How Camping Can Benefit Our Mental Health

How Camping Can Benefit Our Mental Health

A camping trip is an excellent idea if you need a serene and motivating environment to think, clear your mind, and improve your mental health.

Living in the city has advantages, but you can easily become distracted by the noise and fast-paced environment. Take advantage of the peace and quiet of the great outdoors. Explore nature and in the process rediscover yourself. A camping trip presents the best opportunity to free your mind as well as reflect on the past and future. Clearing your mind can help you tune into your needs and make it easier to set your goals.

Thankfully, planning a camping trip is quite easy. All you need to do is locate a good camping site near you and make a reservation.

Environmental friendly camping check list
Use this environmental friendly camping checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything important. You will need the following:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow
  • Headlamps or flashlights
  • Clothes for the season
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Foldable chair
  • Stove and fuel
  • Firestarter
  • Frying pan
  • Knife
  • Reusable containers, mugs, water bottles, utensils, and cooking utensils
  • Cooler
  • Cutting board
  • Trash bags
  • Dish towel
  • Biodegradable/earth-friendly dish soap and sponges
  • Non-toxic sunscreen
  • Natural bug spray
  • Motivational podcasts
  • Enlightenment Planner
  • Coloring books

What to do on a camping trip
Camping is the perfect place to practice meditation, journaling, writing, taking photos, drawing, and exploring nature. We’ve compiled a list of engaging ideas for a camping trip below.

Explore and take in the outdoors
If you are camping near a lake or the countryside, explore these areas. You can go fishing, swimming, or hiking for a few hours every day. Remember to respect the area where you are and don’t disturb the wildlife!

Take advantage of the outdoor trails and the opportunity to take in fresh air. Walking around is the perfect way to clear your mind and improve your mental health.

Meditate daily
Find a quiet place in nature where you can connect to the earth. Notice how nature makes every part of your body feel. Feel the weight in your body and let your feet sink into the earth. Breathe in and out and be aware of all the sounds you hear — the insects, birds, and wind. Be aware of any shifts in your body, breath and mind.

Get good sleep
Embrace the down time and give your mind and body a good break. Sleep in a hammock and fall asleep to the sounds of nature. Stargaze and let your mind wander off as you close your eyes and hear the crickets chirp.

Track you goals, journal, and sketch
Enlightenment Planner is the perfect carry-along camping tool that can help you jot your thoughts down and track your goals. Use the gridded areas to sketch and jot notes down quickly, no matter how messy! Write or draw down the things you see — waterfalls, trees, animals or even leaf tracing.

Grab your trail brochures, day-pass tickets, and if you have any polaroids, cut and glue them into your Enlightenment Planner. You’ll be able to create a beautiful collage you can look back on and remember.

With an Enlightenment Planner by your side, you can be guided to rediscovery. Camping is the perfect way to get your creative juices flowing, spark new goals, and help guide you to your better self. We hope these tips help guide you through you next camping trip.

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