Stressometer and Camping

My stressometer has been into the red this week. As well as the credit card problem there have been a couple of extra biggies. I’m not going to bore you with them as I am doing the best I can to zone them out. However, I was interested to read that people who go camping, caravanning or go away in a motorhome are significantly less stressed and also much more happy than those who don’t.

Ta-da…… the proof that we are supposedly happier than we would have been had we not been happy campers. Of course it is impossible to prove that as a fact, but the Camping and Caravanning Club (UK) have indeed done a survey looking at attitudes of those who do and those who don’t

The current Prime Minister, Yes, I do know who he is – David Cameron – (so I presumably do not have Alzheimer’s,) says that as a country the UK should be more interested in what he calls Well-Being rather than Gross Domestic Product. In other words, he states that GWB is more important than GDP. I do wonder whether this is showing a touch of paranoia or desperation. After all he is campaigning against his Deputy Prime Minister (Nick Clegg, in case you have forgotten who he is, which wouldn’t be surprising….) with regard to the type of voting that will apply in General Elections. And the recovery from the recession is wobbly at least. OK we have the Royal Wedding next week, but rising prices, job losses and the impact of cuts on the most vulnerable are very worrying.

I wonder if Cameron goes camping? Or maybe he should go camping?

What strange thoughts for Good Friday. At this time of year, ie before Easter Day, I used to struggle to find an appropriate message to share with people. The best I can do this year is to recognise that there are invariably hard times in all our lives. The message of this day is that, no matter our faith (or lack of it) we are somehow never alone. And it is definitely true that being in the outdoors means we can appreciate creation and the beauty that just happens every year at Springtime.

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8 Responses to Stressometer and Camping

  1. LC says:

    Looks like a snug little home away from home. Camping, picnicking, and even just ambling about or sitting in nature is definitely renewing to me. And the message you leave us with this Easter is one of comfort. May peace and joy fill your Easter time.

  2. cloudia says:

    wise wise advice to prolong life and soul!

    Comfort Spiral




  3. Marcia Mayo says:

    Yes, I do know who he is – David Cameron – (so I presumably do not have Alzheimer’s,) I loved this line! I do hope as long as I can remember my president’s name I’m ok because I have a hard time with the names of the leaders of almost all of the other major countries. I do remember Queen Elizabeth though. Does she count?

  4. Lydia says:

    Very interesting, and I must show this to my husband. He so longs for a camper. Your post makes me wish we had one, too!

    I am excited about the Royal wedding. It will be on tv beginning at 1:00 a.m. here — no problem for me, the big night owl that I am. Kate Middleton and I have the same birthday (not year, of course!) and I am anxious to watch her make history.

    Happy Easter, Freda.

  5. I love Queen Elizabeth and have ever since she was a girl. My family has followed the Royal Doings for many years. When I was a kid, I had one of those viewmaster reels with photos of her coronation. David calls her “our Queen.”

    I keep up with your politics too. Just last week I signed up for my summer course, “England, 1900 to 1956.” This will be my eighth or ninth history graduate course about England. No matter what the topic, I always focus on the U.K. I think my paper summer semester will be about Lord Kitchner and the NHS.

    I am personally rooting for Cameron on most issues, because I know he has a very tough job. No parent or politician likes to be the one to say “No” it just isn’t popular. All politicians have a tough time these days, but some have an even tougher time. But, as good old Harry Truman said, if you can’t stand the heat stay out of the kitchen.

    We did a lot of camping along the way when I was a kid. But we did it with tents and Boy and Girl Scout equipment. My cousins are driving a big RV all over the US. RVing is big here too. I suppose we Americans and Brits just can’t stop copying each other. Dianne

  6. Joan McDowall says:

    Seems as though we have all had a stressful time one way or another……things can only get better. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
    Lots of Love

  7. freda says:

    Queen Elizabeth has always been a person I admire. She gives a focal point and a sense of security in a strange sort of way. Marcia, I know regrettably little about foreign dignitaries, so knowing our Queen definitely counts.

    Thanks for the comment, Joan, we’ll need to catch up soon.

  8. Sheila says:

    ” I love not camping.” That is the quotation on a mug that one of my friends gave me after seeing our RV. It is a home away from home and definitely a very relaxing and rewarding life style. To me, and many Canadians in general, camping means being in a tent and it usually involves discomfort as you get older! We still take the tent out once in a while but the trailer is fabulous for enjoying touring and the outdoor life with all the comforts of home. Yours looks lovely. Is it a different one than you had before? It looks different but it could just be the angle of the photo.

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