National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Take time to try something new

When we are finding life tough, It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut and completely uninspired. You might not feel like you have much time to dedicate to a new hobby or skill, but it might just be the thing that gets your mental health back into the healthy zone.

Explore your options 

Many options have opened up for you to give something a go during the current situation, it could be an online course or an audio book, having a go at cooking something you have never tried or complete a project following a video tutorial.

Make it achievable  

Make sure it is something achievable and that the outcome is enjoyable. It may be an idea to take something on and challenge your friends to join in too, you will then have a small group of support and encouragement to help you reach your goal.

Be in the moment 

Learning something new helps us to focus our attention away from the current stresses and anxiety we might be experiencing. Being in the moment helps us ground our thoughts in the present and can help us to forget the worries we have about the future.

Self development has many benefits 

Fun, Learning and Achievement are core to the life of Young Farmers. Self- development is never wasted and could take you in direction you never imagined. It could even change your career or develop into a new business. Whether it is a small achievement or starting on a major learning curve, it will certainly help to keep your mental health healthy!

 

If you need urgent help

If you are struggling with your mental health right now, it is essential that you seek help. Talking to someone and explaining how you are feeling could be the first step to feeling better.

If you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed there are great online resources available to help you manage and improve your mental health.

Don’t suffer in silence with your mental health. There are people ready and willing to help you, to talk to you and to help you to understand what is going on for you right now.

If you feel that you are having a mental health crisis, emergency or breakdown, you need to seek immediate expert advice and assessment. You can call your GP, ring the Samaritans on 116 123 or the Farming Help number on 03000 111 999. You can also follow the links under the ‘Urgent Help’ section here.

 

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