Getting away from the farm – for a few days or just a few hours – helps you to get the work-life balance right.
Let’s face it, when you live where you work, getting time off can be a challenge. Even when you decide to do nothing, jobs are always staring you in the face. Or you gravitate to the computer to check out commodity prices, new legislation and farming technology.
To maintain your health and sanity, you need to regularly put farming aside – and that means escaping from the farm. Even if you can only manage a few days at a time, the benefits can be massive. In fact, even a few hours away for lunch in town or perhaps a round of golf can make a big difference. When you return, you’ll have a fresh perspective and a more positive mind-set.
Farmers just can’t get enough
Generally, farmers are great at looking after equipment and livestock, but not as good when it comes to their own wellbeing. Recent research shows that:
- Nearly half of all farmers want advice about how to achieve better work-life balance.
- More than a third wanted to know about managing energy levels, tiredness and fatigue.
The recommended prescription for break time
We know that taking regular breaks (and getting the help required to achieve this) is an important part of running an enjoyable, sustainable farming business. Here’s what the health experts recommend you aim for:
- Some downtime in every day – it might be catching up with a mate in town, a great movie on TV, an hour with a good book or dinner out.
- At least one day off a week, more if possible – preferably off the property.
- One decent holiday break a year, or two if you can manage it.