How Backyard Camping Can Reduce Stress

Backyard camping isn’t just for kids anymore. Studies have confirmed that communing with nature, whether alone or with others, helps to clear the mind, release stress-reducing endorphins and generally gives you a better outlook on life and better coping skills.

There’s even a “Backyard American Campout,” day that celebrates backyard camping when neighborhoods, communities, parks and individual families get together to honor and take part in the simple pleasures that outdoor wonders provide.

Can You Benefit From A Camp-Out?

Think about it – all year, we’re tucked away in our homes, autos and office environments, where all we hear is the click-clacking of computer keyboards, texting on cell phones, endless chatter and much more that makes our lives boring – and sometimes, stressful.

Camping has always inspired children to want to know more about the great outdoors. They enjoy experiences they may have never had – the chirping of birds, chattering of squirrels and other wildlife, waking up to fresh morning air, hearing stories around a campfire and much more. But, camping can be great for adults too!

Even if you’re not part of a family, you can enjoy the individual pleasures that backyard camping allows. Just to get away for a night or two from the sounds and pressures that lurk within your home can do wonders to clear your mind and reduce the stress that every day living brings.

Spending Time Outdoors Relieves Stress!

Research has been done about experiencing the outdoors and all that it offers. The research studies reveal that spending time with nature can reduce stress, help generate feelings of well-being, prevent child obesity and even reduce allergies.

Levels of serotonin (mood elevator and stress reliever) improve when we’re outside, and the scent of grass is also said to have a calming effect on our minds and bodies. Sleeping outdoors can induce us into a deeper sleep, helping us to awaken more refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Make A Backyard Camping Plan

When you decide to experience the benefits of backyard camping, make a plan – but make it simple. If you’ll be alone, pitch your tent and then fill it with lots of warm and comfy blankets and pillows.  Leave your cell phone in the house!

Have flashlights on hand and consider a campfire to make the experience more enjoyable. If a campfire is out of the question, a small chiminea or lighted candles (be sure they’re place safely) will work. You can even set up a backyard theater for added fun and entertainment.  The kids will love it!

Don’t forget insect repellent and some snacks and drinks – and a good book. For your first backyard camping experience, make it simple. You shouldn’t plan so much that your afternoon is spent lugging items from the house to the back yard. You should be able to revel in the simplicity that a relaxing rest in your own back yard can bring.

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About Darlene

Darlene is passionate and enthusiastic about helping women simplify their lives, develop stress resilience, regain balance, and find happiness, despite the personal storms life throws at them. She has published a popular series of stress management books which focus on simple, practical and healthy stress relief strategies, as well as provide FREE resources and services that help women become more stress-resilient.

Comments

  1. Stephanie says:

    I don’t doubt this, but I hate camping! Can I run an extension cord from the house to power a TV? LOL. But I guess that would defeat the whole purpose.

    • Camping is not for everyone, but for me, NOTHING beats spending some time outdoors under a gorgeous moonlight enjoying the stars. TV does not even come close!

  2. Emily Dillingham says:

    Hey! I love camping. I used to tag along with my father and brother. Just the thought of it now puts me in a peaceful place. I think I’ll see if my boyfriend is interested. He might be surprised I want to do it!

    • Another lover of camping! Good for you. A romantic camping trip with you significant other sounds like a great idea. Have fun and thanks for sharing.

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