Not only is an outdoor holiday more wallet-friendly than other accommodations, but it can also positively impact your well-being. A recent survey found that a third of Brits felt that camping or caravanning has positively impacted their mental health.
Additionally, a government study found people who spend more time in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and improved psychological well-being.
Research from Pitchup has revealed the 20 best campsites to boost your mental well-being this Mental Health Awareness Week.
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
“Everything, the view, the people, the walks, the peace, the quiet. If you want bells and whistles, this isn’t the campsite for you. If you want walks on your doorstep, the ability to see every star in the sky at night, and a complete feeling of tranquillity, then this is the place for you. Priced very reasonably reflects the site’s facilities. No Internet connection…bliss .” Pengraig Campsite
“Peaceful. Beautiful scenery and walks from the site. Lovely large pitches. Very friendly owner. Good location for the coast.” Ashton Hall Caravan Park
“Everything, peace, quiet, tranquillity, spotless facilities, fishing, morning birdsong – incredible.” Rectory Farm Fishing and Camping Site.
Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup says that exploring nature can be just one of many things to help improve your well-being.
Dan Yates, the founder of Pitchup, commented: “There is plenty of research out there which shows a direct correlation between getting outside during daylight hours and state of mind. Being outside is not only good for our physical health but also our mental health. So many reviews on our website reference how positive and peaceful their stay made them feel, which is a testament to the impact this kind of holiday can have.”
Five 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 from 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 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 also not just good for the body but is also good 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.