In today’s society, we are built on working Monday to Friday with the weekends to recover. It’s easy to get tuned into autopilot; you wake up, get to work, work, leave work, bed, and repeat. Sounds familiar, right? Then there’s the weekend. Not only does it go fucking quick but most of the time we are catching up on sleep, side projects, or even work. It can get stressful sticking to these routines and most of us don’t know it, but sometimes we need a break. Holidays are the luxury we look forward to once or twice a year, it allows us the chance to unwind and feel refreshed before getting back to the daily grind.
What if we need to hit reset way before the pre-booked holiday comes around? Do we just ride it out and hope we don’t have a semi mental breakdown? Fight through the anxiety and unnecessary stress knowing that there is light at the end of the tunnel? There is a simple way you can avoid all those things and give yourself a ‘reset’ in as little as a day. Pack a tent, turn off your electronics, and venture into the unknown!
Camping has some stigma attached to it these days, pitching a tent and surviving with the bare essentials seems more like a punishment than a luxury. With Glamping, luxury hotels, and glorified ‘Influencers’ feeding your feed, pitching a tent has become the poor man’s option. If you are working on a budget, then yes this is the cheapest option for you. However, stripping it all back and sleeping in a nylon and polyester shell is fucking priceless. A tent allows you more freedom in where you want to set up for the night, something hotels cannot offer.
Camping is a great way to de-stress; it throws your routine out of the window. With no deadlines or specific places to be, it is a quick fix to find that slice of inner peace, which is a rarity these days. Turn off the electronics. If you are someone who goes somewhere new or eats at a restaurant while glued to their phone, you are part of the problem. As amazing as electronics are, they also suck the life out of you. Turning off your electronics puts you firmly in the moment. There is so much more to see and do rather than the endless scroll of Facebook.
With just one night of camping, you can hit the reset button and unwind from the stresses of modern life. Being outdoors is healthy for you and programmed into our evolution. There’s an element of mindfulness and meditation to camping since there are no outside distractions. It’s great for getting your circadian rhythms back in check if you suffer from sleep problems. There’s a luxury to having next to nothing, sitting around a fire, and watching the stars. The next time you are looking for a reset, just step back into nature.