10th October is World Mental Health Day, which focuses on raising awareness of mental health issues worldwide.
Government studies have shown that people who spend more time in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and improved psychological well-being. While a recent survey found that a third of Brits felt that camping or caravanning has positively impacted their mental health.
The data was determined by analysing and compiling a list of all reviews on the site that contained words linked to improved mental health and well-being.
Pitchup reviews of the top wellness campsites
‘Lovely and peaceful at night. So nice to be able to sit in peace and quiet just listening to the owls and watching the bats.’ Crowdecote Campsite
‘Peaceful. Beautiful scenery and walks from site. Lovely large pitches. Very friendly owner. Good location for coast.’ Ashton Hall Caravan Park
‘The lake, cafe and overall tranquility. If you are looking for somewhere to switch off and have some chill time, then this is the site for you.’ Litton Lakes
5 reasons why camping is good for your mental well-being
According to health experts, camping combats stress and helps improve your mental health.
An outdoor adventure allows you to switch off the daily use of digital gadgets such as your phone, computer etc., instantly providing you with a much-needed digital detox.
Reducing your time on digital gadgets and electronic devices will ensure you get a better restful sleep pattern. Being away from traffic and the city’s noise will help you switch off and reset your body clock fully. The word ‘peace’ has been mentioned in over 19,000 Pitchup reviews this year.
Due to sedentary lifestyles, many of us fail to get the recommended sufficient daily movement. From hiking trails to biking, camping promotes you to engage in frequent physical activity, which helps get your heart rate up. Physical exercise is not just good for the body but also for the mind. Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.
An outdoor accommodation holiday means less wifi which means more time to spend communicating with your family or friends, thus strengthening your relationships. According to health studies, positive interactions can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
Connection with nature
Many reports have cited spending time in nature to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.