Anxiety and farming

When things are good, life on the farm can be the best job in the world. But farming isn’t always easy.

Living with the fear of an uncertain income, working long hours, working alone, working with so many things outside your control, worrying about the weather, and living far away from family and friends can be stressful.

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. For many farmers though, this ongoing anxiety impacts their overall mental health and happiness.

Look out for these symptoms of anxiety in yourself and your loved ones:

  • increased worrying
  • isolating your/themselves from work and other activities
  • feeling restless or on edge
  • feeling easily tired
  • having difficulty concentrating
  • feeling irritable
  • muscle tension (e.g. sore jaw or back)
  • having trouble sleeping (e.g. difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless sleep)

Most importantly, know that you can and should ask for help from your GP if you are experiencing anxiety or any other mental health concerns.

Anxiety is treatable, and your GP will have a range of options available to help you feeling back to your normal self.

Have you experienced an anxiety disorder? Watch Steve’s story about how he overcame tough times on his farm.