Anxiety

casemx 270

Member
Location
East midlands
I have recently started a new job after being made redundant after 20 years at Christmas time .I have suffered from anxiety a couple of years ago when facing a serious health issue and was taking medication for this anyway just before starting my new job the GP suggested that I reduce my medication so I could come off the medication altogether but my new job is now starting to push my anxiety levels back up . Obviously I need to talk to the GP and increase my medication for a time to get through this and I do have access to people I can talk things through with . Anyone else felt like this or had similar experiences ? Thanks
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
You are not alone. Anxiety is a strange thing and I have struggled with it for years, both as an employee and also as self employed. Overthinking things in advance causes me to wind myself up more than I should. I can get so wound up about stuff like going spraying, trying to juggle the weather and timings that I get to the state where I can hardly face starting a days spraying because of a sort of dread of what can go wrong. It's stupid really and I am my own worst enemy. Things usually turn out better than expected or at least aren't a disaster so all that energy spent fretting is a total waste. I'm the same with the combine. Dread the start but when we are going I settle down. All I can suggest is do whatever you can to make the job as easy as you can and get other interests to take your mind off the job. Hopefully when this covid business is done we can all get out and about a bit more and think of other things than the job. Best of luck, and remember you aren't alone. Many of us have these kind of issues and a certain level of anxiety is only normal at times. I try to tell it to sod off nowadays when it starts creeping trying to spoil things.
 

casemx 270

Member
Location
East midlands
You are not alone. Anxiety is a strange thing and I have struggled with it for years, both as an employee and also as self employed. Overthinking things in advance causes me to wind myself up more than I should. I can get so wound up about stuff like going spraying, trying to juggle the weather and timings that I get to the state where I can hardly face starting a days spraying because of a sort of dread of what can go wrong. It's stupid really and I am my own worst enemy. Things usually turn out better than expected or at least aren't a disaster so all that energy spent fretting is a total waste. I'm the same with the combine. Dread the start but when we are going I settle down. All I can suggest is do whatever you can to make the job as easy as you can and get other interests to take your mind off the job. Hopefully when this covid business is done we can all get out and about a bit more and think of other things than the job. Best of luck, and remember you aren't alone. Many of us have these kind of issues and a certain level of anxiety is only normal at times. I try to tell it to sod off nowadays when it starts creeping trying to spoil things.
Many thanks for your reply talking about it really does help and acknowledging the problem helps also rather than trying to burying it
 

primmiemoo

Member
Location
Devon
If I were a horse, I'd be a stargazing weaver, and box gnawer, because I can wind up without much by way of stressful situations. It does help to talk to the GP, and it sounds as though yours is happy that your medication can be stopped. .
Have you talked about ways to help reduce anxiety flare ups afterwards? There are more ways nowadays than when I needed them.

If of help, this technique works for me:


I didn't think it would, but have been using it since it was on the radio most recently, and find it helps with regaining one's poise.
 

willy

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Rutland
I never realised it was anxiety until a light bulb moment about 5 years ago and I thought ahh that's what it is this hard to describe feeling.

Have to say I have also started having a cpap machine and this has done way more for me than pills, I didn't realise how bad my sleep apnoea was. So check if there is a cause behind it aswell.
 
You are not alone. Anxiety is a strange thing and I have struggled with it for years, both as an employee and also as self employed. Overthinking things in advance causes me to wind myself up more than I should. I can get so wound up about stuff like going spraying, trying to juggle the weather and timings that I get to the state where I can hardly face starting a days spraying because of a sort of dread of what can go wrong. It's stupid really and I am my own worst enemy. Things usually turn out better than expected or at least aren't a disaster so all that energy spent fretting is a total waste. I'm the same with the combine. Dread the start but when we are going I settle down. All I can suggest is do whatever you can to make the job as easy as you can and get other interests to take your mind off the job. Hopefully when this covid business is done we can all get out and about a bit more and think of other things than the job. Best of luck, and remember you aren't alone. Many of us have these kind of issues and a certain level of anxiety is only normal at times. I try to tell it to sod off nowadays when it starts creeping trying to spoil things.
Same here, I dread starting to plant potatoes, then actually enjoy it, and am sorry to see the last bed planted
 

GeorgeK

Member
Location
Leicestershire
I get anxious and like many it boils down to feeling like I'm not in control. I like the planning and preparation, the servicing, repairing and organising everything ready to go but hate it when the time comes to put it all to the test because even with a backup plan there's still a million things that can go wrong. We need stability to exist, a dependable supply of food, water and shelter but trying to reliably extract it from a chaotic and unpredictable world can sometimes seem like a daunting task. What helps me is exercise, healthy eating and breaking tasks down into smaller steps and doing one at a time.
 

primmiemoo

Member
Location
Devon
In my experience the more worked up you are about something the more actually goes wrong. You can't focus and think straight to do task in hand and make stupid mistakes. I hate my square baler. Waste far too much time worrying about it and catastrophising what's going to go wrong.

