Taking Care of You: Self Care on the Farm

If you think you’ve been hearing more about self-care now, you’re right. According to Google Trends, the number of searches for “self-care” has more than doubled since 2015. The well-being of farmers is key to a healthy agricultural sector and community. Yet, current research has found that those of us within the ag industry are facing high amounts of stress and anxiety, depression symptoms, and mental health challenges.
Fundamentally, self-care means taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy, you can be well, you can do your job, you can help and care for others, and you can do all the things you need to and want to accomplish in a day.

Types of Self-Care

  • Physical self-care, such as prioritizing sleep, mindful movement or exercise, and choosing healthy and nourishing foods
  • Emotional self-care, such as positive self-talk, hot showers, saying “no” to things that cause unnecessary stress, giving yourself permission to take a pause, enjoying an activity or hobby in peace, or setting up a weekly coffee with a friend or neighbour.
  • Spiritual self-care, such as attending a religious service, spending time in nature, meditating or breathing exercises, incorporating regular acts of kindness into your day, or keeping a gratitude journal.

If you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness, depression, anxiety or mental health, there are ways to get help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: 988
If texting is preferred, text HOME to 741741
Learn more about the Lifeline & 988