The ability to deal with conflict is a rare skill. Humans are hardwired at birth for fight or flight that defaults to passive or aggressive behaviors. The ability to communicate through that conflict is a vital skill that even the best communicators can continually hone. Personally, I am far better …

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Tis’ the season! The time of year when so many talk about their new year’s resolutions. For some, it excites them. They envision a new and better future for themselves and their operations. But for some, it is a time spent dwelling on what went wrong and the challenges that …

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year… The holiday season is upon us and with it comes many wonderful moments as well as busyness, high expectations we put on ourselves and gathering with family and friends. There are inevitably times where it is all just a little much.  Our …

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Have you had those nights where your body has been physically exhausted, but sleep escapes you? It might be worries about the market, the crops, the health of your livestock, or it may be random racing thoughts that have no tangible value but keep you awake. Sleep problems can include …

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Many years ago, I went through a very difficult work experience and a colleague approached me, recognizing that I was struggling with my mental health. At first, I wanted to deny the struggle I was going through and worked harder at hiding it. The shame I felt made me want …

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I’ve always been preferential to cats. Which is a good thing, considering how they seem to just show up at your door when you live in the country. We call her Snowy because we don’t know what she called herself before she adopted us. This morning, I found her curled …

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If I come out and say whatever you do in the next minute, do not think about a white elephant, most of us will immediately think of a white elephant. The more we try not to think about something the higher probability that we will think about it (Winnerman, 2011). …

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Have you ever been told ‘it could be worse’ when talking about a problem you’re dealing with personally or on the farm? Sometimes it can feel like people are critical, judgmental, or just don’t get it. This can cause us to withdraw and isolate, which means we don’t get the …

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Nourishing your brain is essential for the mental health of farmers. The brain requires energy (from food!), proper hydration and a variety of nutrients to function at its best. When your brain is nourished, you are better able to manage mood, focus and decision-making. Nutrition can enhance your resiliency when …

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Have you ever felt ‘blah,’ neither good nor bad, just lacking in passion and motivation? Then you might have experienced something called languishing. Imagine that mental wellness exists on a spectrum: on one end is the state of ‘flourishing or thriving,’ the middle is ‘doing a-okay’ followed by languishing, and …

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As the month of April is now upon us and May is fast approaching, we can start to feel the pressures of getting everything prepped and itching to get in the fields to prepare for planting. May is seen as one of the busiest months of the year for farmers. …

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The myths we perpetuate in the world of agriculture come from a place of good intentions, but often lead to actions that can be damaging for our mental health. In this blog post we would like to tackle some of the myths that are prevalent in agriculture.  The farm comes …

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The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘informed’ as ‘to have or possess knowledge, to be educated, or knowledgeable’. Some synonyms of ‘informed’ are enlightened and illuminated. In the medical field ‘informed’ is often paired with ‘consent’ – which is considered to mean that someone has all of the information and knowledge to …

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As we enter the new year and recover from the holidays, I’m recognizing the value of bothconsistency and change in children’s lives. Although the kids love the holidays, it is also a periodof dysregulation. All their schedules were disrupted, and they weren’t eating all the “right”things. This is all ok! …

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The season of Christmas is traditionally a time filled with joy, gatherings, gifts and celebrations.  However, when you are in a season of grief this can, understandably, be a very difficult season.  The most well-known form of grief is the one we talk about when we refer to having lost …

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Farmers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. They have endless stresses and pressures and are often navigating things not in their control like commodity prices, the weather, and livestock health. We also deal with other life challenges like losses and grief, changes and transitions, and parenting and …

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If you’ve ever been told that you “can’t open the dill pickles yet – they won’t be ready”, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Sometimes, there are different levels of “readiness”. Of course, you could open the dill pickles – it’s just that they won’t be at their best. They’ll …

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As we near the end of summer, big things are starting to happen. Between local county fairs, making hay, kids starting school and preparing for harvest season– life is about to get pretty busy. It is no secret during this time of year we prioritize what needs to happen versus …

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Our Story In 1995 we (Al & Diane) began farming, full of hope and ambition after a rewarding stint in the Canadian Air Force. Landing on the farm that was situated neatly between the farms of both of our parents in Shetland Ontario, we were able to get a healthy …

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In the hours and days when it’s dry enough, between the periods of rain that have seemed more frequent and of longer duration than last year, i weed and till my garden plot and try to get beans and lettuces and cucumbers planted. Over coffee breaks at work, my colleagues …

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Imagine that your home and farm— the essence of your work and family– were all destroyed by a tornado. This was the reality that Rebecca Simon and her family faced and had to find their way through. They are not alone, countless farmers have had to overcome devastating losses, injuries, …

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Where to Turn? Farming is hard. We have no control over the weather, no control over our input costs, and little control over the final price received. Sometimes our industriousness is lost on those that utilize the products we determinedly and diligently produce. Farmers are more likely to experience chronic …

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Happy Family Day! We hope you have a chance to spend some quality time together. Here are ten ideas to inspire you:1. Go for a family walk or hike2. Go skating, skiing or snowshoeing 3. Play board games together 4. Visit a local art gallery or museum5. Cook or bake something together6. Go swimming7. Have a craft night8. Head to the library and pick out books to read together9. Build something with Lego 10. Start your garden seeds ... See MoreSee Less
Carissa Weber, MA, LPC, CSACLicensed Professional CounselorAreas Served: Wisconsin, USA-approach is to create a partnership with you, where you’ll work together to identify your needs and make progress toward the goals that you set for yourself. -treatment modalities used in treatment sessions include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and narrative therapies.-office is 100% virtual to better serve individuals living in rural areas-is one of our U.S.A. based therapistsIf you would like to connect with one of our ag informed therapists, follow the 'Contact Us' link in our bio.#nfmhaaffiliate #arttherapy #aginformedtherapist #mentalhealtheducation #knowledgeispower#nfmha #nfmhalliance #mentalhealthjourney #bepatientwithyourself#farmermentalhealth #farmerwellness #farmstrong #farmcommunity #agmentalhealth #agletstalk🥬 #agmorethanever #farmersofinstagram #ruralrooted #ruralwellbeing #therapistsofinstagram #socialworkersofinstagram #supportoneanother ... See MoreSee Less
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