To mark Men’s Health Week Monday (Jun 10th ) to Sunday (June 16th), Caroline Farrell, IFA National Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair has stressed the importance of improving farmers health and wellbeing by making small changes.
The long hours can be hard on people’s physical and mental health and she asserts that “Farmers need to prioritise their own health and take time to recharge their batteries.”
‘Men’s Health Matters’ is the new campaign by the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) and the association are asking man and boys to do “something practical” to help improve their health.
“Farming is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs.” said Farrell, “If you have pain with your back, feel burnt out or worried about some aspect of your health, make a commitment to go to your GP to get it checked out.” She added.
50% of farmers with occupational ill health suffer from back pain. Manual handling, lung problems, infections and noise are the main causes associated with farmer’s ill health.
Farmers need to achieve a better balance between work, outside interests and time spent with family and friends according to the FAI. By taking better care of yourself, your farm business can only benefit.