By Melina Guth

News Editor

Source: Open Data Institute

Cabin fever, everyone suffers from it from time to time, however, it is worse for some more than others. A leisurely walk or bike ride around the neighborhood can be refreshing for your mind and body. But, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.

Are you an artist, chef, painter or writer? Now, more than ever, is a perfect time to get that creativity flowing and show off your artsy side, as well as improve on any skills you’re interested in gathering. Online schooling and social distancing doesn’t limit you to the computer or TV screen all day long. Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest that engagement in brain-stimulating activities, such as exercise, helps to “build your cognitive reserve”, simply meaning that regular activity can help improve your resilience and flexibility as a person.

So, what are you doing to stay active? Sophomore Carter Rakestraw said that he has gone on walks on the trail near his house and played with his dogs outside. “[Physical Activities] have given me things to do that occupy my mind” he said during his interview.

Gabrielle Fernandez, also a sophomore, said she also enjoyed spending time with her dog as well as taking him to the park. There is always a way to stay active without having to go very far, and being active doesn’t mean forcing yourself to go outside or participate in activities that you don’t enjoy. “Indoors, I played a lot of old video games that I haven’t touched in a long time. I changed my room around a bit and made it a lot cleaner” she continued.

It is always a great idea to search online or ask those around you about what events are taking place nearby, that way you can get out, be active, and socialize. Are you excited for Halloween? Get festive with a Halloween Hike on October 31st at Patapsco Valley Quarry Trail. Arrive at 11:00 AM wearing your optional Halloween costume! To learn more about the Halloween Hike, what to bring and how to RSVP, click here.

Looking for something a bit more upbeat? Clark’s Elioak Farm will be hosting Halloween Costume Parades on October 31st, and this is a great opportunity for you and your family to get out and take part in some festivities! Additionally, enjoy rides, petting farm animals, a pumpkin patch, a fairy forest, and more. To learn more about the parades, admission fees, and times, click here.

With little effort, you will be able to find something to fuel both your mind and body while being safe during this time. From board games to bike rides, the fun doesn’t come to an end.