A weekend camping trip could be all it takes to reset your natural circadian rhythm (that’s our 24 hr ‘body clock’ to you and me). The rhythm is linked to the light / dark cycle, so exposure to more natural sunlight, more outdoor activity and less time spent on electronic devices all contribute to a better sleeping pattern. Studies have shown campers go to sleep earlier and get on average 2hrs more sleep a night than they do at home.
The positive effects of camping on your wellbeing don’t stop there…Spending time in nature is a great way to escape the stress and craziness of everyday life. Spending time in nature has been associated with decreased levels of mental illness, reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety, in addition to increased self esteem. The positive effect on physical health shouldn’t be overlooked either, including your waistline! Fresh air and sunlight have the largest benefits. With increased exposure to natural sunlight, the vitamin D we absorb in our skin helps to elevate our mood. Vitamin D can also help fight conditions from osteoporosis and cancer to depression and heart attacks.
Whilst all this fresh air and natural scenery have a positive effect on adults, the increased outside activities can also improve the overall quality of our kids lives. Spending time in natural surroundings stimulates children’s creativity, and time outdoors encourages kids to actively play rather than spending time focussed on tv and video games. We’ve given nature a helping hand here at The Dorset Hideaway and have just installed a brand new kids adventure play area. As much as we want them to be active and play, sometimes we need something amazing to occupy the mini campers while we have a much needed rest.
Whilst we’re on the subject…rest is also an important part of your wellbeing. We can assist your relaxation with our on-site spa and hot tub. Massage isn’t just a feel-good way to pamper yourself, it’s also amazing for your wellbeing. On a very basic level, human touch is incredibly therapeutic and relaxing. Studies have found people who were depressed and anxious were much more happy and relaxed, and had reduced levels of stress after massage. Another bonus to massage is that it can help decrease the frequency and severity of tension headaches. Our Spa here at The Dorset hideaway offer a range of treatments as well as massage and we’re open all year round to residents and non residents.
So to summarise, a camping trip at The Dorset Hideaway will help with your slumber, make you happier, healthier, less stressed and more relaxed. Oh and if you have mini campers in tow then you get to feel like even more wonderful parents than you undoubtably already are, watching your little darlings running around breathing in the fresh air of the picturesque Dorset countryside. So book yourself in for a large dose of The Dorset Hideaway, doctors orders!!