Cocooning Lifestyle: Enjoying Happy and Safe Times at Home by Tess Jansen
“Cocooning Lifestyle: Enjoying Happy and Safe Times at Home” by Tess Jansen
About “Cocooning Lifestyle” by Tess Jansen
What does Cocooning mean? Who invented Cocooning? What are the benefits and pleasures of a Cocooning lifestyle for me?
Discover answers to these questions and many more from another book by Tess Jansen who already wrote about Niksen – The Power of Doing Nothing.
A Cocooning lifestyle is a great help in times when you want to stay safely and happily at home. This book will show you the benefits and give you ideas on how to spend a great time at home, enjoy the benefits of de-stressing, and also of using gained additional time and freedom. Cocooning does not mean to be alone or even lonely! Even though this can be part of it, there are many ways to connect to other people.
Book Excerpt of “Cocooning Lifestyle” by Tess Jansen
Different Types of Cocooning
As mentioned in the previous chapter, Faith Popcorn wrote about different forms of cocooning. She did not only familiarize the world with the upcoming trend many years ago but also had a close idea of the ways this concept may take shape. Popcorn has written extensively about such topics. She also introduced three subcategories of cocooning i.e armored cocoon, wandering cocoon, and socialized cocoon.
Armored cocoon refers to a lifestyle in which people create and an extra layer of security around themselves. In this form of cocooning, there are additional measures like high-tech security gates, alarm systems, weapons for protection, etc. So we’re not just talking about staying comfortable, but we’re also practically ensuring a foolproof security system.
This sounds more suitable for areas with a volatile security situation. If the law and order conditions are too worrisome or there are threats like a military attack or terrorism, you would definitely want to upgrade your security system. Staying home is just one aspect of staying safe in such circumstances.
Nowadays there are gated communities that provide extra security to the residents. There are even rules and regulations to enter and exit the place. Identity checks are performed at the entry points which reduces the chances of any unauthorized (or fishy) person getting in.
We’ve often seen in movies or tv shows that when a scientist is working on something secretive he/she chooses a secluded part of the house/lab. There are layers and layers of security. They have alarm systems that go off if someone tries to breach the security.
These scenes from thrillers are one thing, we’ve even seen how Dexter from Dexter’s Laboratory kept his lab confidential. It was a well-hidden secret from the rest of the world (except his annoying sister). The young boy was portrayed as somebody who isn’t too fond of having too many visitors.
While generally people cocooning do not have such a dramatic secret to keep, they can still identify with some of the ideas. The only thing they’re trying to protect is their mental peace and happiness. A well-guarded, secretive lifestyle may make people feel more secure and hence help in achieving this goal.
Solo drives can be a very liberating experience. Going on a long drive is often a good way of relieving all day’s stress and exhaustion. When worries consume you and the routine life seems too overwhelming, you just feel like hitting the road with no particular destination in mind.
To spend most of your time traveling with little or no company is an example of a wandering cocoon. You may attend most matters by phone, eat while on the go, and basically have your life revolve around your travels. The facilities that automobile companies are providing lately also signal towards this trend.
But this may not sound too practical for many people. A more easily conceivable idea would be something like container homes, which have become quite a trend lately. This too is a form of the wandering cocoon lifestyle.
The term wandering cocoon gives you a lot of nomadic vibes. To be on the road with all the essentials and settle wherever you feel like was something exclusive to the nomads. Now it is being practiced by the most technologically advanced sections of society as well.
A wanderer does not need much to survive. He/she can eat from any place on the roadside, can sleep in the car, and manage work and personal affairs by phone. The constant change of environment is refreshing and the reluctance to deal with acquaintance also doesn’t remain an issue anymore.
Of course, there are some prerequisites for this lifestyle. For example, whether you have enough finances to afford such living, is your health stable enough, is it possible for you to ensure the smooth operation of work, etc. But if the answers to most of such questions are positive, there is nothing better than this luxury.
This form of cocooning is the most practical and the most relevant one in recent times. It’s just about staying private and what the current generation calls ‘low-key’. You just simply stay at home most of the time and to avoid complete social isolation, invite friends over occasionally.
If you are living alone, then you already enjoy a significant amount of privacy. The feeling of having a comfortable and secure den already exists. All you need to do is figure out a way to leave home less often and avoid unnecessary visitors.
However, if you share the residence with friends or family, you’ll have to be more creative with cocooning. You may insulate the room or divide the place to have some private area. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable enough, you may perceive the whole apartment/house and the people you live with a part of your social cocoon.
Earlier in the text, we mentioned that introverts may prefer cocooning more than extroverts. This may be even truer for socialized cocooning. It involves just staying indoors and not dealing with other people whatsoever.
Another aspect that we must mention here is the increasing levels of social anxiety. This is a serious problem and the patients experience symptoms like increased heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, etc when they’re around other people. Social cocooning may also be used to alleviate these symptoms until the problem is resolved completely.
Overall, this third type of cocooning is the most commonly practiced by people. While the other two require some significant arrangements to be made beforehand, this can be applied almost immediately without much effort. The positive effects also start showing very soon.