12 Ways Self-Sufficiency Will Make You a Happier Person
Self-sufficiency isn’t always a breeze, but but there are plenty of studies that show working outside, caring for animals and making your own living all have physical, mental & financial benefits that are not afforded to those with your run-of-the-mill, nine to five job.
Imagine: You greet another day to the sounds of your livestock stirring, sun shining into your bedroom and a garden bursting with produce you’ve planted and tended from seedlings. After eating a breakfast of eggs you collected from your rambunctious hens, you pull on a pair of old, comfy jeans and slip into your well-worn work boots so you can start your daily routine with your garden, animals and home projects in the beautiful day that awaits you outside. Of course, not all days on the homestead are like this, but let’s take a look at the goods of self-sufficient living that far outweigh the bads.
1. Exercise You Can Enjoy
You’ll do more squats and lift more heavy weights while tending your garden or installing solar panels and do more cardio chasing your hens back into their pen than you ever would in the gym…and you’ll enjoy the end result of not only your improved physical fitness but you’ll also enjoy both the proverbial and literal fruits of your labor.
2. Stress and Anxiety Relief
Research has shown that working with your hands can provide stress and anxiety relief as it gives your mind something to focus on that gives a definite result rather than the abstract goals that we strive to attain at our day jobs.
3. Lower Cost of Living
It makes sense that if you’re growing your own food you’re paying for less at the grocery store, and paying less money to get there. If your home is solar or wind powered, it makes sense that you’ll be paying less of an electricity bill. Like most things, if you’re putting in more work it will result in less cost.
4. More Resourceful
When you’re cooking zucchini for a month straight because your garden is overflowing with them, you learn new recipes or make up your own to keep squash interesting. Or if your horse is giving birth a little early and your vet is nowhere to be found, you’ll learn about equestrian anatomy and birthing processes quickly. Self-sufficiency requires you to think on your feet and use what you have on hand.
5. Mental Well-Being
If you are outdoors soaking up vitamins known to boost your mental state of mind as you solve a problem you faced earlier in the day with a definitive result that you created yourself, you’re bound to feel pretty good about life by the end of the day.
6. Variety, Variety, Variety
Even if you do the same chores every day, there is never routine on the homestead. There will always be a new challenge, opportunity or something that just makes you laugh at the spontaneous nature of your self-sufficient life.