Farming is no easy job. This wonderful and rewarding way of life can be dangerous and volatile at times, which can become draining over time. That is why it is important to take care of your mind, and take time out to rest regularly to prevent over-exhaustion.
Not only is rest necessary to protect your mental health, it is also important to take good care of your body. In a job that requires such physical exertion, rest is absolutely crucial.
“I don’t have time to rest” is often a response people have when being told to do so. The fact of the matter is that you need to make the time to rest, which can some time seem impossible due to the constant barrage of demands we each face every day.
Sometimes rest needs to take priority, whether it’s getting more sleep, having some time in the evening to put your feet up and watch TV, or having a quiet hour in the day to read a book, it’s time you need to look after yourself.
All too often, people feel guilty for resting, or feel as though they have more important things to do, but resting isn’t nothing. Resting is a requirement, it’s something that allows your mind and body to recharge and reset, giving you the capacity to continue in your career.
Mental health and your wellbeing is just as important as our physical health.
Although the industry is beginning to change in a positive way, with many farmers striving for a better work-life balance, the stigma of taking pride in not resting or taking time away from the farm still prevails.
Matthew Naylor once said in the Farmer’s Weekly: “Leave your farm every day, your village every week, your county every month and the UK every year. If you can’t do this, think about the balance in your life.” Remember this and keep it in your mind.
When you can, find a quiet space with little to no distractions, turn off your phone and switch off from the outside world. This is your time to breathe and relax.
Matthew Naylor quote: https://www.fwi.co.uk/farm-life/25-pieces-advice-25-year-old-farmers