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May 18, 2015 Comments (1) Views: 2315 Healthy Thinking

Becoming a resilient farmer

Building resilience requires a two-pronged attack – you have to strengthen body and mind.

 

Wellbeing research shows that people can actively improve their wellbeing and resilience. A study about the pursuit of happiness found that 40% of our happiness is determined by how we choose to approach and deal with life.

 

Build a resilient body

  • Commit to taking care of yourself. Take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing. Don’t overwork.
  • Keep active. Exercise keeps the body healthy and helps you handle pressure. It also releases endorphins and chemicals (seratonin and dopamine), which will automatically improve your mood.
  • Eat healthily and regularly. Make sure your body gets the fuel it needs to function at its best. Don’t skip meals or live off junk food. Eat nutritious snacks during the day. Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid self-medication. Don’t rely on alcohol, smoking or caffeine to get through. They just create new problems.
  • Get enough rest. Give your body the opportunity to rest and recover. Make sure you get enough sleep.

 

Wellbeing research shows that people can actively improve their wellbeing and resilience. A study about the pursuit of happiness found that 40% of our happiness is determined by how we choose to approach and deal with life.

 

 

Build a resilient mind

  • Connect with others. Talking about your farming challenges relieves pressure and makes you realise others are in the same boat. Mates might have helpful advice or suggestions.
  • Give your time to others. Volunteer your time and talents, spend time with people you enjoy, join groups and attend functions. Have a life outside farming.
  • Choose to be positive. Learn the habits of healthy thinking so you can maintain a positive outlook. It’s easy to fall into patterns of faulty thinking that assume the worst in every situation and undermine confidence. Learn to challenge faulty thinking and look at things from a positive perspective.
  • Don’t waste energy worrying. Getting upset about the things you can’t change or control gets you nowhere. Find solutions for the things you can control.
  • Keep learning. Embrace new skills, ideas and experiences. Stimulate the mind.
  • Live in the present. Enjoy what you are doing. Find pleasure in the simple things.
  • Sign up for Farmstrong news. It will help you achieve a healthier, happier working life.

 

Sign up for Farmstrong news

Farmstrong is a rural wellbeing programme designed by farmers for farmers. Its focus is pretty simple: the most important asset on any farm is you, so just like you look after important farm equipment, you need to look after yourself.

By signing up for Farmstrong you’re opening the gate to good information and resources that help to keep your body and mind healthy and happy. When you feel good every day, it’s easier to deal with the ups and downs that farming can throw at you. SIGN UP NOW

 

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