To coincide with R U OK? Day (which is today, BTW), the Caravan Industry Association of Australia has released new research which found camping trips positively impact Aussies’ mental wellbeing.
The Real Richness Report found campers are generally happier, more satisfied, optimistic and energised than non-campers. It also found that campers are significantly less stressed, bored, lonely and frustrated than non-campers.
Not only do trips make campers happier, but the research found that they also give people an opportunity to connect with themselves and find their grounding, with 53 per cent of women and 44 per cent of men strongly agreeing that camping trips enabled them to gather their thoughts.
According to the study, 93 per cent of campers believe that camping brings families closer together, 94 per cent believe that it teaches children to engage socially, and 86 per cent believe that it improves children’s health.
The study also revealed that 96 per cent of campers believe that camping can make you happier, and 95 per cent believe that camping reduces stress.
If you or someone you know if is need of mental health or wellbeing assistance, visit www.ruok.org.au to view how you can help and what support services are available.
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