Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for six more weeks of winter seems indisputable at this point. The bone-chilling days and long winter nights have driven us all indoors. If you have been feeling irritable, unmotivated or simply down in the dumps – blame it on cabin fever. If you have to be stuck inside your “cabin”, a stone fireplace could be what cheers you up. Webster’s defines cabin fever as boredom, restlessness, or irritability that results from a lack of environmental stimulation, as from a prolonged stay in a confined indoor area.
“Cabin fever” is real to millions of people. Seasonal affective disorder, is a syndrome with depression that starts and ends at the same time each year, says WebMD. The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 36 million Americans suffer seasonal depression in the fall.
How many of these millions have a fireplace that goes unused? Nothing comforts like a warm cozy fire. We have heard comments from several customers, who purchased an electric fireplace for their elderly parents, who have really enjoyed the feeling the fireplace brings into their rooms. One man goes downstairs to his den every afternoon, switches on the electric fireplace while he relaxes for an afternoon nap. This soothing affect on one’s mind could help with symptoms of depression. A neat feature of electric fireplaces are the flame only setting. So, you could enjoy it year-round. Until we get a break from the cold weather, get plenty of sleep and if you can stand the temps, get outside early in the morning for some sunlight. Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you.