7 Rules for Making Your Cottage Season Relaxing

It's Time To Just Relax!

Cottage InsuranceRelax. It’s a word that easily rolls of the tongue. But when it comes to putting words into action – or, in this case perhaps, inaction – knowing how to relax can be a challenge, especially if you live the rest of your life at full throttle!

Remember, relaxation was one of the reasons you bought or rented your seasonal cottage, right?

So, how exactly do you make your cottage season relaxing?

Whether you’re away for the weekend or the whole of summer, here are 7 important things you can do to make the most of your time in your cottage, seasonal home, lake house, condo or other second home.

Rule #1 Prepare

It sounds obvious, but the more time and effort you put into making sure you have everything you need for your cottage vacation before you go, the less stressed out you’ll be when you get there.

Don’t rely on your memory. Make a checklist, adding to it as you go along. And don’t forget to pack maps and documentation, including insurance details.

You might find this packing list on HuffPost’s Canada Living site useful:

Rule #2 Get in the Mood

Cabin InsuranceIf you want to relax, you have to create the right cottage environment, where comfort rules.

Forget about stylish, modern furniture, in favor of the cozy, rustic look and soft carpets. Use subdued lighting, with table lamps and candles instead of glaring overhead fittings.

(Ensure you follow safety rules with candles, including ensuring someone is always in the room when they’re lit.)

Create a collection of relaxing background music and, if you have a bathtub, equip and light it for long, warm soaking.

Providing you and your family/guests are not allergic, use aromatherapy oils to create a soothing atmosphere.

Rule #3 Don’t be over-ambitious.

Planning to do too much and creating a tight schedule for yourself in your second home is the fastest route to getting stressed out instead of relaxing.

On the other hand, some people feel uneasy if they don’t have a plan for every day.

That’s okay, but keep that schedule “loose” and flexible, with plenty of time to change course or simply abandon it if you feel like it. If traveling is involved, allow twice as much time as you think it will take, so you never end up rushing.

It’s also important that you have buy-in from your family or other companions on anything you do plan to do. There’s nothing worse for ruffling feathers than insisting others do what you want to do – or even going along with someone else’s plan that, deep-down, you don’t want to do.

Rule #4 Socialize

Research suggests that mixing and doing things with other people is one of the keys to personal contentment.

That doesn’t mean you need to be entertaining or partying every day. But it does suggest you should make the effort to get to know your neighbors, perhaps over a barbecued steak.

Again, don’t be over-ambitious by drawing up fancy menus or detailed plans. Make the event as laid back as you want to feel.

The other advantage of getting to know your neighbors is that you have someone to call on if you need help. And simply knowing that will contribute to your sense of security.

Rule #5 Pursue your hobby.

Cottage InsuranceIf you’re like most of us, you don’t have enough time in your regular schedule to enjoy your favorite pastime, whether that’s fishing, collecting stamps, crafting of simply reading.

Relaxing in your second home should be full of opportunities to indulge those hobbies.

In some cases, that precise nature of your hobby may seem to make impossible to pursue those hobbies.

So, give some time, before you leave for your cottage, to thinking exactly how you might go about it – perhaps by bringing certain items with you, reading up on your subject or “chatting” online with fellow enthusiasts.

The path to relaxation is as simple as this: focus on what you like to do most.

Rule #6 Make time for mindfulness

There’s a whole avalanche of evidence that mindfulness – the simple practice of focusing on the ‘now’ – can lead to better physical and mental health and contribute dramatically to your ability to relax.

Mindfulness is not about yoga, Buddhism or advanced meditation techniques – though all of these activities may involve mindfulness.

It’s simple to learn and practice. And there’s surely no better time to learn and try it out than in the tranquility of your cottage or lakeside home.

You don’t need to take lessons (although doing so might help). There are plenty of books and online videos to explain the practice.

One of the best-selling books is Kim Niclol’s Offering: The Great Power of Mindfulness to Awaken the Love, Calm and Winder in Everyday Life.

Practicing mindfulness while you’re in your seasonal home will provide benefits that will stay with you when your vacation season is long over.

Rule #7 Be Safe and Secure

Nothing unsettles the mind more than fear – fear of crime, fear of accidents, fear of the unexpected and the unknown.

Reduce or eliminate those fears with the following steps:

  • Ensure your second home is secure, with good locks, window and door protection and alarms.
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Let people back home know where you are and how to contact you.
  • Have a good safety kit, including flashlights, radio and cell phones, plus a well-stocked first aid kit.
  • Keep a handy list of emergency contact numbers.

Peace of Mind 

Finally, of course, it’s vital for your seasonal home to be properly protected with good cottage insurance so that, even if the unexpected does happen, you’ll know you’re covered.

Here at Peake & McInnis LTD, we can provide home insurance for all types of second homes – cottages, condos, lake houses and other seasonal homes.

You can arrange or check your coverage quickly and easily by just giving us a call. 1-877-232-1671


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