The 21st century is a century of fast paced life, busy schedules, tight deadlines and stress. Simply put, rare are the workplaces where there is no stress and there aren’t many who can successfully leave all the stress on their front porch before entering their home in the afternoon. It’s obvious that work life balance is quite a task to the vast majority of people. But did you know that a little bit of camping can go a long way when it comes to maintaining that balance and your health? Take a look below and learn why camping is awesome for your mental health.Stress reliever
It’s plain and simple – camping is a great stress reliever. When you spend time outdoors in the open where there is no big city tumult or traffic noise, you are bound to unwind and let your senses enjoy the silence. This way you’re also reducing the physical effects of stress. Just remember to put your phone on silent mode or simply turn it off. Get away from all the fuss of the office and city life. If you have a family, bring them along for the experience. Camping in a forest is quite an adventure when you have your loved ones by your side. Enjoy the nature, explore and sleep under the stars. The stress will be gone in no time.Camping strengthens bonds
First of all, let’s be clear about something. If you want to go alone, that’s perfectly fine. But do know that in general, it’s better to camp with someone. Camping is a strong relationship-building exercise. Since you and the person(s) you’re camping with cannot get distracted by your phones or whatnot, you automatically have more time to focus on each other and thus better your relationship.
Many aspects of camping revolve around teamwork which is in turn great for your relationship, too. Even before the camping starts you can call your friend or SO and you can go on a hunt for a good camping sale. Make it interesting and put in some effort into getting to know your camping buddies. Sometimes good company really goes a long way when it comes to your mood.Sleep quality will improve
Sleeping under the stars has its benefits. And of course, obviously you get to look at those magnificent stars that illuminate our sky and that’s beautiful on its own. But did you know that sleeping in the open actually improves the quality of your sleep? And it’s scientifically proven. There is a study from 2013 done by the University of Colorado Boulder that shows how turning in on time actually results in you getting up at a reasonable and natural time.
By natural they mean that back in the day when there were no electronics, people would turn in well before midnight and they would wake up early in the morning. So, since you’ll go to bed earlier while camping, you’ll actually improve your sleep quality and rectify delays in sleep cycles (body clock). Also, when you don’t have artificial light around you, you’ll reset your circadian rhythms and you’ll feel less groggy.Vitamin D
Since you’ll be outside, you’ll be exposed to sunshine. You being showered by sunrays is great due to the fact that you’ll absorb more vitamin D. Of course, don’t spend too much time under the direct sunlight. The sun is at its hottest from 9am to 3pm. Bear that in mind. Also, if you’re camping somewhere where there’s not much sunshine throughout the day, take as much of it as you can. You’ve probably heard about the vitamin D in relation to calcium absorption. Yes, thanks to this vitamin we have strong bones. However, vitamin D also has other roles in our body. One of them revolves around modulation of cell growth and neuromuscular and immune function.Antidepressant
Camping is an awesome antidepressant. Green open spaces decrease depression and that is a fact. Camping allows you to break away from the chaos and enjoy the sacred simplicity of nature. And you probably know that clarity can be developed from the solitude of nature. That’s why camping serves as a great antidepressant and thus also helps with anxiety. Sometimes other people instigate all the bad feelings and depressive thoughts. Reduce that by going for a trip out in the open. Oh and if you want to camp with someone, make sure that you invite people who don’t make you feel tense and nervous.Conclusion
The benefits are obviously numerous and one can never underestimate the importance of their mental health. That’s why it’s your turn to pack your bags and head out. Take proper care of yourself both mentally and physically.
Luke is a fitness and health blogger at Ripped.me and a great fan of the gym and a healthy diet. He follows the trends in fitness, gym and healthy life and loves to share his knowledge through useful and informative articles.