Avoiding Cabin Fever by Enjoying the Outdoors

Whether you’re in a mansion or a cabin, follow this basic rule of thumb: always try to get outside! Enjoy the sun. Enjoy the air. After all, your body needs that oxygen! What happens when you don’t get those basic necessities: cabin fever.

The Scientific Study of “Cabin Fever”

Yes, this is a real thing. Not a movie. Not anything involving issues with “The Purge” and some apocalyptic universal one-day-in-a-year-crime-is-legal mentality. There have been cases of people going basically stir crazy in their homes due to a claustrophobic reaction resulting from isolation and small spaces (something to watch out for in a tiny Maine house? Maybe not.).
Interestingly enough, this phenomenon called “cabin fever” first recorded and studied back in 1838 isn’t so much about the space as it is the options available to pass the time away. When you think about it like that, the extreme irritability, paranoia and restlessness typical of someone suffering from cabin fever’s a no-brainer as far as the antidote — you need to get out, man!
Walk out of the door. Into the sunshine. And explore, for crying out loud. After all, the outdoors even benefit marketing campaigns, and that’s for people who are actually at work! We humans were meant to be outside; just ask Adam and Eve.
This doesn’t mean, though, that you can’t live on a boat, or a cabin, or a small mobile home for a lengthy period of time. You can. You just need to bring the outdoors into your daily living as well. The tiny isolated home you live in then just becomes an extension of your lifestyle.
This largely is supported by the fact that you can still go stir crazy even in a massive mansion (I’d venture to say that you can go crazier with all that space).

Home Isn’t Just a ‘House’

You, therefore, when approaching the H.O.P.E. Program for the prospect of getting a zero-down mortgage, don’t worry so much about square footage. Just a thought. Think function versus trend or satisfaction. Happiness comes from within, and then with that happiness, you make the home. You don’t make the home with an in-ground pool, trendy curb appeal, and a spiffy mailbox (although that could help a little, I guess).

Looking for a Retirement Town? Try Bangor, Maine

Getting away from a life lived in hectic disarray with kids, jobs, 401Ks and home improvements to advance the return on investment ultimately seems like the true goal of retirement, so it’s no wonder that many would look at certain cities out there catering to that demographic. What would make for the best retirement town, though, for just a place anyone can settle down in and breathe the fresh air? Think east coast. Think way up there where time slows down to a crawl. Yes, it’s a small town (and some might think that’s tried and trite), but this particular city’s so much more.

Bangor, Maine: A Unique Retirement TownBangor retirement town

The quiet’s all good for a retirement town. Don’t get me wrong. Sometimes it can drive a person stir crazy, though, hence why fellowship and good times often will retirement that much sweeter. Bangor, Maine, brings that mentality to a retirement town in great fashion, and not just because the home prices and mortgage payment medians are so low.

You’re surrounded by nature here in Bangor, Maine. If you enjoy the cold, hot chocolate and sweaters out in a log cabin, Bangor could be the ticket of a spectacular retirement town. There’s something better to enjoy, though, when it comes to this retirement town:

Try music. Music everywhere. Bangor’s actually known for their annual 3-day American Folk Festival. The best part? It’s free. This is the true benefit for retirees looking for a spot-on retirement home all because of the fixed-incomes. You can live and enjoy life without having to shell out a lot of money.

While state taxes on pensions do exist, you’ll benefit from the lack thereof regarding social security, so this might be a pretty decent go for you. Just one thing….

You Might Want to Get Used to the Snow

Maybe you like hockey, sledding and skiing? If so, more power to you. When looking for a retirement town, if you’re in the real estate market for those sorts of things, head to Bangor, Maine. And enjoy that hot chocolate while you’re at it.