Winter Wonder (what to do) land?

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The winter months can be tough, especially when cabin fever sets in and attention spans are short.  What is cabin fever?

Cabin fever Noun:—   An idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group ends up in an isolated or solitary location, or stuck indoors in confined quarters for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations. Cabin fever is also associated with boredom.

A person may experience cabin fever in a situation such as being in a simple country vacation cottage. When experiencing cabin fever, a person may tend to sleep, to have a distrust of anyone they are with or to have an urge to go outside even in the rain, snow, dark or hail. The phrase is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone.

Some residents of Alaska suffer from cabin fever when they remain indoors throughout the long, snowy winters.

See also: Stir crazy, Piblokto, Prairie madness

Here’s where Winnebago County Parks comes in. Studies have shown that everyone’s physical and mental health improves through exercise and outdoor exercise is even more beneficial. Therapy for cabin fever may be as simple as getting out and interacting with nature. Research has demonstrated that even brief interactions with nature can promote improved cognitive functioning and overall well-being. Add some physical activity to the mix and you’ll be cured in no time.

There are several beautiful areas within the Winnebago County Parks System to go for a walk, hike, fat tire bike ride, snowshoe trek, or cross country ski excursion. The Winnebago County Community Park is disc golf open all year ’round and the Best Friends Dog Park is a great place to get some exercise with your pooch.

If you want to travel farther afield, there’s The WIOUWASH State Recreation Trail and the Mascoutin State Recreation Trail within the County System. There’s also the Waukau Nature Preserve & Dam for a great hike within a beautiful wooded area and the Lasley Point Nature Area where archeologists discovered the remains of a pre-historic Native American village. For a shorter walk, hike or snow shoe, the J.P. Coughlin Nature Area is a great option.

 

Check the Winnebago County website for info on these and other Winnebago County Park System amenities.  http://www.co.winnebago.wi.us/parks

 

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Vicky Redlin

Winnebago County Parks & Sunnyview Expo Center Program Manager, Parks News editor, and frequent Facebook commentator.

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