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.

Identify:

  • 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

Breathe

At a slow pace, breathe from your waist, in breath for 4 sec, out breath for 6 sec. Do this for 3 – 5 minuets

Reach out

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.

Crisis Lines

Crisis Services Canada: 1 (833) 456-4566
Website: www.crisisservicescanada.ca

ConnexOntario: 1 (866) 531-2600
Website: www.connexontario.ca

Video Playlist

Articles

Mental Health and Farming
An Op-Ed from Ernie Hardeman, Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Five simple ways to boost serotonin
FCC: Serotonin, sometimes known as the happiness chemical, is a neurotransmitter belived to help regulate mood, sleep, memory and more.

Rooted in Strength
FCC: Taking care of our families and ourselves.

Tips & Tricks

My Health Dashboard

A guide to beating burnout

What’s your stress index?

Ways to dial down stress

Helpful Websites

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

Read more in Ontario Grain Farmer

Continuing the conversation: Ontario farmers open up about mental health issues
February 2018 2017 was a difficult production year for farmers across Canada. Unpredictable weather was an enormous source of stress for growers; this, paired with ongoing concerns about insect, disease, and weed pressures and government regulations — many farmers experienced stress like never before. Read more.

Seasonal stress: New initiatives to help farmers cope
September 2018 It’s November. It’s been a wet fall, resulting in wet, muddy fields. It’s sunny today, drying the ground up just enough to maybe get a combine in the fields. Read more.