As a new year (and decade!) approaches we want to inspire you all to live better, healthier lives by choosing to embrace nature and get outdoors by camping more in 2020.
You’re probably tempted by the New Year’s gym membership discounts and new pair of running trainers which are both great but taking just one camping trip per year can have huge benefits for your mental and physical health.
If you want to enjoy nature and take in the fresh Lincolnshire air then look no further than Epworth Fields Holiday Park. We have so much for you to do: from our on-site popular gourmet food tent, fire pit, 8 acre woodlands, parkland, children’s activities and Ye Olde Sweet Shoppe, you won’t have to venture far to find something fun to do.
Below are just a few reasons to ditch your hectic life for a few days and just go camping.
Stress has been dubbed the ‘health epidemic of the 21st Century. The World Health Organisation have published a lot of research that says the more urbanised our society gets, the worse our health gets.
At Epworth Fields Holiday Park we welcome thousands of people a year looking to improve their well being and decrease their stress levels by reconnecting with nature.
Fractals are random mathematical patterns which occur naturally in nature (think of the unique pattern each snowflake has). Science shows that looking at fractals drops the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body indicating that humans are programmed to respond positively to nature. The connection is so strong that research shows that it even works with pictures or photographs of nature.
So whether it’s sitting around the fire watching the flickering flames, walking barefoot across our meadows, or splashing about in our on-site lake and woodland area, you will be so preoccupied with your surroundings that your stress will disappear.
At Epworth Fields Holiday Park we believe that everyone should make time to unplug, recharge and reconnect. We offer wi-fi across the site and electric pitches, however it is good to unplug from our screens and devices to recharge our mental energies and allow us some breathing space to be present and enjoy the company of others and reconnect with those from whom we may have grown apart.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, believes that turning off the cell phone and engaging with nature is one of the simplest ways to get the health benefits of meditation.
Build up your relationships with others by bonding over a board game, walk or game of footy on our fields, all it requires is that you turn off your technology to catch up with friends and family in person.
Nothing leaves you feeling more refreshed an invigorated than a burst of activity. Camping is one of the best ways to increase your physical activity levels and the benefits last long after the camping trips itself.
Spending time outdoors in nature, speaking with people face-to-face and getting more exercise will rewire your brain to make more positive connections that you will keep on benefitting from long after you’ve left our camp site.
If you pack crisps and biscuits, you’re not going to see any particular health benefits from your camping trip. However, if you leave the food up to us you won’t go far wrong. We have a full kitchen and very popular gourmet food tent where we hand prepare every dish from the freshest ingredients.
You won’t get any unnatural ingredients or unwelcome preservatives in the food we make, just proper hand cut chips, homemade lasagne and plenty more. Many guests that come to stay with us have a lot of positive things to say about our food. So save your money, luggage space and time and join us around our gourmet food tent for delicious home-cooked food.
Sleeping wild in nature can have a lot of benefits including improving your Zzz’s. According to a US study published in 2013, the more you abide by the sun’s schedule, the more likely that you are to go to bed and wake up at a reasonable time. Researchers examined campers for a week and found that sleeping away from artificial light helped reset their circadian rhythms and made them feel less groggy.