Why We Should Take Time Away From Screens

NatureRight now you’re reading this on a screen. If you’re like most people, you spend a lot of hours every day looking at screens, whether it’s your phone, a tablet, a laptop, a desktop, or good ol’ TV. We live in a culture where screens are everywhere– people even use them in churches today, to read the words of the hymns when they want to singalong to the congregational songs.

That said, we need to take time away from our screens. Why? Well, addictions aren’t healthy. “Everything in moderation” is a wise adage, but today it seems like we’ve become overly addicted to screen time, to the point where we can’t say no.

Reasons to Take Time Away From Your Screens

How many minutes did you read or watch something on a screen today? Bet it was more than 5 minutes, right? For some people, especially the younger set, it’s not unusual to spend 10 hours a day “on screens!” What would our forefathers think?

Because we spend so much time looking at screens, our eyes are tired. They get teary more easily and more often than before, since we constantly have them focusing on images for hours at a time, often on small screens. Meanwhile, when we check social media, we get upset and jealous because it seems like everyone else is leading more interesting and glamorous lives than we are! Want to feel less envious of others and less anxious? Don’t feed your mind constant news and updates via Facebook and Twitter.

Do We Own Our Devices Or Do They Own Us?

Research has shown that people feel more stressed because of the devices in their lives. A constant barrage of bad news delivered via the screens in our lives can really get us down. Furthermore, we spend more time looking at screens, these days, than interacting with people. Go to any public event and look around– more people are staring down at their smartphone screens than looking into one another’s eyes! It’s crazy!

All this is to conclude one thing: we must take a break; we must decrease our screen time. For those of you who are willing to get away from screens for a while, come to Cozy Cabins in Canada. Surround yourself with nature, take time to really talk with the people you bring with you, and experience life away from screens for a couple days…

Here’s Why You Should Consider Taking a Romantic Getaway

Romantic Getaways Has your marriage become a bit stale? One of the main reasons this happens is because couples don’t spend enough time together. In our world that’s “go-go-go,” we often get too busy to pay proper attention to our spouse and their needs. When life becomes more about work than love, it’s time to slow things down and take time to reconnect. One of those ways is to take a romantic getaway to a place like Cozy Cabins in the Canadian wilderness.

When’s the last time you had a meaningful conversation with your special someone? Rather than just “How was your day?” imagine taking time to ask questions like, “What do you think of when it comes to why we’re here in the universe?” Or how about, “What was it that made you fall in love with me?” Those deep questions are the kind of questions couples ask each other when they’re staying at a remote cabin in the wilderness, far from the daily pressures of life.

Romantic getaways are something couples can look forward to, circling the dates on the calendar. They can brag about their trip to friends and family. Maybe they’ll buy some new outfits for the vacation. There’s an exciting period of anticipation when it comes to romantic getaways.

Once on vacation, couples find that it’s a great time to relax, unwind, and de-stress. Having “down time” to do anything or nothing at all is really good for improving one’s mental health and well-being. Being able to breathe in mountain air and look out the window to see birds, trees and a lake can really help people refresh themselves mentally.

Couples can strengthen their relationship by taking a romantic getaway at Cozy Cabins. Having a new environment causes them both to see new perspectives, opening up lines of communication in ways that simply aren’t as open at home or work. “Alone time” with your loved one is good for the soul. It’s a chance to renew intimacy.

Cozy Cabins offers the Fall package which includes the use of a barbeque, row boat, fishing poles and firewood. Better yet, the romantic Couples’ package includes a scenic helicopter ride, wine and cheese in the cabin upon arrival, and even a fire-cooked dinner by the lakefront. Check out this webpage for more details about various packages.

Why You Should Take Your Children on Vacations

Family Vacations In the society we live in, parents are often overworked and tired all the time. It’s not unusual for a dad to get up early in the morning, before everyone else is awake, to “go to work.” Then he’s away from the house and the family for many, many hours. When he comes home from work he may eat a quick dinner and he’s so “spent” from work that he just wants to veg out in front of the TV watching “the game” or, more likely, go to bed.

