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How to Relax at the Cabin

Jul 30, 2008
So, you're heading out to the family cabin/cottage and you're on a mission to relax. First off, pat yourself on the back for taking some time to take care of you! And next, before you set off into the wild blue yonder, think about these approaches that'll help you truly gain that outdoor, away from the hustle and bustle relaxation that you so deserve. Because the fact is, although we all have the greatest intentions to kick back and relax on our holidays, it is not always and automatic occurrence. A little technique can go a long way in learning the discipline of relaxation.

Here's a suggestion. Even if there's access to an internet connection, seriously ask yourself whether or not you truly NEED to check your e-mail and play around on the internet while you're away. Our reliance on this technology can easily become a bit of an addiction, and can quickly eat up valuable relaxation time. Consider leaving the computer and your need to "stay connected" at home. Think about connecting with yourself, with whomever else you're meeting at the cabin, and with nature. It may take some time to un-wind from all the social pressures you've put on yourself, but having a disciplined break from all this stuff is very healing and will have a positive effect on you when return to "the real world". ( or heck, maybe you'll decide to stay out in the boonies for a little longer!)

As an alternative, if you're the type of person who needs and enjoys filtering information, try taking a journal with you or some nice writing paper. Write down your thoughts and feelings, or work on a written correspondence to a friend. This way, you're still expressing yourself, but have at least removed the computer and the buzz of technology. Think of the romanticism of a cabin in the woods, and some pen and paper.... it evokes a much more organic picture, than that of a computer in the woods....

Again, as with the computers, other portable communication devices like blackberries, etc, should seriously be questioned in terms of whether or not you NEED them for a week or so of your free time. Also, consider the experience of others around you in your decision. I doubt that many of us expect, or want such technology buzzing around us when we head out for a get-way to the cabin. Your family might consider establishing a collective rule around such devices- so that everyone is on board and supportive of an environment of relaxation.

On your vacation make a determined effort to spend some time alone. This is something we rarely do, as there tend to be so many interruptions and demands around us on a daily basis. A simple walk in the woods, or along the beach, alone, can be like a gentle mediation and really help you get into the groove of your holiday.

Hopefully this time alone will help to clear your mind so you can focus on the here and how. It's very important during your relaxation time to let go of your work life and to be with your family and friends. If you're finding this difficult, which many people do, there are some techniques to help you. First off, you might verbalize some of your anxiety. Talk to someone there at the cabin and express your wish to just let it go. Sometimes all we need to let something go, is to name it, say it out loud and to have a witness there to hear you and empathize. Don't feel that you're weak if you need to do this. It's stronger to be honest, than to bottle it all up and not truly be present because of the mental stress it's causing you.

Another option to help clear your mind is to do some mediation or yoga while on your vacation. If you're new to these disciplines, consider bringing few beginner books out to the cabin. With the down time you have, this might be a great time to start some basic training. You could also consider taking some classes at home before your vacation, to get you acquainted with a particular approach or routine.

Most people feel the need to bring their cell phone. If you do, try to discipline yourself to use it only for emergency out-calls. Keep it turned off during the day, and set aside a short period of time to check messages and return calls only if necessary. If it is not an emergency, remember you're on vacation and are not required to return calls!

Another great way to relax if you're someone who craves some stimulation outside of meditation, walks and just generally taking in the nature around you, is to play games. Board games, sport activities. fishing and boating excursions- these are great ways to involve everybody, and to release tension through activity. Another fun thing to do, is to bring some materials for arts and crafts. Create a painting, or something artistic to decorate your cabin with.

However you approach your vacation time at the cabin, learning to truly relax while you're there will make for a rewarding, and fulfilling experience.
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