! Try a new recipe or an old go-to favorite and get the whole family involved. Get everyone off the phones and in the kitchen. They won't remember that game they played on their phone, but they will remember spending time with each other.

2. Take a Hike! Go outside for a bit! Yes, this may seem insane when it's 18 degrees, but a nice walk outside in the wintery white will wake you up and very VERY excited to get back inside. Take photos, make snow men, snow angels, have snow ball fights, build forts! And when you walk back to the house, get all cozied up with some hot cocoa, and do #3.

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox

3. Watch Cold Weather Movies. I don't know about you, but I LOVE watching movies about the cold when it's cold outside. There's just something cool about seeing the snow on TV and looking out the window to see the same landscape. Some suggestions in different genres: Snow Day, Eight Below, The Day After Tomorrow, 28 Days of Night, The Shining (duh), Cool Runnings, Fargo, The Ice Storm, Frozen, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and/or pretty much any Christmas movie!

4. READ A BOOK. I know, I know, CRAZY!! Unplug, turn on the radio, fireplace or candles going, and take some time to read. Hey, if it makes you feel better, evern reading on Kindle is cool. When's the last time you really cozied up to a good book. And if you want, read out loud to each other. Kids, parents, couples, or hey, read to the cat. Then take a nap. Trust me on this one!

5. Write Letters! Seriously, when's the last time you got anything in the mail you really wanted? Get addresses, and take the time to write someone. They'll love getting something more than junk mail, I know I would!

6. Call Your Mother. Or Father, or uncle. Take some time to reach out and talk to family or friends you haven't talked to in a while. We spend so much time texting and Facebooking, that having conversations seems to be a dying thing. You'd be surprised how much you have to share with a loved one you haven't gotten to spend time with, even they like all your posts. So, go old school and reach out and touch someone. And if you don't know what that means, ask your parents. :)