Meanwhile, mom is trying her best to be supermom, and that’s a taxing role if ever there was one. Mom has so many daily responsibilities, and on top of the housework and getting meals ready and dealing with a broken appliance or a car that needs an oil change, she’s also got a job she has to do to make money to pay to live where they do. Life is exhausting for most parents.

What happens to kids these days? They’re given a screen of some sort– usually a tablet– where they watch cartoons and play endless games. Instead of parents and kids interacting with one another, face-to-face, the “old-fashioned way,” we’ve got a generation of kids being raised by technology and screens. This is not good.

The Benefits of Family Vacations

Vacation time is one of the rare times of the year when parents and kids can and do spend “quality time” together. It’s the time when daddy and mommy aren’t consumed with work– thank God. Then, FINALLY, kids get much needed, much wanted attention.

Why should parents take kids on vacation? This is prime time for bonding. It’s important to make memories together– our shared experiences help bond us together and build familial relationships. You can’t get to know someone if you don’t spend any time with them, right?

On top of that, vacation time is a great time to explore the world. Getting out of your routine is a good thing– for kids and adults alike. There’s a sense of freedom and adventure involved with going “on vacation” to places like rural Canada, staying at Cozy Cabins Nature Resort.

When’s the last time anyone in the family stopped and took the time to literally smell the flowers? Most people don’t even have any flowers nearby… we often live far removed from nature in its natural state. A vacation is a chance to connect (or reconnect) with Mother Earth , digging our hands in the dirt, fishing on the lake, or skipping stones into the water.

Some of life’s most magical and meaningful times occur away from home, on vacation. Take your kids and go have fun!

Remember to Pack These Items for Vacation

Packing for Vacation

Cozy Cabins Nature Resort doesn’t have Wi-Fi, cell service or even TVs. Instead, our grounds are distinctly designed to help you get away from technology and, instead, enjoy each other’s company as well as the beauty and splendor of nature all around you in the Canadian wilderness.

That said, vacations involve different phases, including the “getting there” and “heading home” phases, which often benefit from having your cell phone and/or laptop/tablet along with you for the trip.

Things to Pack for Vacation

Besides “technology,” what are some key things to remember to pack for your vacation? Ideally, you’ll want a decent piece of luggage to store stuff, as well as a backpack or lightweight bag to carry “other stuff” around. What items should get packed for your trip? Well, for starters, all sorts of clothing belongs in there, from t-shirts to pants, as well as socks, underwear, a belt, and pajamas. Since weather is unpredictable, it’s a good idea to bring along long-sleeved shirts and/or jackets. And, inevitably, you’ll be doing a lot of walking, so comfy walking shoes are a must. Since you’ll probably be wearing shoes the day you travel to your destination, consider packing other footwear for use wherever you go– for example flip-flops or dress shoes, depending on your situation.

Other handy items to bring with you include a small umbrella for rainy days, sunglasses for sunny days, a hat for bad hair days, a scarf for windy days, and a swimsuit for pool/lake days. Some people like to bring their favorite pillow along for the trip, or some other item that makes them feel more “at home” when they’re away.

Basic toiletries you’ll need on vacation include a toothbrush and some toothpaste as well as deodorant and shampoo so you’ll smell nice. A comb/brush, moisturizer, lip balm, Q-tips and other items come in handy, too. If you have medication and/or a CPAP machine, bring them along.

Do you plan to shave on vacation? Some guys don’t, but for those who do a shaver, razor, etc. are good. In addition, if you’ll be away for a while and plan to use the local laundromat, bring some detergent along for the trip. Sewing kits, stain removers, personal mirrors, tissues, hand sanitizers, water bottles, mouthwash and cologne/perfume are also common travel items.

Finally, you might consider bringing a good book to read and/or a deck of cards to play while on vacation. Oh, and bring a camera to take pictures of all the interesting scenes you’ll see on your trip!