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Unplug and Reconnect in Nature

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Teen Glued to Their Phone

Is your teen glued to their phone, missing out on the real world? You're not alone. American teens spend an average of 7.5 hours daily on screens, a big part of their day. [1] Excessive screen time isn't just trapping your teen indoors; it's also impacting their mental health. Research shows a clear link between increased screen time and symptoms of depression and anxiety in teenagers.[2] 

Tired of tech distractions ruling your teen's life? From non-stop texts to social media obsessions and video game addiction, persuading your teenager to disconnect from the digital realm can be tough. It's time to unplug and reap the rewards of reconnecting with nature. Explore how stepping back from screens can enhance well-being, spark creativity, and strengthen your bond with your teen. Escape the digital chaos and immerse yourselves in the rejuvenating embrace of the great outdoors.


Chilling in nature

Escape the Stress Spiral: Nature's Chill Pill

Teenage life is a rollercoaster of emotions, but technology can make it even more overwhelming. Luckily, nature offers a powerful remedy. University of Michigan studies reveal that spending time outdoors significantly reduces stress hormones and promotes inner peace. [3] Escape the chaos by swapping indoor woes for a calming family camping trip. Fresh air and natural sounds work wonders in soothing anxieties. Regular nature exposure builds resilience to stress, equipping both you and your teen to tackle life's challenges with ease. Treat yourself to a mental and emotional detox - immerse in nature for a brighter, calmer outlook on life. 


Rock climbing

Spark Curiosity & Connection: Nature's Playground for the Whole Family


Is your teen always glued to their phone, missing out on the beauty of the real world? Technology can create a sense of isolation and a disconnect from the real world, but nature offers a powerful antidot.  Step into nature's playground and watch curiosity and connection bloom. Research shows that outdoor adventures can boost creativity and problem-solving skills, turning nature into a giant classroom for exploration.[4]


From building campfires to stargazing, these shared experiences create lasting memories and tighten the bond between you and your teenager. So, ditch the movie nights and embrace the wonders of nature together. Let the great outdoors spark conversations and bring you closer than ever before. 


Natures gift held in a hand

Embrace the Present Moment: Nature's Gift of Mindfulness


In a world filled with digital distractions, being present in the moment can be challenging. Teens, especially, are drawn to multitasking and divided attention. However, nature offers a valuable lesson in mindfulness.


Picture yourself canoeing down a serene river, feeling the soothing flow of water urging you to slow down and take in your surroundings. The simplicity and beauty of nature help cultivate an awareness of the present moment. Research from Harvard University shows that spending time outdoors can enhance focus and reduce mind-wandering – benefitting both you and your teenager. [5] 


By disconnecting from technology and immersing yourself in nature, you create a space to truly appreciate the world around you. This mindful practice fosters deeper connections with yourself and others, creating memories that transcend the fleeting interactions of the digital realm.



Ditch the Screens, Embrace the Wild: Fun Outdoor Activities for Teens


You've convinced your teen to leave their screens behind for the great outdoors - a small victory! But now what? The wilderness may seem intimidating at first, especially for tech-savvy teens. However, nature is filled with fun activities that will help your teenager break free from FOMO and embrace outdoor excitement.


Check out these ideas to ignite an adventurous spirit and foster a love for nature in your teen (and maybe even yourself!):


Nature's light show of stars

Nature's Light Show: Stargazing for Budding Astronomers


Explore the wonders of the night sky with stargazing – a thrilling and educational outdoor activity for teenagers. Picture yourself laying on a blanket in your backyard, surrounded by a million twinkling stars in the deep darkness above. Use a stargazing app to identify constellations, planets, and satellites for free.


For those seeking more excitement, plan a weekend escape to a dark sky preserve away from city lights. Witness the breathtaking Milky Way or catch sight of a shooting star, leaving your teen awestruck and eager to learn more about the mysteries of the universe.


Stargazing is not just gazing; it's about instilling curiosity. Encourage your teenager to research the formations they see, fostering a passion for science and exploration that will last a lifetime.


Get Your Adrenaline Pumping: Adventure Activities for Thrill-Seekers


Get ready to embark on heart-pounding outdoor adventures that will leave a lasting impression. Picture yourself riding the rapids while whitewater rafting or conquering a daunting cliff through rock climbing. Not a fan of heights? No worries! Opt for mountain biking or a challenging hike to discover hidden waterfalls.


The key is to choose activities that cater to your teen's preferences and skill level. It's all about stepping out of their comfort zone while prioritizing safety. Make sure they have the proper gear and adult supervision for any high-adrenaline escapades.


Survival Skills 101: Building Confidence and Resourcefulness


Embark on a wilderness survival workshop where you'll master fire-building , map navigation and other basic survival skills. These essential skills not only teach resourcefulness and problem-solving but also instill confidence and self-reliance in teenagers. Summit Journeys Adventure camps offer immersive experiences in Utah's stunning landscapes to equip teens with practical life skills and a lasting love for the outdoors. Join us for an unforgettable journey! Click here to learn more about the adventure camps.


Step away from the screens and dive into nature's wonders! Disconnect from technology, bond with your teenager, and cultivate a love for the outdoors that will endure. Nature is calling – are you ready to answer? Lace up, explore, and rediscover the thrill of adventure together.


Sources

  1. Common Sense Media - Screen Time & Media Use by Kids and Teens https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/research/report/0-8_infographic_pages.pdf

  2. University of Michigan - Impact of Technology on Adolescent Mental Health https://news.umich.edu/u-m-expert-shares-thoughts-on-next-steps-after-us-report-on-social-medias-effects-on-youth/

  3. How Does Spending Time in Nature Benefit Your Health?: https://mcpress.mayoclinic.org/mental-health/the-mental-health-benefits-of-nature-spending-time-outdoors-to-refresh-your-mind/

  4. Cornell University - The Connection Between Nature and Cognitive Development: https://abclifeliteracy.ca/blog-posts/family-literacy-blog-posts/how-nature-impacts-cognitive-development/

  5. Source: Harvard University - How Nature Makes You More Mindful: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_nature_makes_you_kinder_happier_more_creative


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