Five Rural-Friendly Ways to Enhance Your Life Today

Living in the countryside or on a farm offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature and experience a slower pace of life. However, just like those in urban areas, rural residents can benefit from daily practices that improve their overall well-being. Need some inspiration? Here’s five ideas to help you enhance your life today.

1. Cultivate Mindfulness in Nature

Living in rural areas provides abundant access to natural beauty. Embrace this by starting a mindfulness practice outdoors. Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a pioneer in mindfulness meditation, reminds us, “Wherever you go, there you are.”

Take a few moments each day to sit quietly, observe the natural world around you, and focus on your breath. The calm and clarity that mindfulness brings can help reduce stress and foster a deeper connection with your surroundings.

2. Engage in Farm-Fresh Exercise

Farm life offers unique opportunities for physical activity. Engage in exercise routines that blend with your rural environment. Whether it’s tending to your garden, taking a long walk through fields, or participating in farm chores, staying active is crucial.

As the American Heart Association emphasizes, “Physical activity can improve your quality of life.” Embrace the benefits of rural living by staying active in your natural surroundings.

3. Set Farmstead Goals

Farmers are familiar with setting goals for their crops and livestock, but it’s equally important to set personal goals. Use the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) framework to define your aspirations.

Zig Ziglar, a renowned motivational speaker, once said, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Setting clear goals for your rural lifestyle can provide direction and motivation for personal growth and farm success.

4. Declutter and Organize Your Homestead

Just as in urban settings, clutter can accumulate in rural homes and farmsteads. Take some time today to declutter and organize your living space.

The renowned organizing consultant, Marie Kondo, suggests, “Keep only those things that spark joy.” Tidying up and organizing your farm tools, equipment, or living spaces can help reduce stress and increase efficiency, allowing you to focus on what truly matters.

5. Learn Time-Honored Skills

Living in the countryside offers an opportunity to embrace time-honored skills. Dedicate time today to learn something new that aligns with your rural lifestyle, whether it’s traditional woodworking, canning, or animal husbandry.

As Helen Hayes, an accomplished actress, once said, “If you rest, you rust.” Continuously expanding your knowledge and skills can enhance your self-sufficiency and connection to your rural surroundings.

Rural living can be a source of profound contentment and connection to nature. By incorporating these tailored practices into your daily life, you can enhance your well-being and make the most of your country or farm lifestyle.

Remember that, as with any positive changes, consistency is key. So, take the first step today to improve your life and embrace the unique opportunities that rural living offers.

Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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