Country living has never been so appealing and lockdown has been the push many buyers needed to make the move from the town to the country. With its peace, space, and beauty, the countryside offers a romantic lifestyle but there are health benefits too. Living in the countryside has been proven to improve our mental health, reduce stress and anxiety and generally make us feel happier.
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 15th May 2021
6 reasons why living in the country is good for your health
Here are six reasons why:
Going for a daily walk was one of the top coping strategies during the pandemic. As well as the health and fitness benefits of taking physical exercise, being outside in the natural world with calming views of green fields and trees releases the brain’s feel-good chemical serotonin, a clinically proven mood-lifter. It’s official, spending time listening to bleating lambs and birdsong is good for the soul.
When working from home became the new normal, many Londoners discovered that they don’t miss the stressful, exhausting and expensive slog of the daily commute. With good internet connectivity in most areas of the UK, country living no longer means career sacrifice. Some rural areas even have faster and more reliable broadband than in central London.
The strong sense of community that exists in the countryside was another thing that many town dwellers realised they were missing during lockdown. As a general rule, life is more community- focused and community-based in a village where you always have a neighbour down the road to call on in a crisis.
During the lockdown months, people with gardens appreciated them like never before. Alongside the mental health benefits of gardening, lesser known is the role it can play in helping to keep you fit and healthy. Just 30 minutes of gardening burns around the same number of calories as 30 minutes of playing badminton, volleyball or practising yoga. The RHS recently released research showing that those who garden every day have wellbeing scores 6.6% higher and stress levels 4.2% lower than people who don’t garden at all.
Field to fork
Living in the countryside means you’re never far from a farmers’ market or farm shop. Whether you’re looking for meat and eggs or fruit and veg, the abundance of healthy and organic produce available in the countryside makes it easy to follow a healthy diet. Shopping locally means that your food has clocked up far fewer food miles than its supermarket equivalent and contains a much higher nutrient value. Homes in the countryside generally have larger gardens than their urban equivalents so if you live in the countryside you can probably find a spot in the garden for raised beds to grow your own.
Country air is generally cleaner than air in the city, partly because plant life and woodlands absorb poisonous carbon dioxide. Good air quality and less pollution means a lower incidence of allergies and conditions like asthma.
In the past, pandemics pulled people back to towns and cities where better healthcare was available and people felt more connected, but post-coronavirus we’re seeing a rush of buyers determined to make a move to the country. Whether you’re thinking of buying, renting or selling your home, our Michael Graham team would love to help. Get in touch via the website or to see our country homes for sale click the Property Search button now.