Harvest is here again and with the challenges the weather has thrown our way we may be in for a challenging fall. Grain Farmers of Ontario wants you to remember that you are not alone and that there are ways to manage during tough times. Below are some resources to help you if you or someone you know is struggling this harvest or anytime through the year.
Techniques for dealing with stress
Grounding Exercise to ease anxiety
Take a deep breath and focus for a moment on what is around you.
- 5 things you can see
- 4 things you can feel
- 3 things you can hear
- 2 things you can smell
- 1 think you can taste
This will help you feel present in your surroundings and reduce your anxiety in the moment.
List at least 5 things that you appreciate that happened today.
Our brain’s negativity bias makes it easy to recall today’s hassles. Balance that out by remembering some of the things that you are grateful you experienced today
At a slow pace, breathe from your waist, in breath for 4 sec, out breath for 6 sec. Do this for 3 – 5 minuets
When you feel stress or are overwhelmed reach out to a close friend or family member. This can give you a fresh perspective and help you to bring your stress level down in that moment.
Tune in to your body
Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it. Lie on your back or sit with your feet on the floor. Start at your toes and work your way up to your scalp, noticing how your body feels. Try to relax each part of your body
Download: Stress Management
A resource for stress management developed by Grain Farmers of Ontario for our farmer-members.
Farmer Wellness Webinars
Are you having troubles sleeping? Follow along with this webinar for tips and tricks on how to improve your sleeping habits.
GrainTALK Episode 14: Kathy Somers
Listen to Episode 14 of the GrainTALK podcast, which features Kathy Somers of the Stress Management and High Performance Clinic in Guelph, ON.
Mental Health and Farming
An Op-Ed from Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
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FCC: Rooted in Strength
Mental Health Resources to take care of our families and ourselves.
The Do More Ag Foundation
Help us Champion the mental well being of all Canadian producers
Kathy Somers’ Selfregulationskills.ca
Stress Managment and High Performance Clinic