Stress in the agricultural world is often caused by factors that are out of personal control such as change in market prices, disease and weather. Developing strategies to manage stress can help control it before it spirals into greater issues that may start to affect personal health. It is important to accept that stress is normal, especially in a high pressure work environment. Then understanding how to identify the signs of stress, managing it, and minimising it is the first point of call that can be easily combated.
Coping with the pressures of farming
- The following downloadable document from Teagasc covers ways to cope with the pressures of farming, click here. (Ireland)
- Fit2Farm: Farmers Weekly have developed Fit2Farm aimed at recognising and dealing with stress. There have been a series of articles developed under Fit2Farm to help improve both the physical and mental health of farmers.
- Mind Suffolk run a training program for you to better understand the causes of stress and poor mental health, alongside the steps to avoid stress and prevent mental ill health, click here to find out more.
Down on the Farm-Stress
The NHS have developed a service aimed at stress on the farm ‘Down on the Farm-Stress’. This link explains how to identity stress and the solutions to minimise it https://www.tewv.nhs.uk/services/down-on-the-farm-stress/