Being too busy and how to unwind in 24 hours

posted by Russ, June 27 in lifestyle design with tags , , , , ,

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Life moves too fast

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Sometimes life just gets too busy. Work, eat, bills, sleep, exercise, relax (for a moment) work, run errands. It just seems to go on and on. Even for someone like me who tries to keep their life simple, it doesn’t always work. When I am home I seem to keep myself too busy, and fall behind on all the things I want to do. Making an hour to just sit with a book never seems to happen, no matter how little is on my plate.

Quite honestly, as my girlfriend has correctly pointed out to me, I think a lot of my time disappears into the Internets. Keeping up with my RSS feeds, following Tweeters, checking the news, the weather, brainstorming ideas for my website, following links that follow links… You get the idea. In fairness though, I enjoy it, and I do also find time for other things like working in the garden, doing yoga, and watching a little guilty pleasure TV. And also, all that time spent online does keep me up to date with the world, as I seem to just devour all types of media, from blogs to news to real paper publications, but have found myself all to often starting sentences with “I read this article the other day” or “This guy whose blog I follow” and it makes me feel a little too dorky.

So when your time just seems to disappear and you can’t seem to find time for the simple things, what better than a weekend camping in the mountains?

Mountains, camping, and relaxing

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Sure, more than one night would be great, but when you’re on a tight schedule, taking 24 hours away from the distractions of home can be a miracle cure. Just this weekend I drove out to the mountains east of San Diego on Saturday afternoon, and returned Sunday afternoon, and getting away like that worked great. The relaxation factor is much higher than if the same time had been spent at home. There are no temptations from the computer, none from the TV, and best of all there are no bills to look over and no cleaning to be done. Only the most simple tasks need to be tended to; setting up camp and preparing food. And when you drive back into town already you notice how the pace of life is moving too fast.

After a simple night like that spent relaxing — having a few cocktails by the fire, sleeping under the stars, and reading a book — you can return home recharged and feel like you escaped life for just a bit.

Originally posted on Saturday, June 27th, 2009 at 10:37 AM .

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