The outdoors means more to me than just going for hike. For a long time now I have suffered with my mental health. As with a lot of people I was struggling with anxiety, was getting depressed and also suffered with dissociation.
But it was in June 2019 I finally got diagnosed (after nearly 3 years of waiting) as autistic. I was told that everyone is currently diagnosed as having ASC, but to categorise it further, I would be classed as having Asperger Syndrome.
This didn’t really come as a surprise, as I knew deep down that this was likely to be the case. I often found myself feeling ‘different’, and although the diagnoses doesn’t change who I am or how I act, it does help me identify myself more.
With the constant battle of my mental health, it wasn’t until I first went wild camping that I truly understood the power of the outdoors for both mental and physical health. I felt at ease, my mind was clear for the first time in a long time and I was able to see where I was headed in life.
After speaking with other people who also suffer and use the outdoors as a way to medicate, it became apparent that there is a lot of people in this world that are suffering, that could get some relief by just getting out more.
This is why I started Smeegz Outdoors. I want more people to feel happy, get healthier and experience what this world already has to offer.