Farmers’ Health 30th March 2014
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Evaporation 17th to 30th March 2-6,2,2,2,4,3,2,3,2,4,2-6,2-6,3,2-6
The thought crossed my mind that we farmers spend a lot of time thinking about the health of our soils, the health of our crops, the health of our stock. I don’t recall having many discussions about the health of our workers or indeed our own health. I think the closest I have come to the health of our workers was the late Dr Kay Carruthers who used to de-worm her staff regularly. There is obviously far more to it than that!
But what I had in mind is our own health. We are, after all, the key person in our business, shouldering most of the responsibility and stress. We ought to pay attention to our own well-being. Obviously exercise is essential but there is exercise and there is exercise. I believe beating the hell out of a ball (any ball) is much better than jogging or even cycling. (With jogging or cycling one’s mind can still be on the treadmill of worrying about the problems of the farm. So, if one must cycle, cycle with a friend and don’t talk farming!).
Another important tool is to stay away from negative thoughts. Some of the “Power of Positive Thinking” research has just been debunked but the general principle that positive thoughts are better for you than negative still holds true. Negative thinking is a bad habit – a habit that we should try and quit.
Finally, I believe we should all make time to smell the flowers – or at least to genuinely relax and unwind.
I know that this isn’t a complete list (and I don’t practice what I preach) but I do hope that this will prompt us to give some thought to our own health AND to the health of our workers.