National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Take time to take a break

When we push ourselves to the limit, the risk of reaching a point of burnout is very real. The signs of physical or emotional exhaustion, lack of purpose and motivation are all indications that need to be taken seriously and dealt with immediately. The physical and mental strains that people will be experiencing during times like these can have long-lasting and damaging effects.

With the adjustments we are all having to make there is an increased risk of being pulled in many different directions as we try to soak up the pressures and demands of what a ‘new normal’ looks like to us. Work life has changed, family life has changed and our social life along with it. We can’t expect to adjust easily to all of these changes, so we need to recognise that something must give occasionally.

With so much of life changing at once, plus having endless things we need to complete, the pressures easily mount up. These could be family responsibilities; work demands or school and college work. Even the pressures we put on ourselves can be too much sometimes, driven by our own desires to not let people down.

Take time off when needed 

We need to make sure that we give ourselves a break and take the time off that we need when we need it. Working excessive hours, trying to cope with too many projects or being permanently attached to the computer and phone won’t make us more productive in the long-term, it will lead to burnout if we don’t take rest seriously. 

Keep things simple 

Make sure that when you do stop, you keep things simple and aim to do less, not more. The break is a chance for you to recharge both physically and mentally, so keep that in mind when you plan the day. But don’t wait just for the weekend or the planned holiday time, make regular daily breaks the norm, whether that is an extended lunchtime or a planned time to finish work and stick to it. Investing regular time into rest pays you back in the long term and keeps your mental health…healthy!

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Take a mental health day 

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. 


Take TimeTake time to keep connectedTake time to observeTake time to keep activeTake time for youTake time to help othersTake time for a breakTake time to try something newUrgent help


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