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How to Beat Cabin Fever

By Shelby Townsend
Staff Writer

Winter Storm Jonas dropped nearly two feet of snow on parts of Long Island, according to With more snow expected in the forecast within the next few weeks, students may have difficulty filling the time when stuck indoors. Although the weather since Winter Storm Jonas has been mild, winter is far from over. Here are a few ideas that can help pass the time if you are snowed in.

From left: Students Reggie Zhang, Peter Lu, and Wind Che built a snow man with the leftovers from storm Jonas. Photo: Shuaishuai Li
From left: Students Reggie Zhang, Peter Lu, and Wind Che built a snow man with the leftovers from storm Jonas.
Photo: Shuaishuai Li

1. Netflix

Many students will probably say they spent their time indoors binge-watching their favorite show on Netflix. As long as the Wi-Fi is working, streaming services like Netflix can be the perfect way to pass the time; whether you are alone or with a group of friends. If you aren’t a subscriber to any of these, you probably know somebody who is. An easy solution would be to join them, or since subscribers are allowed multiple devices, many people may have extra devices that have not been used. Ask them if they would be willing to share their username or password. Temporarily of course.

Natalia Schaefer, a freshman business major, is one of many students who went with this option. “I stayed in and watched three seasons of The Office,” she said.

2. Games

Whether they’re video games or old-school board games, games are a great way to spend time with friends without just sitting in front of a T.V. If neither is available, look up new ones on the Internet.

3. Adult Coloring books

It is amazing how quickly time flies when coloring in all of the intricate details in each picture. Adult coloring books are a new craze that makes it socially acceptable for grown men and women to color pre-drawn pictures. They are available from a variety of retailers including Barnes and Noble, Target, Urban Outfitters or Amazon. Plus, according to an article published by in 2015 by Dana Dovey, art therapy in highly effective in relieving stress in adults.

4. Shovel

Zoey Zibor, a freshman public relations major, went home to New Jersey for the storm, where she said her hometown got more than 20 inches. “I shoveled for about three hours because the plow plowed us in,” she said. Although this may not sound like the most fun option, it is a really productive way to spend the time. If your sidewalk or driveway is all clear, try seeing if anybody in your neighborhood could use any help.

5. Schoolwork

Whether you finish your homework at the beginning of the storm, or put it off until, it has to get done eventually, so you may as well use this time inside to finish it.

6. Go Outside!

After the storm has passed, but the roads and sidewalks have not yet been touched, put on a few layers and go outside. It looks like the snow could be around for a while, so you might as well enjoy it. Grab a few friends, channel your inner child and head outside.

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