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Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

Travelers Today       By    David Thompson

Updated: Jan 19, 2022 10:30 AM EST

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Here's Why You Should Go Camping On Weekends

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Introduction

There is nothing like the great outdoors -- nature's very own space away from the hustle and bustle of city life. If you feel as though life is either too hectic, mundane, or overwhelming for you, you might want to consider escaping reality into the realm of tranquillity and inner peace. Multiple studies have shown that being in touch with nature can improve our physical and emotional health, provide opportunities for exercise, and sharpen our focus and self-esteem. It also helps to reduce anger, anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings. 

Whether you're relieving stress or trying to create unforgettable memories with your loved ones, it can be daunting to set out camping -- even if it's your first time or after a long hiatus. There's no need to be the Expert Camper before embarking on one! 

Looking for a reason to go camping, or are you trying to convince someone else to tag along with you? Here are our reasons why you should go camping!

Reset And Recharge

Being outdoors gives you a great opportunity to wind down the endless buzz of city life, and take in the fresh air and scenery. Although sleeping during camping may not sound the most comfortable to some, with the right gear and preparation, studies have shown that it can help enhance your natural circadian rhythm and improve overall sleep quality.

Even if your neighbourhood does not have heavy light pollution, circadian rhythms are easily affected by things like electricity, inconsistent sleep patterns and digital devices. Yet, especially within working adults, sleep has a significant impact on one's overall happiness and personal achievement. As such, to ensure that you have a successful sleeping experience, don't skimp out on the sleeping gear. Be sure to pack good quality sleeping equipment, even if it means having to bring inflatable mattresses or a couple of sleeping pads! You'd be stunned at how much a good night's rest without disturbance can do for your mind and body.

Breathe In The Fresh Air

Regardless of whether you live in the city or village, you're likely to be breathing in polluted and stale air. Air pollution is one of the primary causes of breathing-related issues such as asthma, which affects over 30 million people in the United States today. Though efforts have been made to reduce it, evidence still shows that the air quality remains inferior to that in the wilderness. 

The forest is the lungs of the Earth, and being in the presence of trees allows us to take in the fresh and crisp air. Not only is it good for your body, taking in good air allows us to calm down and focus better. Not even an air purifier can come close to what you'll experience whilst camping! 

Relieve Stress And Tension

As the pace of life seems to get faster each day, getting away from everything can help you to reduce the overwhelming stress that you might be facing. Whether you love your job or not, ignoring the stress that life brings can be detrimental to your physical, mental, and emotional health. 

Going on a camping trip can help you to run away from the hectic schedules and allow you to focus on things that matter most -- yourself and your friends and family around you. 

Mood And Health Booster

Studies have shown that bodily inflammation has shot up at alarming rates in the past 15 to 20 years, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. Although this can be caused by genetics, inflammation is generally triggered by an unhealthy lifestyle and improper diet. Camping, which is known to reduce oxidative stress, reduces your exposure to pollutants and encourages an active lifestyle -- both of which minimizes the development of free radicals that can cause oxidative cell damage. Being away from the city helps your body recover from damage related to stress whilst healing it from the potential inflammation it may be facing. 

Self Care, Best Care

Your overall well-being is very important and you must take time to recover and recharge as much as possible. However, not everyone has the appropriate time and space to become self-aware and reflective. An article by The Atlantic has stated that whilst solitude is often stigmatized by society, it is important for developing positive psychological patterns. Solo camping can be a great way to ponder and process the things that have been on your body and mind, as well as let out any suppressed feelings you may be struggling with. 

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to go on a trip with your loved ones, being outdoors will help you and your company find solace in the chaos of the modern world. As they say, self-care, best care. 

Soak In The Sun

With over 40% of working adults living in seasonal weather lacking sufficient amounts of Vitamin D, you must go out and get some as and when needed. Whilst commonly associated with the sun, Vitamin D is essential for helping the body absorb calcium, promote strong bone growth, and keep cells healthy. Whilst the body can self-produce Vitamin D, it only can do so after being exposed to a sufficient amount of sunlight. 

Getting sufficient Vitamin D without the glare of artificial light can help increase your body's energy and restabilize your focus and overall stress levels. You'll start to notice a clearer mind, vision, and a more positive mood overall!

Reconnect With Nature

Take your shoes off, feel the ground beneath your feet. It is said that the act of grounding yourself can have positive outcomes on our overall physical and mental well-being. It's not only the feeling itself that is beneficial, but the Earth also contains an infinite supply of free electrons, which helps to establish a stable environment of internal bio-electrical that governs the functioning of all body systems.  

We're no scientists, but even a baby can tell that there's something different about walking on the Earth. Whether it's a surge of energy, relaxation, or both, camping in the wilderness allows you to let loose and be one with nature.

A Cheaper Alternative

Everyday life can be incredibly distracting and prevent you from focusing on what's important. Hence, taking time away from the household responsibilities, work, social pressures, or technological devices, can recalibrate you to focus on your initial priorities. 

If you've found yourself stuck in a rut recently, going on a weekend getaway can work wonders on relieving stress and gaining newfound perspectives. Whilst an overseas trip may be too expensive, a camping trip is much easier and simpler to achieve. This may even be better than looking for a therapist! 

Conclusion

All in all, the benefits of going on a camping trip are endless. You're creating a space for you to recharge, refresh and rethink your life, as well as improve your mental and physical well being -- all whilst being in touch with nature

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