Seeking advice can help to deal with the pressures that farming can bring.
How to get help seeking advice
Seeking advice is not a sign of weakness; it’s recognition that we don’t have to – and can’t – solve every challenge by ourselves.
Being a farmer means wearing a lot of hats. You’re managing staff, tending to stock, caring for the land, responding to changing weather patterns, analysing global markets and doing the books. Oh, and you’re also trying to be a good partner and parent. That’s a lot for anyone to juggle.
Apart from a sharp brain, you need expertise and skills to successfully tackle every aspect of your job. If your knowledge is a bit thin in any area, you’ll find yourself working longer days trying to make up for it – and worrying as well.
There will always be moments when things get us down – and its normal for this to happen.
If you’re feeling under pressure click here to check out this handy information from the Ministry of Primary Industries and the Rural Support Trust which explains what stress is and provides some helpful tips about coping with stress on the farm. You’ll also find links to organisations that can help if stress is becoming too much.
If you work in the agriculture sector and want to understand more about stress and how to respond to mental health related issues, check out this helpful information guide from Federated Farmers and WellSouth Primary Health Network.