Just like when I'm driving to somewhere I don't know. End up exhausted by holding my breath in case anything goes wrong :wacky:
 
Just like when I'm driving to somewhere I don't know. End up exhausted by holding my breath in case anything goes wrong :wacky:
Thats what I can't understand about myself. I love going away in the cattle lorry and calling at maybe 12 farms before I have a load gathered up, and I would only know where maybe 3 of them are before I leave in the morning, and have to find the rest. Mind is a strange thing. But I suppose I know that the cattle will be delivered at some stage that evening and that's it over. For them and me lol
 

melted welly

Member
Location
DD9.
I have recently started a new job after being made redundant after 20 years at Christmas time .I have suffered from anxiety a couple of years ago when facing a serious health issue and was taking medication for this anyway just before starting my new job the GP suggested that I reduce my medication so I could come off the medication altogether but my new job is now starting to push my anxiety levels back up . Obviously I need to talk to the GP and increase my medication for a time to get through this and I do have access to people I can talk things through with . Anyone else felt like this or had similar experiences ? Thanks


Is it the doing of the work or the work relations that make you anxious?

Personal interactions are what wind me up.

I’d love to be one of these people who don’t care what others think, but can’t get there. The job is stressful, and hard, but can be broken down into bitesize pieces and no bad job lasts forever, everything comes right in the end if everyone is on the same team.

However, it’s the difficult workplace relationship dynamics that give me a knot in the stomach, keep me awake at night and wake me up at 4am. Always on edge expecting the next flair up, shouting match. Some folk seem to actively enjoy that sort of environment
 

casemx 270

Member
Location
East midlands
Is it the doing of the work or the work relations that make you anxious?

Personal interactions are what wind me up.

I’d love to be one of these people who don’t care what others think, but can’t get there. The job is stressful, and hard, but can be broken down into bitesize pieces and no bad job lasts forever, everything comes right in the end if everyone is on the same team.

However, it’s the difficult workplace relationship dynamics that give me a knot in the stomach, keep me awake at night and wake me up at 4am. Always on edge expecting the next flair up, shouting match. Some folk seem to actively enjoy that sort of environment
It's all about it being all new and the fear of the unknown and of course the possibility of worst case scenario
 

melted welly

Member
Location
DD9.
It's all about it being all new and the fear of the unknown and of course the possibility of worst case scenario

I’m a shy, nervous person by nature, don’t like crowds, or new things. Like others have said, it’s the over-thinking of worst case scenarios that’s the worst thing for me.

Can you look at the fact that this is a new situation as a positive? Meaning in that as it’s all new, it shouldn’t really be an issue asking questions if you’re unsure, I’d see it as diligence.
 

casemx 270

Member
Location
East midlands
I’m a shy, nervous person by nature, don’t like crowds, or new things. Like others have said, it’s the over-thinking of worst case scenarios that’s the worst thing for me.

Can you look at the fact that this is a new situation as a positive? Meaning in that as it’s all new, it shouldn’t really be an issue asking questions if you’re unsure, I’d see it as diligence.
Thanks I could try
 

Wellytrack

Member
Hate to say it but I don’t get anxious nor worked up about very much, I have a very placid nature that winds other people up because I remain calm. However that’s different from a built up ‘knowing stress’ the type that compounds and only comes from being over analytical and critical - this is me.

I don’t care what people think of me, but that’s a learned behaviour, I wasn’t always like that, I hate letting people down however even if it is outside of my control.

I used to envy those who just bounce from everyone and everything and nothing ever seems puts a dent in their mojo, I’ve come to realise though that these thorns that prickle us only hurt because we recognise the stimulus.
Those other people won’t critically reflect upon who they are because they are fearful of looking at who they really are.

Those who do are stronger for it.
 

primmiemoo

Member
Location
Devon
It's not just asking questions I could be working 60 miles away from another colleague

Is there a way that you can keep in touch with colleagues and your employer at set points in your working day? Being new, it isn't out of order to be in touch for guidance, or even to show all's ticking over nicely.

Pre-covid, when I had a regular off-farm job, I was often a distance away from my team colleagues, and farther still from our manager. We'd report in to the manager at least once half way as standard during our day to exchange information on progress, and update or ask for advice as and when conditions altered. Quick texts, nothing much more. Occasionally a photo when there wasn't time for typing.
We'd also compare notes on ease of completion of workload between us as a team on some jobs. It helped to know that some tasks were more difficult than they seemed, or when someone shared a work around when the tech threw wobblies.
 
Working in farming can be a very lonely profession as you are isolated from people for long periods of time. The right group of work mates can make all the difference, I can tell you. Working in a very stressful environment with flair ups and shouting matches and actual violence can be very challenging but what makes all this manageable is the team I work with when I do it.
 

Chae1

Member
Location
Aberdeenshire
Working in farming can be a very lonely profession as you are isolated from people for long periods of time. The right group of work mates can make all the difference, I can tell you. Working in a very stressful environment with flair ups and shouting matches and actual violence can be very challenging but what makes all this manageable is the team I work with when I do it.
Jeez where do you work? Sounds wild!
 

Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

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Speculative coverage on the gene editing consultation response

Written by Defra Press Office

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There has been coverage today in the I and the Guardian, reporting on speculation around the upcoming government response to the recent Gene Editing consultation, which closed on 17th March.

A full government response, which will include a thorough analysis and summary of the responses to the consultation and which will set out our next steps, will be published in due course.

Gene editing has the ability to harness the genetic resources that mother nature has provided, such as breeding...
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