The countryside is considered to be the perfect place to grow up and grow old but I can think of something else that it’s perfect for – a mini-break.  Although I am now a city-dweller, I’m still a country girl at heart and I always will be.  So here are my top 10 reasons to consider taking a country mini-break.  

1.  Peace and quiet.  It’s pleasantly strange when the sounds of the city are replaced with the stirring of the trees and the chirping of birds.  The lack of sound pollution can facilitate an environment of calm, which can often mean getting some better quality sleep.  Better sleep = better well being!

2.  Stunning scenery.  Nothing beats a cracking view and in the countryside, they are aplenty.  You can feast your eyes on rolling green fields and stunning sweeping landscapes that are sure to instil inspiration.

3.  Fresh air.  It really is worth stopping to smell the roses because the simple pleasure of inhaling fresh country air is not only refreshing but it’s also good for you.  County air tends to be significantly cleaner and more oxygenated than polluted city air, which can sometimes aggravate skin and respiratory problems.  It’s always good to get a break from cramped confined spaces such as offices, tubes and trains where you are exposed to a greater risk of catching a cold from the stale, recycled air.

4.  It can be cheap.  I’m sure we all know how expensive city living can be – depending on where you go, the countryside can be competitively cheaper when it comes to accommodation and dining.  You don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to take country mini-break if you do your research.

5.  No distractions.  It can do you a world of good to simply switch off from life’s distractions for a little bit and turn your attention to relaxation and enjoyment.  Escaping to the countryside for a mini-break is for many people, a great opportunity to turn off their phone and step away from social media and other such distractions.

6.  It’s never far.  Wherever you are, you’re probably not too far from rurality.  You won’t necessarily need to travel a great distance to escape to the country.

7.  It’s restorative.  From better sleep to reduced stress levels, a countryside mini-break can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered.

8.  There is lots to do.  The countryside is an outdoor adventurer’s playground.  It offers lots to keep you occupied, be it cycling, sports, golfing or simply going for a stroll.  You can indulge in unadulterated enjoyment of the things that you might not usually make time for in your day-to-day life.

9.  Connect with nature.  Connecting with nature can work wonders for morale, mood and energy levels.  Research shows that spending time in the fresh air, surrounded by nature, increases energy in 90% of people.  You can give your body a break from stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol and instead, enjoy a natural high. 

10.  Experience the seasons.  One thing that is easily missed in the city are the transitioning seasons.  Often, the only real indication of this is more rain.  From the blossoms in the spring, brilliant blooms in summer and falling leaves in autumn, the countryside has an ever-changing landscape.

I recently went on a countryside mini-break of my own in Cornwall, a place that is famed for its beauty (not to mention the place I grew up).  In fact, the images in this article were taken in my garden, which as you can see is currently a sea of pink and blue hydrangeas.  Every time I visit the countryside, be it Cornwall or elsewhere, I always leave feeling like a new woman – rested, reinvigorated and re-inspired.

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