A Fall Camping Trip May Be What You Need
By Brandi Goodman
Camping is normally touted as a summer affair. The fall weather actually makes the perfect camping atmosphere. It isn't so hot like the summer offers and the beauty of the changing colors around is the perfect backdrop. A fall camping trip may be just what you need for your well-being.
Reset Your Clock
It can be difficult to spend all summer staying up late and sleeping in only to have to return to a normal schedule in the fall. A camping trip can help with that. People who camp are far more likely to fall asleep easier at night when it gets dark out and the quiet hours are observed at the campground. You'll then wake easily when the sun does and everyone around you is up and about. This helps to reset your circadian rhythm and get you back on track with your sleep schedule.
Improve Your Mental Well-Being
The fall season can quickly interfere with your mental health. You may have more responsibilities added to your to-do list, holiday stress that's starting to build in your mind, and other worries that take their toll on your psyche. Camping helps you connect with nature. You're out in the elements with trees, plants, and animals around you. This can reduce your mental burdens and help you feel more at ease. You're more concerned with what's going on in the present and less worried about your stresses at home.
Enjoy Fall Activities
Tons of summer activities can keep you summer active and exercising. Fall activities, however, can do the same while also offering a sense of fun and nostalgia. Enjoy pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, bobbing for apples, a hayride, and more Halloween events that will keep you active and enjoying the season.
Experience Smaller Crowds
You may be surrounded by people all day. This can be a major cause of stress for anxious people. Summertime camping tends to draw big crowds as well, which means you won't get the full seclusion you're wanting from the experience. Fall camping, on the other hand, draws much smaller crowds. Not as many people have time to take away for vacation or don't want to deal with tents that bring in the cold air easily. This means you'll have much more seclusion and time to yourself to really get away from it all.
Fall camping should be done more often. Many campgrounds even remain open for the winter, though you'll need to have a camper or rent a cabin rather than using a tent. A camping trip should be in the cards if you need a mental health boost.
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