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#017: How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety on the Farm

When was the last time you had a few hours to yourself? Alone. Quiet. Without interruptions?

You’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking… yeah, right… that doesn’t happen.

Stress. Burnout. Overwhelm. Ready to quit.

Ring a bell?

It gets to all of us. We’re constantly running around and working ourselves to the bone.

Farmers are no exception to the burnout rule. In fact, I think we invented it. 

It’s not healthy to live this way and the overwhelm, burnout and constant state of stress can lead to serious health problems if you’re not careful.

In today’s episode of the Profitable Mindset, I’ll be sharing my top way on How to Reduce Stress and Anxiety on the Farm.

I’ll share my self-care plan on how you can manage your stress and eliminate anxiety so you can run a successful profitable farm with ease.

It takes practice (like everything else I teach), but I know it’s possible when you make self-care a priority.

If you’re looking for extra support on reducing overwhelm and avoiding burnout, please go to www.3cowmarketing.com/workwithme to book a 1:1 coaching session.

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  • Pamela Cornelius February 16, 2017, 10:23 pm

    Hi Charlotte, how did you know how I was feeling.. Lol.. Even though I love what I do I am feeling burnt out for sure. After 6 year’s of milking cow’s I have been feeling I just can’t do it anymore. With your inspiration maybe hiring help is the answer. My husband has his own company and is so busy he is not able to help me. Seems I am spread so thin. Always something that needs attention.. I am going to start taking Sunday’s to just do basic chores and relax ..Thanks as always for your inspiration.. Your awesome.. ❤

    • Charlotte February 17, 2017, 9:29 pm

      Oh Pam I’m glad it resonated with you… sorry you’re burning out!! Hopefully you can try some of these things. Hiring help was the first thing I had to do. I hope you can make a change soon — let me know how it goes. Take care. xo Charlotte

  • Lori February 19, 2017, 11:13 am

    I’m taking notes! After being a stay at home mom for the last 10 years and handling pretty much everything at home, I will be starting a farm that will be more than a full time job. It will be a major shift for my family, so I’m doing my best to make the transition as smooth as possibly (but I still expect things to get pretty hairy!). The idea of making my prices high enough so I can hire help is really speaking to me. I already know I cannot do it all on my own. Also, love the suggestions to schedule self care FIRST. Yes, it is vitally important. Amazing how even praying or meditating for 5 minutes before I jump into the day can totally change my mindset and fill me with peace. And having something to look forward to, such as a date night out or meeting friends for coffee to reconnect….so important! Thanks for sharing these great ideas. Just what I needed to hear. 😉

  • Kirstin Reeder February 21, 2017, 11:18 pm

    This is PRECISELY the reason I started my bookkeeping business…to help relieve farmers’ stress and to take one duty off their shoulders.

  • Kristi February 23, 2018, 10:41 am

    Good article – I was reading for my husband’s benefit as I feel like he’s on the border of throwing in the towel after feeling overworked and exhausted. What is your second job, may I ask? Thanks again for sharing.

  • Linda July 31, 2018, 5:54 am

    To funny. I know all this but never put it down so accurately nor have I ever been disciplined enough to do it! I recently started to hire a local and very responsible high school student with a great work attitude to come clean my house once a week. I can not tell you how much that has changed my “burn-out”! Just coming into a house that is clean when I am finished with my chores or if someone unexpectedly shows up I don’t have to worry about my bathroom state is priceless! I have found that it is so worth it I am not even missing the price of her services. Just as a tickler- In hiring a trainable young person I am not paying the higher prices of a maid service. I agree you have to pay above minimum wage because if you want quality you need to do so. And living in the country it is hard for those young folks to get a decent job.

    • Charlotte July 31, 2018, 7:23 am

      Yay, so happy you hired someone to clean your house!! This is a huge relief to many women. It’s so true, coming home to a clean house after working all day is truly life changing.

      Just like coming home from working all day to face dirty floors and toilets is… depressing to say the least.

      Thank you for sharing and inspiring all of us!!

      —Charlotte

  • Cindy D. Jeffrey July 31, 2018, 6:15 am

    All of them. But strict schedules first. Self care. I’m tired and have zero energy. Love what I do love my cows. Just trying to get started on herd shares. Waiting on contact. Excited but depressed at same time. Going from milking 40 cows and selling conventional to 10 cows on herd shares is very stressful yet. Liberating

    • Charlotte July 31, 2018, 7:15 am

      Ah, Cindy, thank you for sharing this. Hang in there. Waiting on contract, you mean? For herd shares? Let me know how I can help! Going from 40 to 10 cows direct to consumer sounds liberating- keep up that good attitude. I hope you can get some help and get a break. Thanks for being here 🙂

      -Charlotte

  • Penny July 31, 2018, 11:03 am

    Good points to keep reminding ourselves! My husband (works full time off farm) and I have run a small farm for the last 25 years while raising 9 children. They have all graduated now, but some help with big jobs like haying and worming the flock/herd. This past school year was the first time in 37 years I was home alone during the day and I loved it! I’m excited for the upcoming year!
    My sanity-keeping practices:
    1) Chain up the gate at the end of the driveway all day Sundays, and don’t answer when cars out there honk.
    2) Take a “nap” after lunch–I may not fall asleep but it gives me time to gather my soul together. That means lying down fully horizontal–I seem to need that to get the blood from the feet back to the brain!
    3) Only milk once a day. We milk goats, and the goat kids are an important component of income. We practice the “busy-homeschool mom” method–milk in the morning, turn the kids and does out in the field together, separate them at dusk. No bottle feeding, and the kids are much happier and healthier. Once the kids are sold, the doe is still milked only once a day. She adjusts.
    4) Take winters off from milking. Christmas Eve is the last day we milk; kids are born in March (in the ideal plan, lol) Our customers know this ahead of time. Some will freeze extra milk for winter, others buy that awful stuff in the store. Save yourself a lot of grief not fighting winter.

  • Natalie Hahn August 6, 2018, 8:24 pm

    Getting out and off the farm, visiting friends, is refreshing for me,. Exersice, and reading. The hiring is a problem for us as at this point is Hiring more is not feasible right now. We rising prices this year as minium wage went up $2.50. picking and choosing the must important job is challenging fore as well. Thanks for your thoughts.

    • Charlotte August 7, 2018, 2:34 pm

      You are so welcome, and thank you for your thoughts as well. I appreciate your challenges. Hang in there!

      Charlotte

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