Healthy thinking helps you to be resilient, so you can manage the ups and downs of farming.
Farming is a high-pressure profession these days, with more stresses and demands than most other types of work. You need to be in the right head-space to make good decisions, maintain positive relationships with the people you live and work with, and be flexible when the weather or global market throws you a curve ball.
The pressure’s on
- 6 out of 10 male farmers have high blood pressure.
Your goal is to be a resilient farmer
Springing back into shape after you’ve been knocked down – that’s resilience. It’s not an ability that we are born with. It’s a skill that anyone can learn and improve.
Resilience is a compulsory character trait for farmers, because the nature of the job means there will always be knock downs.
The resilient farmer…
- thinks flexibly
- is optimistic
- is a creative problem-solver
- can see others’ points of view
- can challenge his/her own view
- can move on with daily life, despite obstacles
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Having A Healthy Attitude Profile
Tom talks about the importance of managing your attitudes – ‘the top paddock between your ears’.
TWIG On To A New Way Of Thinking – Part One
One of the tools from Tom’s Healthy Thinking toolbox. ‘Twigging’ helps you work out whether your thinking is helping or hindering you.
TWIG On To A New Way Of Thinking – Part Two
On-farm examples of ‘twigging’ in action.
Switching Your Thinking
Tom explains how a few simple sayings can help you overcome the brain’s in-built negativity bias.
Knowing Your Numbers
Take better care of yourself by keeping track of your blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes risk and having annual medical.