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The Call of the wild
Nature means grand adventure and exploration to most people. The sense of freedom being in nature offers is unlike any other. That's what keeps us longing for the next trip, ready to unpack from our daily routine and rediscover that sense of wonder time and time again.
The feeling of needing to escape your life and reconnect to something greater is in our DNA. We are wired to be outside. The natural world is the reality we all long to get back to, the simplicity of nature.
A long weekend camping maybe just what you need to help reset your inner alarm clock. When camping you wake up early when the sun rises and shines brightly into your tent. After a long day full of adventure even a night around the campfire can end shortly after sunset. Letting the sun dictate your sleep schedule creates a natural routine. This along with the lower stress levels from time spent in nature create the perfect conditions to reset your inner alarm clock.
The 3-day effect
The three day effect is a kind of cleaning the mental windshield that occurs when we are in nature long enough. On day three your senses recalibrate, which allows the prefrontal cortex, the brains command center to dial down and rest.
Our brains are not tireless machines. They are easily fatigued. When we slow down, stop the busy work and take in beautiful natural surroundings we feel restored and our mental performance improves. Those who spend three days in the wilderness do 50% better on creative problem solving.