As part of the ‘Staying Fit For Farming- A health booklet for Farmers’ stress on a farm has been outlined, from the signals to solution.
What are the signals that you are stressed?
A relentless build-up of pressure, without the opportunity to recover, can lead to harmful stress. The important thing is to recognise the warning signs while you can do something about it. Common warning signs are:
- Eating more or less than normal.
- Mood swings.
- Not being able to concentrate.
- Feeling tense.
- Feeling useless.
- Feeling worried or nervous.
- Not looking after yourself.
- Not sleeping properly
. • Being tired.
- Being forgetful.
- Excessive drinking.
Why bother? Stress can trigger anxiety and depression which can be difficult to recover from and you can experience physical symptoms such as:
- Back pain.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
. • Migraine.
- Heart and artery disorders
. • Rashes, allergies
Top Tips for dealing with Stress
Unfortunately, many men struggle with their stress alone and rely on unhealthy coping methods such as drinking more alcohol, smoking more cigarettes or gambling. However, there are many more positive and productive ways of dealing with stress. Try out some of these top ten stress-busting tips:
- Work it off: Doing exercise gives you energy and makes you feel better.
- Get enough sleep: Rest is important to revitalise your body and mind.
- Keep it simple: Take things one step at a time; be aware of negative thoughts and try to focus on the positive.
- Take time to relax: Make time for yourself. Do something you enjoy such as going to a match, listening to music or reading.
- Prioritise: Review how you organise your time. Prioritise tasks, make lists and reward yourself for doing them
6. Be assertive: Don’t try to please everybody. Learn to say ‘no’.
- Try to eat healthy: Eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drinks lots of water. Cut down on eating foods that are high in fats, sugars and salt.
- Keep your mind active: You can do this by playing cards, doing quizzes or crosswords, or researching something you are interested in on the internet.
- Get it all off your chest: ‘A problem shared is a problem halved’. Simply talking to someone you trust can really help.
- Accept the things you cannot change: Focus your attention and energy on the things that you can do and that you have control over and try to accept that there are certain things you cannot change.