Over the next few months I hope to offer my fellow ruralites a regular insight and advice into the ability for each of us to contribute to the wellbeing of our rural communities, firstly via ourselves as individuals and through our friends and families.
Broad topics and concepts alongside practical methods to enable us all to be part of supporting change and creating a new sense of normal for our rural communities is the aim of this project.
We each face a growing range of stressors and worries as each year and generation of modernisation arises.
Not only do we face the age old bane of financial, environmental, physical and emotional stress upon ourselves and our families, but subsequently our communities then suffer.
We now have to adapt to concepts such as constant digital notifications, social media, financial global climate and crises and the worry of our future ahead.
Let’s peel all those layers back and have a good look at ourselves as individuals. How are we coping and how can we correct that? How are we adapting?
What are we portraying to others around us as who we are as members of society? Importantly though, are we prioritising our own physical and mental health and stability?
We are now lucky to be provided with regular informative articles, workshops, online platforms, Facebook groups and public health messages that can guide us on this journey to being resilient rural folk.
We are being given the 5 Ways to Wellbeing often in these messages and it’s working a lot.
However we still have an alarming rate of suicide, but it is not just due to farming.
Let us all try to be better people, encouraging a better family and friend’s inclusion,