I know how much hard yakka goes into running a farm. You wake up before the crack of dawn and work your guts out until sundown, all for the love of the land and those who rely on you. But let’s not forget about the most important person in this equation – you.
A recent report by ABC News Rural shows that farmers’ mental health is a real issue. Stress, anxiety, and depression are on the rise, which could be symptoms of burnout. But we can’t let that happen. We need to take care of ourselves first and foremost so we can keep the farm running smoothly.
Here are some tell-tale signs that you might be experiencing burnout:
- You’re bloody exhausted all the time, even after a decent kip.
- The things that used to bring you joy now seem like a chore.
- You’re snappy with everyone, including your family and workers.
- You can’t concentrate on anything, and decisions seem impossible to make.
- You’re turning to unhealthy habits like too much booze or eating too much.
- Your body is giving you warning signs, like headaches, gut troubles, or getting sick more often than usual.
If you’re seeing any of these signs, it’s time to take action. You need to prioritise your own mental health so you can keep your farm running smoothly. Here are some things you can do to help you cope:
- Put yourself first: Make sure you’re taking breaks throughout the day to recharge and do things that make you happy, like having a chat with your mates or getting stuck into your favourite hobby.
- Connect with others: Have a yarn with your friends, family, or workers about what you’re going through. You can also seek help from a professional if you need it.
- Manage your stress: Incorporate some stress-busting techniques into your routine, like deep breathing, stretching, or exercise.
- Set boundaries: Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to things that are outside of your capacity. Remember, you’re only human.
- Reach out for help: There are plenty of resources out there for farmers struggling with mental health. Look up what’s available in your area and don’t be afraid to ask for a hand.
- Listen to this podcast episode: This is a great episode to listen to, particularly if you think that you or someone you know is experiencing burnout – https://www.farmownersacademy.com/profitablefarmer/burnout/
Let’s make mental health a priority in the farming community. We’re all in this together, and we need to look out for each other. Keep on keeping on, and don’t forget to take care of yourself.
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