Farm life balance

Farm life balance

When I gave up my ‘desk job’ I immediately thought that my new life is going to no doubt, be healthier. All that fresh air and running around the countryside – compared to commuting and sitting down all day. Of course, I was right, my life is alot more active that it used to be. Sure, I used to go to the gym each week, but nothing really compares to a career where you are physically ‘on-the-go’ all the time. What I neglected to think about was that ‘healthy’ spans alot wider than just physical wellbeing.

Getting through this year to date has been a struggle. Enduring devastating news at the end of last year teamed with less than ideal farming conditions have not made for a good few months. I’d say I’ve always been a quite sunny person – I’ve been lucky enough to never suffer with depression or any other awful mental illnesses. That being said, I have had to work a hell of alot harder on my own personal happiness over the past few months, weeks, days and I’d like to share whats helped.

Podcasts.

I listen to them when I’m feeding lambs and sorting out the barn – or last thing at night in the bath. Faves include:

Fearne Cotton ‘Happy Place’

Jessie Ware ‘Table Manners’

Dolly Alderton & Pandora Sykes ‘The High Low’

Dolly Alderton ‘Love Stories’ 

Cariad Lloyd ‘Griefcast’

Adam Buxton ‘Adam Buxton Podcast’

Radio 4 with Kirsty Young ‘Desert Island Discs’ 

Writing down everything that is worrying me at night.

I suppose it kind of acts like a to do list for the following day too. I usually split it out into different areas (ie. Farm stuff, Admin, House etc).

Walking the dogs before dinner.

Even if they have all been out all day and don’t need a walk – just taking the time to make the most of the fields where we live.

Setting goals each day.

Not even massive ones, for example – clearing an area of the house (like a cupboard).

Trying to ban myself from looking at my phone in bed.

This is a toughy, but I really am going to try and stick to it.

Drinking more water and adding stuff to my diet rather than ‘taking away’.

Like basically saying to myself – you can eat anything you want – as long as you a certain amount of fruit and veg.

Being grateful.

Taking the time each day to list out in my mind what I am grateful for.

Remembering that ‘everything is fixable’.

And to trying not to get too stressed out if something is going wrong.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and you find it useful – if you have anything that helps you stay cheerful, feel free to let me know, I would love to hear from you as usual!

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2 Comments

  1. Chelsey
    23rd May 2018 / 3:21 am

    Try writing down positive affirmations either first thing in the morning or when you’re doing you “brain dump” to do list at night. Even though it seems/feels really new age or hippie, I’ve found it to be super helpful in staying positive!

  2. 3rd October 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I love the idea of adding to a diet rather than taking away! Filling up with goodness so you have no time for the badness. I’m going to take this away.

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