Most of us who live in cities are exposed to incredible amounts of pollution, stress and anxiety. If you can’t move away from the city life for good, then you must find ways to help reboot our systems frequently. Here’s 10 reasons why a dose of camping away from the city might actually save your life.
Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” —Anne Lamott
Camping is a great way to get away from technology for a bit. As a generation wired all the time, we need some space to be able to create rather than consume. So a camping weekend with your screens turned off could actually make you more productive and creative when you’re back at work.
Spend some time doing nothing
Doing nothing is far more difficult that one can imagine. In this rat race of life we think if don’t do something all the time we’re losing the race. Doing nothing allows to ponder and incubate ideas. We chronically confuse effort with effectiveness: a day spent on trifling tasks feels exhausting and virtuous, so we assume – often wrongly – it must have been useful. Don’t confuse doing nothing with being lazy though ;)
Reconnect with food
We love the process of cooking food outdoors over a campfire. It’s the way it was done for thousands of years. Today most of us rush the whole process; consume copious amounts of processed fast food without a thought of how it was sourced, made or knowing what’s in it. Our time camping has taught us to be aware, slow down and enjoy the experience of cooking. Be conscious of what you choose as your energy source, for that’s what food is in the end, isn’t it?
Your pets deserve it
Our furry friends love being outdoors; splashing in the water, chasing a squirrel friend or burning some pent up energy. They deserve these type of outdoors experiences not cooped up in apartments and homes. And who knows you may have some fun as well, won’t you? ;)
Reconnect with nature
When was the last time you walked bare feet on the earth, climbed a tree or stared up into a brilliant night sky? Spending time outdoors takes you back to where humans were designed to be. Humans have long intuited that being in nature is good for the mind and body. From indigenous adolescents completing rites of passage in the wild, to modern East Asian cultures taking “forest baths,” many have looked to nature as a place for healing and personal growth. So, let’s get more people outdoors, shall we?
Keep calm and enjoy the campfire
Sitting around a campfire and watching the yellow flames dance in the wind is thought to help in reducing high blood pressure, make you calmer and more sociable. The original idiot box as it’s sometimes called, has plenty benefits.
Modern day humans’ relaxing response to fire is evolutionary. One anthropologist claims stone age man likely relaxed around campfires to ‘benefit in the social milieu via fireside interactions,’ meaning that they made friends around the fire and this made them feel safer – perhaps even giving them a survival advantage.
In just two generations we’ve reduced our physical activity by 70%. We hardly need to move from our computer screens to put food on the table, meet with people or get necessities. Our sedentary making our bones more brittle and causing obesity in our society. When you’re camping you’re moving about a whole lot more! Gathering wood for campfire, setting up a tent, cooking your meals, all add up as activity. And then of course you could go for a hike or a swim or simply just climb trees.
Stare up into the night sky
From the beginning of our time humans have always looked up to the sky for answers. Some say that we only survived as a species because we learned to read the stars and how it impacted weather on earth. With the levels of light pollution in the cities we hardly ever have an opportunity to see stars in the sky. Camping allows you to rediscover the billion star sky and revel in its mysteries.
“Find yourself” outdoors
If you get bored being by yourself then you’re in bad company - Sadhguru
We’re so distracted by the world around us that we hardly ever get an opportunity to be by ourselves. By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life, you're more likely to make better choices about who you want to be around. You also may come to appreciate your relationships more after you've spent some time alone. Some quality time spent in the outdoors can help in finding yourself.
Learn to live with less
We’re in the age of overconsumption - both things and information. Some homes have 2 or more cars, some cupboards have over a hundred pairs of shoes and some people change their wardrobe 6-7 times a year. The impact of overconsumption on the environment is maddening. Try spending sometime in the outdoors with less things, maybe even multiple uses for the same item - hopefully it will help inculcate some awareness as we get back to city life.
So going camping can save your life and going camping can improve your wellness too! How? To know that, you got to read through this blog on "Why you should camp to improve your wellness?".