New data found by Specialised Covers has painted an interesting picture of how the British feel about camping and caravanning. Many feel that these types of outdoor activities have positive effects on mental and physical health, and can even bring families closer together.
Around 70 percent of residents in the United Kingdom say that outdoor experiences should be recommended to individuals battling with anxiety and depression. “Outside therapy” is the act of being in natural settings while embracing awareness of one’s self and one’s surroundings. Such practices are said to reduce stress and combat the ever growing rat race mentality.
A government study supports this idea, as it found that those who take more time to be in nature often claim to experience better physical and mental health, as well as an overall better quality of life. Numerous groups have been trying to get the NHS to promote outside therapy to more patients.
93 percent said that caravanning is peaceful and cost effective, and 44 percent said that it encourages a more family oriented holiday. Strangely, the younger generations seem to be the biggest supporters of spending their down time in nature, while those aged 65 and above are more critical of the notion that such activities are good for their health.
Fresh air and Vitamin D
Fitness Coach Amy Elisabeth says, “Spending time outside increases our Vitamin D levels and balances our Melatonin levels. Vitamin D helps regulate the calcium and phosphate in our bodies and melatonin regulates our sleeping cycle, so both are very important when it comes to the feeling of well-being. With fewer modern-day distractions, people get better sleep as well, helping with their overall health.”
Katie Fishwick of Specialised Covers says, “We all feel the benefits of relaxing outdoors when we do it, but it’s often hard to make time in our busy schedules to really get immersed in nature. It’s great to see how many people are getting behind the healing benefits of outdoor therapy, and perhaps if it was prescribed, people would take more time to connect with the outdoors. Caravanning and camping are shedding their out-dated reputations and rightfully being seen as a wonderful way of relaxing, switching off, and connecting with ourselves and our families.”