Let a Camping Trip Boost Your Health
By Tom Herrin
There may be plenty of reason to try to offset the grind of work with something else. Just because people work in some way, it does not mean that they get much exercise. Even if they come home exhausted, it may be as much from mental work as physical. In order to make something good happen, it may be necessary to make a change of environment. For those who work indoors all the time, a good way to do that is to do something outdoors. A camping trip may be just the change that can provide some different things and add to the overall health picture.
It May Minimize Stress
Most people deal with some kind of stress on a daily basis. It may come from anywhere including themselves. Its origin is not as important as the fact that it can do a lot of damage to health. Many accidents are a result of it. There are also many illnesses that are able to take hold because of what it can do to the body. Spending time outdoors may make a lot of difference. A study from the University of Minnesota found that merely watching, or observing, nature may relieve stress and help people to be more upbeat. Many people keep natural scenes in their workplace to sooth them. A camping trip may be a real break from all the stress.
It May Help to Shake the Blues
Once the warmer and longer days have passed each year, many people get pretty low. Some remain that way for months until that time of the year returns. A USC group states this condition as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, but it may be able to turn around by getting outdoors. Camping and enjoying the available sunshine may do the trick. Spending quality time outdoors, even if it is cool, can help people to get out of this kind of depression.
It May Help Relationships
Most of us want to have good relationships, but we may all be going in different directions too much. When we camp, we learn to depend upon one another more. It can be enjoyable to succeed together as well as fail together. It can help to build strong bonds. Some of the best times our family has had may have been the result of plans gone awry. Some of our favorite meals have been the result of our inability to have what we needed and improvising with what was available. Try camping and see what is does for your health and relationships.
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