These days people seem to be more stressed than ever. On top of work, family, and life in general, another stress prevalent in our society is technology. What is commonly known for its convenience also has its downfalls. Social media, commercials, pop culture, texting, pressure to keep up with the latest products…we are constantly bombarded by “noise” and stimulation (thank you cell phones). Some may not realize it, but this can actually cause inner tension, having a negative effect on your well-being.
Fortunately, there is a remedy, and it is not pharmaceutical. In fact, the best rejuvenation lies within nature. Feeling stressed? Then it’s time for you to go camping. Climb a mountain. Explore the woods. Unplug from that technology. There is no better relief from life than the natural splendor of the great outdoors. Below are the reasons why you need to put down the iPad and get out into the wilderness.
Clears Your Mind
The sounds of silence can be incredibly soothing for your mind. And out in nature it’s a different kind of quiet than in your home…it’s genuine. The only noises to be heard are those of the Earth and those of your making. This kind of calmness induces relaxation, helping alleviate your stresses, and centers your mind.
In addition, honing in on your primitive skills is also an excellent revitalization of your mental health. Most people are used to juggling 1001 tasks at a time, along with getting what they want at the drop of a hat. In the wild your main focus is simple: survival. And there is nothing more rewarding than achieving it on your own.
Builds Your Body
It’s common knowledge that exercise is an excellent stress reducer. Save your monthly fees to the gym and forget about those expensive machines, because the wild is the ultimate gym just begging to be utilized. Hiking, swimming, and even chopping your own wood can provide a good workout, all while enjoying the pleasures of nature.
Lifts Your Soul
Often we get caught up in the daily grind, forgetting that our world is full of beauty just waiting to be discovered. Taking the time to enjoy what Mother Nature offers can be an eye opening experience. Whether it’s the view from a mountain peak or the sighting of an animal you’ve never seen before, sometimes it’s the natural things that can be most uplifting to the spirit.
Lastly, the wilderness is the perfect setting to enjoy the one’s you love. Without all of the distractions of technology and other “noise,” it allows you to really spend quality time together…and nothing is better for the soul than that.
Editor’s Note: A version of this article first appeared in the July 2015 print issue of American Survival Guide.
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