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.
April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month!
- Stress Awareness Month is held every April to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for stress
- According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope
- To find out more about Stress Awareness Month, click here
- This page on FarmWell has lots of useful resources to support in managing and controlling stress
- To mark Stress Awareness Month, Mind have collated some advice for spotting the signs of stress, click here to see
Farmers Guardian – 7 ways to reduce stress and anxiety, click here.
- Understanding what is in your stress container will help you to address those individual issues and reduce the negative impact stress can have on your life, click here find out more.
FarmWell – Identifying, managing and minimising stress pdf document :
- Stress can lead to mental health problems, likewise mental health problems can cause stress therefore it is best to deal with the pressures that are causing the stress to try and minimise their effect on the body and mind.
- FarmWell has developed a downloadable resource on stress management, identifying the signs of stress, understanding how to manage stress and from it, build resilience, click here to view.
- Download below.
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/
Every Mind Matters – feeling stressed? click here.