Countryside Somerset holidays can be incredibly beneficial for your health and wellbeing. Being outdoors can boost your mood, give you energy and improve your health, while also being a great way to spend time with friends, family and loved ones. Mental health and adequate exercise are important to prioritise at this time, and with restrictions lifting, we’ve explored the top three health benefits of a Somerset staycation.

1. Reduces stress and depression

Many of us have felt the strain this past year and we all know that taking the time out to relax and switch off helps enormously with stress. But there is also a proven link between nature and mental health. Spending time in the great outdoors, experiencing fresh air and getting closer to nature can have an extremely positive effect on depression.

Our self-catering holiday cottages in Somerset are located in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by green space and forests to explore. The natural beauty and stunning sights of the county alone is breath-taking, helping to provide temporary respite, improve positivity and give a fresh sense of perspective.

2. Broadens minds

When you’re emotionally exhausted you don’t function at your best, but time away from all the stresses of everyday life allows your mind and body to properly rest and recover. Just like at work where short breaks help to keep your mind productive, a prolonged countryside break won’t only give you much-needed respite but will help to broaden your mind.

Time spent outdoors taking in new surroundings and absorbing new information is proven to make you mentally sharper and more creative. Our self-catering short breaks in Somerset are a great way to escape it all and enjoy yourself whether you’re looking to spend time with family, partner or on a solo adventure. A Somerset staycation this year will help give you a fresh wave of motivation and the strength to keep going.

3. Keeps you active

While being a great escape from normal life, a countryside holiday can also improve physical health. With so many footpaths and cycle tracks to explore, and even a dedicated lake to fish in, there are several ways to get yourself and others exercising. Whether it’s a gentle stroll through the countryside or a long hike across Exmoor, your body will release endorphins known as “happiness hormones”, and the simple act of using your muscles to move around outdoors will burn calories and improve your fitness.

But keeping active isn’t only good for your body, it’s good for your mind too. With the countryside on its doorstep and beautiful beaches a stone’s throw away, a staycation in Somerset is a great way to get out and about, discover new sights and explore new places. Discover more about Somerset.

Whatever the reason for seeking a holiday, the health benefits of a countryside retreat are inarguable. Get in touch with us today about our self-catering holidays in Somerset by emailing our team at Or give us a call on 01278 661 584 to book your holiday getaway.

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