Cabin Fever


As our days of quarantine stretch into another four weeks, we need to remember that the good or bad that we experience is not in our surroundings as much as it is in our mind’s eye.  Wherever you are, your next month could be better, and it could be much worse.  Whatever you are experiencing, is controlled more from your head and less from your four walls.

Some people would hate being in a royal palace, and some would be happy in a barn stall.  Your domicile is just that, a home.  Apartment or estate, your place of residence is only that, the place where you live. Whether you are happy with it or not is up to you.  This function lives in your brain.

Make a list with three columns.  What you like about your surroundings, what you do not like about your surroundings. The third column is what you can change about your surroundings to make them more desirable for you. Remember, the problem is more profound than just someone or something.  The problem is the results of some action or interference, which prevents you from your desired goal. 

Look at the list from time to time to see how you can minimize the actions that give you discomfort.  As you do this, try to be mindful of your effects that cause others the same angst that you are feeling.   Consider what you can do to minimize their negative feelings. Also, consider the idea that if they felt better, you might feel better.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Author: Mike Balof

A retired Air Force Master Sergeant, Mike used to lay in bed at night and worry about what would happen if his plant closed or found himself without a job. One day his plant closed. Rather than panic and hysteria (OK, maybe a little) Mike found himself carried away on the adventure of his life. Mike started with the best job he ever had working at Home Depot. He spent 8 years working with job seekers at a local workforce center, helping them to find employment. He then started his own company developing courses, writing books and urging others to follow their own paths into the future. Mike holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Training and a Bachelor of Business Management, earned through the University of Phoenix and an AAS degree in Electronics Systems Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Mike is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society.

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