Homesteading is hard work. It’s not the easy life as people may think. I want to remind you about why you got into homesteading in the first place. I want you to evaluate where you are, and where you are going. Look how far you’ve come! Now let’s talk about living well on the homestead.
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If you ask me, you’ve come a long way. If your hair is frazzled, or your stress is at the top of the cup and about to overflow, these 5 ways to practice living well on the homestead should help.
5 Ways to Practice Living Well on The Homestead
- Reflect – Take a moment to reflect on why you started homesteading. What was your situation like before you started homesteading? Were you ready to drop out of the rat race? Why did you choose this life? To live well, eat healthy, perhaps to grow your own garden?
- Refresh – Take a look at your priorities. Make sure what is really important to your happiness is close to the top. This could be to feed your family healthier foods, or spend more time with your children, or maybe raising goats so you can have fresh milk and cheese? Here’s my reason… To provide a great life for these guys. It started as wanting to eat healthier foods and grew from there.
Maybe it is something different, to be more self-sufficient, make your own homemade items, like deodorant, or shampoo. I like to have a cup of tea while thinking about my priorities. It is from their new tea line that I spotted at Publix. It has the benefit of refresh. After lunch, I like to reevaluate my list of things to do. Knocking off anything I won’t have time or energy for, and replace it with something meaningful and/or move it to tomorrow. Plus, it’s nice to have a cup of tea after making lunch for everyone. I like to sit and have a cup of tea while I homeschool the boys. It refreshes my day
and pushes me to finish my chore list.
- Reduce – Remove some items that are unimportant, or too stressful to deal with. This homesteading life is not the simple life. Dealing with animal wounds, or deaths, and all of our daily chores, it can be so overwhelming. You don’t have to do it all or do it perfectly. Nor, can you do it all at once. Like I can’t feed my family solely from my garden and animals…yet. It’s something I am working on though. I did have to pull back on making some homemade items, in order to work more at home and blog. (I need money to garden, and buy more animals, right?)
- Recognize – Acknowledge when you need help. Reach out to friends, family, neighbors, or fellow homesteaders if you are struggling. You may be surprised that people are more willing to help when you ask them for it. Take a vacation for goodness sakes!
- Rest – Take a moment out of each day to rest. Sit on the porch with a nice cup of Herbal Tea and bask in the delight of the day’s work. The tea brings the benefit of balance. Bring balance to your day with a little rest, and pat yourself on the back for all of those things you crossed off the list today!
Focus on living well every day. That is what homesteading is to me. I hope this was a great reminder of why you started homesteading. So through all the hard work, and stress you will remember there is a purpose. Remember the bigger picture of what all of your hard work is for.
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