Make a Camping Trip Part of Your Holiday Health Plan
By Brandi Swieter
Camping is a favorite pastime of many people during the summer months when the weather is nice. Although it’s typically reserved for summertime, camping can be done in the winter months as well. A trip away to a cabin in the woods could be just what the doctor ordered to improve mental health and take some time away from the hustle and bustle of life around the holidays.
The holiday season leaves many people in a bad mood, as they often have far too many tasks on their list and not enough time to actually relax. Taking a camping trip can help to improve one’s mood, as being away from it all gives people a time to unwind and relax like they’ve so desperately needed. Spending time in nature can reduce symptoms of depression as well, so a full weekend or longer in the wilderness would help tremendously.
Stress leads to sleep problems, making it difficult for many people to get enough rest during the holiday months. The artificial lights of television sets, holiday decorations, and decorations can also play a role in sleep difficulties, making it hard for the body to determine the right sleep cycle. Going to bed after the sun sets and waking up as it rises while camping is the best way to help the body get back to the right sleep schedule. It resets the circadian rhythm and many more people feel well-rested rather than still tired.
Constantly being on one’s phone is a surefire way to get a crick in the neck. It often leads to neck and shoulder pain in particular, making the body feel uncomfortable. It may even lead to headaches and other neurological troubles as well. By taking a break from screen time and getting away for a while to do some camping, symptoms of pain can be eased. It will allow the mind and body to rest and take time to heal and rejuvenate without constantly having a screen in the face.
Camping should be part of your mental health plan during the holiday season. Find a cabin and hunker down for a few days or even a week and take time away from the stress of the holidays. Eased pain, better sleep, and an improved mood are all more than worth it to take some time away and enjoy the quiet and comfort of nature.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Petersburg, Fla.