5 Reasons Why Camping Is Good For Your Mental Health
No matter what kind of stress you have: work, home, or health, we all could benefit from taking a deep breath and just getting away for awhile. Research suggests that time spent outdoors can help reduce anxiety and mild to moderate depression. Whether you buy camper, RV, or rent a cabin or glamping tent, spending time in nature is undoubtedly good for your mental health and overall well being. If you’ve found your stress levels escalating lately, maybe it’s time to escape into the great outdoors and take a camping trip. Here’s why:
1. Tiny Living
Let’s face it, most of us aren’t minimalists and probably never will be, which means a majority of us own too much stuff and spend too much time managing it! So why not leave it all behind for a weekend and enjoy a getaway of tiny living in a camper or RV?
It’s time to embrace your inner outdoorsmen and only pack necessities or things that spark joy for your upcoming trip! When you strip life down to the essentials, we often experience a sense of clarity that’s hard to experience at home. Having less stuff to worry about means you can spend more time being outside: hiking, biking, fishing, or simply just being in the great outdoors. A camping trip can be a time to relax and have fun, but it can also be a time to think deeper thoughts about our lives and reorganize our priorities. Plus it’s less cleaning you got to do compared to you home.
2. Healthy Lifestyle
In a house or apartment filled with all of life’s comforts, sitting inside all day can be tempting. But in a camper or RV, sitting inside all day can be a much less appealing making us go outside and keeping us there all day. With a gorgeous view of a lake, national park, beach, etc. you’ll be more likely to spend time outside soaking it all in!
Numerous campgrounds offer on site activities like: hiking, biking, fishing and swimming that you can do with your friends and families.
Other types of vacations often involve eating out in restaurants with oversized and expensive meals, but camping trips allow us to prepare our own food and keep it as healthy as we desire.
Life is pretty hectic and getting the whole family together can be challenging! Camping is a great way to reconnect with your family and friends without any distractions from the everyday hustle and bustle. Preparing dinner together, playing outdoor games or spending evenings in conversation around the campfire can refresh your spirit and strengthen relationships with those you care about the most.
Besides connecting with you’re loved ones, camping can also be a great way to reconnect with yourself for those seeking solitude in a nature! Camping can be whatever you want it to be. Just pick a campground or campsite that will help you accomplish your goals for the weekend.
4. Digital Detox
There’s no doubt that we all spend too much time on our phones and in front of screens, but studies consistently show that it’s important to take regular breaks from technology. If you’re lucky enough to get away and enjoy some time in nature, take advantage of the lack of phone signal and Wi-Fi to become more present as a result.
During your trips you can switch off gadgets, remove instant notifications and turn your phone on silent. This will reduce your screen time so you can enjoy your surroundings and time with loved ones.
5. New Perspective
Getting away from the world and escaping into nature is good for our bodies and our souls. You can spend the time at the campground relaxing, doing high adrenaline adventures, or both. The roadtrip to the campground or campsite is filled with so much excitement and anticipation, but the journey home is just as important.
When you get home from your camping trip, you’ll find that your mind and spirit has been refreshed. Your home will feel welcoming and warm again. Your energy levels will also be high and ready for the week ahead.
Most people go camping once, but return again and again in search of better mental and physical health.
The campground is always waiting for us to return.