31st Oct


Stress Management in Farming

Stress can be a large part of many people’s lives, but too often people simply try to live with it and, not often enough, talk about it.  There are lots of ways it can be managed, so the TFA has written this short blog to highlight warning signs, information about what stress actually is and suggest some coping mechanisms.

Mental health and self-care are important topics that need to be talked about more within the farming community.  Many of us no doubt have our own stories of struggles. Similarly, many of us can point to tales of neighbours or others we know of in the farming community who have been impacted by this issue.

Common stressors can include but are by no way limited to:

1) A major life event – death, accident, serious injury or illness to someone close

2) Chronic Strains – financial pressures, isolation, animal and crop disease, problems with farm machinery, succession, ongoing high workload or family issues

3) Daily Hassles – arguments, paperwork or machinery breakdown

4) Ambient Stressors – Bad weather, exposure to chemicals or excessive noise.

Stress is a negative reaction based on a flight or flight response.  It can lead to your body’s resources becoming drained which results in mental and physical health issues.  Stress can also cause problems concentrating and reduced alertness which can compromise your situation awareness.

A free booklet providing information on the warning signs of stress and coping mechanisms. stress management booklet can be downloaded herestress management booklet

Remember you are not alone, there are lots of resources available to help you.   Don’t forget, to contact us at the TFA on 0118 930 6130, for more advice on a matter which is worrying you about your farming business.

There are also other organisations here to help:

Yellow Wellies ‘Mind Your Head’ – visit

FCN Practical Support – 03000 111 999 (7am – 11pm daily)

R.A.B.I Welfare & Financial Help – 01865 724931 (weekdays 9am – 5pm)

Mind Advice and Support – 0300 1233393 (weekdays 9am – 6pm)

Samaritans – 116 123


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