7 Simple Reasons Why Camping Is So Chill
By Sandy Schroeder
This has been a pretty hectic year so far, and it’s only April! If you and your family could seriously use some foolproof ways to unwind, camping may be a natural.
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Stress takes a hike – If you desperately need to lower your stress levels, a weekend in the woods may work wonders. Japanese researchers found time spent outdoors in forest areas can lower blood pressure, slow pulse rate, and reduce the stress hormone cortisol. I camped a lot with my kids and we had many adventures, but we always returned smiling and ready to go again.
The immune system gets a boost – University of Illinois researchers found nature helps strengthen the immune system. As nature encourages the body to relax, more energy can be channeled to larger efforts such as immunity.
Rest amazingly well – Escaping from endless traffic and noise to camp out in a secluded world may automatically make you sleepy. The combination of more activity and less stress may lull you to sleep on a campout. Nature’s clock also helps as you absorb more bright daylight and much less urban night light, encouraging the body to rest well naturally.
Fitness is so easy – When you spend the weekend camping, you get a lot of exercise without really trying. As you relax and get in the spirit of the trip, long hikes or climbs may seem easier, too.
Find time to reconnect – One of the unexpected dividends of camping for my family came as we had more time to talk and just hang out. In the daily routine, family members sometimes forget to talk as they head off for school or work, and come home and collapse at night. When you have a whole day outdoors with a quiet evening to sit around and talk, you can learn all sorts of things about your kids and yourself.
Kids learn a lot – Today’s kids are exposed to a lot of information about all sorts of things around the globe, but they may miss the hands-on experiences, as they learn how to build a campfire, set up a tent, or develop a taste for spending time outdoors.
Create an escape hatch – At our house my kids always knew it had been a tough week when I asked, “Ready to go camping?” Over a couple of summers, I found an amazing amount of stress relief could be generated with a night or two of camping. The minute we hit the road I breathed a little easier, and by the time we were roasting marshmallows I was usually smiling.
If that campfire sounds inviting to you, start planning a trial run and expect some fun results.
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