Why Camping Is Good For Your Mental Health

If life is grinding you down, grab your tent and go camping.

Studies show that spending time outdoors, surrounded by nature, is medicine for the soul. From the fresh air and sunshine to collecting firewood, our experts explore why camping really does make you a happy camper.


Screen Time

Spending too much time on your smartphone isn’t good for your health.

Lack of exercise, insomnia and social disconnection have all been attributed to spending too much time staring at a screen.

Even if you’re not addicted to your screen, taking a break from technology and embracing the freedom of the great outdoors will do wonders for your mental and physical health.


Social Media

Believe it or not, 45% of the world population use social media.

Constantly comparing yourself to other people and their seemingly perfect lives can have an adverse effect on your mental health, increasing stress and anxiety levels.

Disconnecting from social media and embracing the beauty of nature can help you see what’s truly important in life.


Country Air

Farewell car fumes, hello country air.

Camping is a wonderful way to get fresh air into your lungs, especially if your campsite is surrounded by forest or woodland. Getting more oxygen to your brain regulates the levels of serotonin you produce, lifting your mood and helping you to relax.


Sunshine

Sunlight also increases your serotonin levels, meaning you’re getting a double dose of happiness on a fresh, sunny day.

Your body also absorbs Vitamin D when it’s sunny which can boost your immune system, improve your cardiovascular health and support healthy lung function.


Challenges

Don’t worry.

Collecting firewood, cooking on a camping stove and using a compass to find your way back to your campsite are a far cry from the challenges you face when you’re at work or home. All are new experiences that will stimulate your brain and boost your self-esteem. What’s more, if you’re camping with other people, every challenge is fun.


Friends & Family

Let’s face it, who better to lift your spirits than the people you love.

Spending quality time with loved ones, rather than a few fleeting hours every day, will strengthen your bonds and lift your spirits. The fact that there’s no work, television, radio or Wi-Fi to distract you means you can give each other your full attention.


Sleep

Smartphone, tablet and television screens have a lot to answer for.

Scientists in the US found that people who camped without access to gadgets or electrical light, fell asleep up to two hours earlier. They also slept almost three hours longer.

By ensuring you get a good night’s sleep, camping resets your internal body clock and recharges your batteries, boosting your mood and increasing your energy levels.


We hope we’ve convinced you of the many health benefits of camping. If you’re ready to give it a go, make sure you’ve got all of the equipment you need.

Take a look at our full range of camping gear on our website, www.trailoutdoorleisure.co.uk/

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