How to Deal with Stress on the Farm

farmer, stressDoes farming have you stressed out? Well, that’s understandable; there is a lot to worry about – health of your animals, time management, weather, crop damage, harvest and planting season, and the list goes on and on!

For your health, it is important to take time to relax and learn to cope with stress on the farm.  Accidents are a major cause of death and injuries among agricultural workers.  Farmers also have the highest rate of heart and artery disease, hypertension, ulcers and nervous disorders due to stress-related conditions, according to a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

If you as a farmer are frustrated with the many conditions that affect your everyday job and paycheck, take these ideas into careful consideration:

  • Acknowledge that stress exists in your life.
  • Don’t minimize your reactions to stress. If you keep stress buried inside, it is likely to create mental and physical problems.
  • Talk to your family, friends, clergy or professional counselor about your problems. This helps to clear your head and focus on eliminating or reducing anxiety.
  • Eat well-balanced meals and try to limit caffeine and alcohol intake. Also, if you smoke, quit.
  • Get enough sleep. If you have trouble sleeping, try light reading or listening to soft music.
  • Keep all machinery in good condition. Eliminating possible breakdowns will help reduce stressful moments.

Everyone is different, but try your best to follow a few of these suggestions to eliminate stress in your life and make your job as a farmer more enjoyable!  If you have any ideas about how to reduce stress in your life, feel free to comment them below to share with your fellow farmers and agricultural workers!

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