Stress as a factor on the farm

Stress is a response to an event or situation that can cause worry and affect the way that we think and feel. It is common in daily life and can show up because of work, personal relationship or family issues – or sometimes a combination of many issues.

There are some important things to consider when dealing with stress. Here are some tips that could help you or others on your farm reduce stress.

Take care of personal conflict:

Family and relationship conflicts can be a major source of stress for individuals. Resolving these issues can relieve a lot of pressure. Consider talking to a professional about the conflicts that are troubling you.

Make time for things you enjoy:

Life on the farm can sometimes leave little or no time to do the things you enjoy. Whatever it is, reading, gardening, listening to music or fishing, it’s important to make time for things that you enjoy doing that will help you to feel more relaxed.

Control work:

We are all acutely aware of the long hours and increasing workloads that many farmers have to deal with. Changing your work habits can be difficult, but small adjustments can make a big difference. Make sure that there is some time in each day that is not entirely devoted to your work or business. Use this time to exercise, spend time with family and friends or do things you enjoy.

Exercise regularly:

Even if it’s a short walk each day, exercise can relieve tension in your muscles and improve your feeling of relaxation.

Get help:

Talking to someone, whether it’s a friend, family member or mental health professional can help to relieve stress.

Don’t be afraid to ask for a hand. Help is close by for all farmers.