Farming is tough work. It is tough on both the body and can take a toll on the mind. Farmer’s are faced with many obstacles – weather extremes, timelines, financial stresses, pests in our fields, the list goes on. Sometimes, days can turn into nights on the job to ensure success and profitable outcomes for the farm.
Why is this so important? Farming is a very challenging profession at the best of times, but farming during a pandemic presents a whole new gamet of issues and roadblocks. Taking time to ensure you are able to tackle your endless to-do list is important.
5 things that can help you relax and destress during these unprecedented times:
- Exercise really does prompt your body to release feel-good hormones. These hormones can help you to feel less stressed. Stress can also make you subconsciously tense your muscles and exercise can help to release them. Don’t feel like you have to do a full workout at the gym – 10 jumping jacks or a quick walk up and down the field can do the trick!
- Talk to Someone. This can be a friend, colleague, neighbour, etc.. You can utilize these chats to discuss a problem you might be facing, a quick laugh, or just as a break from the task at hand. Taking a minute to find joy in a simple conversation can change the outlook for the remainder of the day.
- Listen to Relaxing Music. Take the time to create an awesome playlist of relaxing tunes, motivating songs, or songs that bring happy memories. The right music has the power to take away all your worries.
- Stay Present and Show Gratitude. Taking a few moments each morning or evening to write down what you are most thankful for will help ease the mind and keep it present. By focusing on the present the worries about the past and future will begin to slip away.
- Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility. Slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles, while holding a pose can build strength. Click here for some great yoga for manual labour.
How are you staying safe and relaxed during Covid-19?
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Wishing you a relaxing Winter that is both productive and safe!