Ahead of World Mental Health Day on Monday, IFA Farm Family & Social Affairs Chair Alice Doyle wants all farmers and farm families to make their mental wellness their priority.
“As the saying goes, your health is your wealth. In theory, people understand this. In reality, it can be more difficult, particularly when you are busy minding your family and running your farm, one can often overlook the importance of minding oneself,” Alice Doyle said.
She said these are stressful times for many farm families, with the rising cost of living and the increasing operating costs of farm businesses, particularly as we face into the winter months.
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“At times like these it’s so important we look after our physical and mental health and try to reduce the stress in our lives. Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. The two go hand in hand,” she said.
If you find your mood, your productivity, your relationships, or your quality of life impacted by stress, it is vital that you act. Persistent high levels of stress can increase the risk of developing mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
“Remember that tackling problems earlier on can help prevent them from escalating, so if you are concerned make an appointment with your GP or talk to a trusted friend,” she said.