The 21st century quickly became the era of mobile technology and digital media. Face-to-face communication and socializing is no longer nearly as prominent as text messaging, social media and Face Timing.
Studies show that children ages 8-18 spend over seven and a half hours per day, seven days a week using some sort of digital media over any other form of communication.
In turn, people are spending a lot less time outside, enjoying personal activities and socializing, and much more time hiding behind a screen.
Because media exposure is as prevalent as it is in this day and age, youth are engaging with digital media at a much earlier age, allowing it to consume much of their leisure time.
Well, it’s time to stop engaging in the world of social media if only just for a moment. Camping is where social began, after all. Unplug from the outside world and engage in real-time conversations, real-life beauty and real leisure.
There are so many physical and mental health benefits of being outside that staying inside on an iPhone or iPad can’t offer.
Getting enough Vitamin D is critical to maintaining a healthy immune system, which may be one of, if not the single most important perk of getting outside. Getting enough sunlight has also bene linked with a prevention in heart disease, auto immune disorders and diabetes. Not to mention, not getting enough of it can lead to other serious issues like cancer and Alzheimer’s.
The activity associated with a forest’s alleged anti-cancer effects also is an indicator of a general boost to the immune system.
There’s something about getting outside and inhaling the fresh scent of the outdoors that just feels good. Well, that’s because it is good for you.
Being surrounded by trees and embracing the great outdoors is the best place to take in fresh scents and embrace nature.
Indoor air-pollutants are actually 25-62% greater than outside levels. This difference can pose as a serious risk to one’s health.
Take advantage of the clean and fresh oxygen by getting out in nature.
Our mental state drastically improves when we are outside. Spending quality time in nature has been linked to improved attention spans, increased activity in parts of the brain and an overall release of feel-good hormones.
If you’re feeling at all stressed, tensed or overworked, there’s truly no better place to go than camping. Becoming one with nature has proven to reduce stress and improve people’s overall mood. Heart rates and levels of cortisol are typically reduced as well when people explore the outdoors and step away from their screens.
Just by getting outside, you can help yourself reduce your levels of anxiety, depression and bad moods.
Sense of Responsibility
Beyond the health and cognitive benefits that the great outdoors offers, nature also provides people with a deeper understanding and a sense of responsibility to take care of the earth.
When people spend more quality time in Mother Nature, they become more inclined to be a part of it and take care of it. In turn, people are less likely to pollute, litter or take advantage of nature.
There are plenty of perks that come along with getting outside and absorbing the great outdoors. Whether it’s becoming more physically active, less stressed or just healthier in general, you can see and feel the positive benefits by engaging more with nature and disconnecting from the world of digital media.