We’ve heard it all before.
“Eff this I’m going camping”, or “I don’t have depression, I just need to go CAMPING”.
But does camping really relieve stress or is this a fallacy?
I will be explaining exactly HOW camping relieves stress levels and makes you an all-around happier person as a result.
1. We Get More Sun Exposure
We all know we get a large amount of Vitamin D from the sun.
Vitamins are healthy for us in many different ways, and one of the easiest ways to get Vitamin D is by exposing our skin to the suns UV rays.
But did you know: The higher the sun is in the sky and the more skin exposed, the more Vitamin D that gets produced.
It’s difficult to get sun when we’re back at home.
A 9-5 job means you get sun before work, during your breaks and a little after work.
But don’t worry, you will get ALL DAY sun when camping.
2. We Don’t Need To Worry About Everyday Stresses
Piles of work from the boss and high demands every day is a real burden on your physical and mental well-being.
Believe it or not, but most people experience a “burnout” at least once in their lives (both physical and mental), and it’s sad to say that YOU might be one of them.
Answering phone calls, going to meetings, setting up appointments, operating machines – doing these on a daily basis increases our stress levels.
Even if it’s only a small amount, it all adds up over time.
Luckily for you and I, we can reduce it by going on a camping trip every now and then.
While you are out in the wilderness, you will experience true freedom, peace, and ultimate relaxation.
Everything will be calm.
3. We Become Happier
Camping has been proven time and time again that it enhances our mood.
Having a break from the fast lane, staying in mother nature (even if it’s just for a short period) and spending valuable time with family and friends does wonders for our mental health.
And the best part: This “happy” mood continues on for a few days after we finish our trip.
For the best results; camp often.
Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it.
4. We Exercise Without Even Knowing It
When we camp, we usually explore the surrounding areas.
This is called hiking.
Hiking is extremely fun and one of my favorite activities to do while on a camping trip.
But because it’s so fun we forget we’re actually exercising.
That’s correct, hiking can burn up to 1000 calories per hour depending on your body weight, intensity, pack weight and terrain.
But my point is is that exercising reduces stress levels and makes us a happier, healthier, positive person – which is the entire point of this article 🙂
5. We Become More Social With Our Loved Ones
Do you work to live or live to work? Because millions of people take their job too seriously and end up forgetting the bigger picture.
What is the bigger picture?
That our job is to make money to help us live a better life. But when we are so caught up on working, we don’t have time to live our life.
This means we hardly spend time with our family and friends, and before we know it decades have passed.
Being social with our loved ones reassures us that we are all in this together.
We do not need to live this harsh world alone.
The moment you realize this, it will feel like the weight of the world has come off your shoulders.
6. We Power Down
Unplugging from our mobile phones, tablets and music players and living in the moment of peace and tranquility is beneficial in many ways.
Constantly checking our phones can be a sign of mental health problems.
But why is a break from technology so powerful?
Humans are social creatures, as far fetched as it may seem.
We are wired to connect with people – in the real world, not cyberspace.
Too much screen time can burn you out, so powering off from technology will reduce stress levels and show you that there is more to life than getting followers on social media.
7. We Fix Our Sleep Schedule
We know lack of sleep makes us groggy and stressed out.
However, abiding by the suns schedule can aid in the winding down process for the night and get us to sleep much faster and easier than back at home.
Spending the day in natural light is one of the best ways to reset your circadian rhythm.
Exposing yourself to artificial light (from mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc), especially just before bed time, makes it difficult for us to get some valuable shuteye.
So What Should You Do Next?
Even a MILD camping trip can reduce stress levels and make you a much happier person than before you went on the trip.
So this is what I recommend
Get yourself a family tent and call other family members. It’s time to start planning your outdoor adventure together.
A weekend getaway is all you need to gain this massive decrease in stress levels and large dose of happiness and positive energy.
THAT’S what you should do my good friends. It’s what my family and I have been doing for years now.
It’s brought all of us closer.
We are much happier and stronger because of it.
Please share this article with friends and family if you found it helpful.
Go ahead, I’ll wait 🙂
Now do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
12 thoughts on “How Camping Relieves Stress & Makes You a Happier Person”
Wow! This is a great post. Thanks for sharing all the benefits of camping. Sadly, I’ve been in army for almost two years and I’m now tired of “nature” already. But I’ll definitely consider camping in the future as a way to relieve stress or a family vacation.
Do you have a detailed guide on camping? Like all the tips and tricks and advice…
Haha, that’s because humans are social creatures. We like to be where everyone else is. But there are also others that enjoy being isolated from people for a long time. For the most part, it is a true statement though.
Yes I have. You can learn all the basics here.
Wow, this is something that I really haven’t considered before getting a chance to read this article. I’m glad I did. You gave some really great reasons why camping could relieve stress so I may just start planning my first real camping experience just based off this post. I assume I shouldn’t start with the backyard? haha
People don’t realize how beneficial camping is, so I’m glad I exposed you to one of the main ones.
Of course you can start with the backyard. That’s the more inexpensive route AND you have a backup plan if your tents decides to brake or leak during the night.
However, it is still a good option for people starting out. Definitely give backyard camping a try. Based off that you will know if you really enjoy it or not.
Good luck 🙂
I am smiling because this website is so timely. I just said today that I feel stress, I don’t get much time with my family and I am gaining a lot of weight. Your website said it all. I need a camping break.
Wow, that is very timely indeed. It’s best to do something before you experience a “burnout”.
Good luck, Lathera.
Thanks for the wonderful comment.
Yes! More dopamine and seratonin please!
These days, when everyone, especially kids, have their faces glued to cellphone and x-box screens, this the kind of communal activity that we all need. The effects start with the family and move on to affect the world.
Thanks for reminding people about this, Brandon!
I can’t agree more, Andrea. It really does start with the parents.
If the parents don’t make a change then the kids are just going to keep doing what they’re doing, which is to stay glued to mobile phones and video games – day in, day out.
Thanks for your input. Much appreciated.
Love this post! I love being outdoors and definitely believe that it helps put you in a better mood. Unfortunately, I’ve never been camping but hope to change that soon. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂
Hello Mrangi. Thank you for the kind comment, and I really do hope you get to go on your first camping trip soon.
Good luck to you 🙂
I’m actually an experienced camper myself for about 35 yrs
I prefer car tent camping as this brings me to more available places and doesn’t limit me
I have alot of tents for all situations
I found this website to be excellent for a realistic perspective of what camping is and what it is supposed to be
I was looking for stuff I did not know…or could use a new tip
Although I did not find any…and could add a couple helpful ones…i found myself reading more and more for inspiration and a recharge for spring camping up in the northeast here
if I was to recommend a site to give you a great overall picture of what to do and look for. ..this is my recommendation!
Get out and camp…3 days is the prescription. …just need more cow bell
Thank you so much for the kind words Gary.
I have not camped even close to 35 years but definitely will get up there one day. I hope to gain as much knowledge as you regarding camping 🙂
Cheers and enjoy your future camping trips brother!