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The 19th-century American writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau knew the importance of nature. Thoreau filled his books and notes with observations about human life and its basic need for nature. Those writings have probably never been more important than they are today. On average, Americans spend approximately ten hours a day with a computer or other electronic device and less than 30 minutes a day outdoors. That is a claim made by David Strayer, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah. In his 2017 TEDTalk, Strayer clarified that all this time spent with technology is making our brains tired.
Utilizing an electronic device – answering emails, listening to the news, looking at Facebook - puts a lot of pressure on the prefrontal cortex, the front of the brain. This area, Strayer explains, is important for critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. So, it is significant to give the brain a rest. And being in nature helps refresh a brain that is tired from too much technology. That is when time in the great outdoors and a camping trip can help. Friends and family take time off and escape to nature for several days. They take walks, climb, explore, swim, sleep, eat and play. Camping may be just what a tech-tired brain needs.
Camping give us a chance to get in touch with nature and it's a little less busy than our regular day-to-day life. And it's very relaxing. So, when you return to work on Monday generally you're in a better state of mind. At the University of Utah, David Strayer has studied both short-term and long-term exposure to nature. He found that spending short amounts of time in nature without technology does calm the brain and helps it to remember better. On the other hand, he found, it is the long-term contact with nature that does the most good.
He and his research team found that spending three days in nature without any technology is enough time for the brain to fully relax and reset itself. He calls this the “three-day syndrome.” He claims that spending long amounts of time in nature will help: rest and recharge the brain, improve our productivity, lower our stress levels, and make us feel better.
Camping teaches you to know your surroundings and to think about one thing at a time. This is similar to Strayer’s claim that being in nature calms the brain and helps it to focus. It can show you how to take care of yourself in difficult situations. And this can help to increase your confidence in your abilities.
Nature as teacher
Giving your brain a rest so that it can work better is a great reason to go camping. But it is not the only reason. Nature is great teacher. “And learning about animals and nature environments and how that sort of thing works is different when it's hands-on than when it's in school -- learning to deal with the weather; and learning to stay dry in the rain or warm in the snow; learning how to keep your feet in good condition when you're hiking and walking; learning how to dress for the elements ..."
So, taking a long walk in the woods or by the ocean or in a city park is, of course, wonderful. But camping requires that you spend more time in nature and it can test you in different ways. You must immerse yourself more deeply in nature. And the health benefits can be deeper as well.
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