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7 Health Benefits of Camping You Didn’t Imagine

7 Health Benefits of Camping You Didn’t Imagine

You might not realize that there are many benefits of camping. It can help us in many different ways: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here are seven ways camping is good for you.

1. You will unplug from technology.

How long has it been since you had a day without technology or social media? You cannot imagine how good it feels to not be connected temporarily. Reality is the life is that happens between Wi-Fi signals; you need to disconnect from technology once in awhile and reconnect with each other and with your environment.

So come on: make some outdoor activities, plan a road trip, a camping trip, or a day at the woods. Enjoy the moment, feel happier and relaxed, and lift your mood.

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2. You will reduce stress.

High stress levels negatively affect our health so much. Stress actually leads to many diseases. It is important to know and discover the right ways to manage stress and avoid sickness in your body and mind.

You need to focus on your own wellbeing, and there’s nothing better than coming into contact with nature when it comes to stress relief. Camping, outdoor exercises, and living new experiences surrounded by people can reduce our stress levels and decrease anxiety and depression. Camp America and many groups around the world support and promote those activities.

3. You will perform new activities and be more active.

We might not realize the different activities and movements our bodies make when we’re do these kind of activities (like carrying stuff, hiking to the campsite, or swimming in a water hole). These kinds of activities are actually beneficial, regardless of the pain and tiredness we feel right after them. Have you ever experience a weird new pain on your body a few days after making a new movement or doing a new exercise routine?

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Exercise is the key to improving mood and health. It liberates our mind and makes us feel alive. It is mentally and physically stimulating. That’s why burning calories, making new experiences, and taking on new challenges affects our bodies in a very positive way.

4. You will get some fresh air to soothe your lungs and brain.

Oxygen is vital. It’s essential for all living human beings, and the lack of it affects a number of systems in our body and brain. The extra oxygen and fresh air you can get outdoors makes your body release serotonin (a neurotransmitter that gives us a sense of happiness and wellbeing) and your motor skills and brain functions improve almost instantly.

So plan something different for a weekend: call your friends or your significant other, and get out of the city and the routine. There are many activities you can do, like going hiking, camping, or making a bonfire with a full moon party. It’s time to charge up your batteries! The outdoors are waiting for you!

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5. You will increase your intake of vitamins and minerals.

When you are outside, your body immediately absorbs huge quantities of sunlight, and that means a lot of vitamins. Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus, two minerals that are essential for healthy bones and teeth. You will feel the energy surging inside you, and your mood will improve.

You just need to be aware of the sun and use protection; remember that too much exposure to sunlight is harmful and can really damage the skin. Protect your body. There are many natural ways to prevent sunburn and DIY recipes for skin care.

6. You will get closer to your camping buddies, and improve your relationship skills.

Yes, camping strengthens relationships, and being in contact with others promote having better communication, trust, and it builds memories. It is a different way of interaction. It gets us out of the daily routine, and we experience a new sense of community, cooperation, and socialization.

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7. You will eat more nutritious foods.

We all know that foods that require preparation can improve our digestive system, and give it a break from fast and processed food. There are many easy camping recipes you can prepare on your next trip and also save some money and calories. It is a nice way to promote healthy eating, isn’t it?

Featured photo credit: smartertravel via smartertravel.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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