You may think that your days of camping are far behind you after all only kids go on adventures don’t they? Surprisingly, no, hiking and camping holidays have never been more popular, companies even run retreats dedicated to improving both children and adult’s self esteem. If work’s getting you down, your family commitments are spiralling out of control or you’re recovering from a messy break up you may benefit from a break. Once you’re out in the fresh air, miles from anywhere and enjoying toasting marshmallows on a good old campfire you might find that the answer to your problems lay in a sleeping bag after all
Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone
You won’t be thinking about being passed over for that promotion when you’re getting to grips with building fires, thinking about which animals left those tracks and finding out what’s edible in a forest. Camping will challenge your mind, body and soul through long hikes, early starts and adapting to different weather that might spring up, so take your waterproofs, as well learning how to survive in the wilderness.
There are no such things as lifts on mountains so you’ll be coming down the same way you went up by walking, or even abseiling, if the cliff face is suitable and the only way you’ll be eating a hot meal is if you cook it yourself. By getting out of your everyday environment you’ll soon find yourself viewing things with a different perspective as well as accomplishing much more practical tasks than setting the Tivo recorder.
Learn New Skills
Fishing, animal tracking, camp cooking, fire building, orienteering the list goes ever on so you’ll learn all that and more on a camping holiday. Humans need to be constantly stimulated otherwise we can get bored, apathetic and depressed so what better way to brush away the cobwebs and give the brain a workout then by figuring out which way the trail leads? Or learning beginners astronomy and whittling animals out of wood?
Bond With Strangers
If you’re a little shy, have problems speaking in public or find it difficult giving a presentation at work then camping is a must. Thanks to being thrown together with a bunch of different people, who don’t know each other either, from all walks of life you’ll soon find yourself having to speak up in order to complete team challenges like raft building, finding out what your camp mates like eating or even just to ask how to tie a particular knot or ask where the toilets are. You’ll be so busy having fun, discovering new things about yourself and enjoying nature that you’ll forget to be nervous or tongue-tied around others.
Boost Your Self Esteem
Sometimes life doesn’t always go the way you want it to and if you’re having a personal issue or a crisis of confidence every negative situation can seem magnified. Once you’ve found yourself making a perfect fire, cooking a restaurant worthy dinner using just an open flame, or animal tracking like a pro you’ll feel much more confident in your abilities as well as giving yourself the chance to feel good about yourself.
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