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5 tips to recognize and deal with farm stress

With low prices affecting most grain and livestock operations, it’s easy to find yourself financially stressed. But stress doesn’t end with finances — it carries over into your personal life, affecting your mind and body, your family and your friends and co-workers.
Here are some tips from experts about how you can manage the financial and health aspects of stress.

Symptoms of stress
There are many symptoms that could be stress-related. They include physical signs such as headaches, lingering fatigue, disrupted sleep patterns, and more frequent illness. Mental indicators of stress include anxiety, depression, and trouble relating to others.

Manage stress
The action you should take depends on your level of stress. Take action on one small piece of the problem. Do what you can manage now, without trying to do everything at once.

Ask for help from family, friends or community resources, including counselors.

Do something for you
Do some physical exercise and make personal health a priority. Protect your physical health by eating well and avoiding alcohol and drugs. Do something enjoyable each day.

4 Find support
Work on accepting change as a natural part of life. But be aware of ongoing changes that contribute to stress, and postpone new commitments if they will add stress.

Increase the time spent with supportive family and friends, who are important buffers in times of stress. Communicate with loved ones by listening and expressing appreciation.

Help others with stress
If you’re working with a stressed co-worker, take time to listen. Stressed individuals should not be rushed. By listening, you show that you care. Ask questions so you can understand the person’s problem, and so the stressed person can explain the issue.

(Source – https://www.farmanddairy.com/top-stories/5-tips-to-recognize-and-deal-with-farm-stress/392920.html)

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