STRESS!

It’s a dirty little word, isn’t it? Stress!

And I’m going to use a phrase from another web site (Organize to revitalize) that I found interesting. Stress is like dust — it keeps coming back. So really, it is a dirty little word!

It’s everywhere in our lives. There’s personal stress and professional stress. But what about farmers and stress?

Think about it. They often have the combination of personal and professional stress. The professional stress is when they can’t get the crops planted like this spring or when it won’t quit raining and the harvest can’t be completed. Or something goes wrong with your prize milker or the entire flock of sheep aborts its spring crop of lambs.

The professional stress grows because farmers are dependent on the income from that harvest to pay bills. So that’s where the personal stress can come in, especially on the smaller operations.

Farm life is not as simple as some portray. It is full of stress at times. Whether it is business-related or even family stress brought on by working together on the farm, it’s there.

Some people like to go out dancing to relieve the stress. Others enjoy just getting into the tractor and working.

I like to go horseback riding or sometimes… And this is a secret… I will go to the farthest end of the pasture and scream when I’m really stressed out! I don’t know if it’s the exercise involved in walking there or the act of doing it, but it works!

Others can get some perspective and relax by talking to someone or even mumbling under their breath. The old adage of two farmers talking over the fenceline might be the best medicine for dealing with stress. Think about it — they are probably going through the same thing or can sympathize with your situation because they went through something similar.

What do you do to relieve stress in your life? Would you tell us how you relieve your stress in the comments below? I may use them in a future story!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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