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Cultivating Gratitude on the Farm

Cultivating Gratitude on the Farm

Gratitude can be a powerful tool for resilience in the face of uncertainty and stressful situations. Uncertainty, fear, isolation, and weather and economic factors on the farm are some examples that can have a significant strain on our mental health. Meanwhile, the...

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Five Ways to Beat the Winter Funk

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Funk

Wet shoes, cold hands, fogged-up glasses, freezing temperatures, wind chills and dark days. You may find as the temperature drops with shortened days during the winter, so does our mood. Canadian winters are tough and can bring extra challenges for farmers and those...

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Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth

Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth

Productivity Doesn’t Define Your Worth. Although our societal and cultural norms focus on to-do lists and being busy equates to being productive and provides happiness, this assumption can lead to devastating impacts on our mental health and self-worth. We’ve learned...

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Why Can’t You “Just Get Over” a Mental Health Condition?

Why Can’t You “Just Get Over” a Mental Health Condition?

Why Can't You “Just Get Over” a Mental Health Condition? “Can’t you stop being so lazy?” “Why don’t you quit worrying?” “Just be happy already.” “Change your thinking.” “Can’t you just get over it?” When you or someone you know suffers from a mental health injury or...

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Setting and Maintaining Boundaries for Your Mental Health

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries for Your Mental Health

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries for Your Mental Health Our personal boundaries aren’t as obvious as some of the boundaries we have on the farm, like a tree line protecting the farm from the wind, a fence keeping livestock in, or a “no trespassing” sign at an...

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How to Help Someone Struggling With Their Mental Health

How to Help Someone Struggling With Their Mental Health

How to Help Someone Struggling With Their Mental Health It can be hard to see someone go through a hard time, and even harder when you are unsure of how to help them. We want to reach out, but worried we will say or do the wrong thing. So we tend to steer in the...

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You are stronger than you know

You are stronger than you know

You are stronger than you know When I was about 7, I stepped on a nail while I was running outside. Wearing sandals, my foot didn’t stand a chance and the nail went right through it. I screamed and my dad came over, picked me up, carried me to his truck and held my...

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Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons

Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons

Minding Your Mental Health During the Busy Seasons Farming can be both a rewarding and demanding occupation where farmers experience highs and lows and mounting stress. Everyone feels stress and there can be lots of negative stress on the farm, including ongoing...

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I’m Lesley

My hope is by telling my farm story, I can help bridge the gap between those involved and not involved in agriculture as we both can learn from one another. Connect with me or follow me on social to learn more about agriculture and our farm.

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