Managing Stress


(NOTE: This post was originally published in the 2017- 2018 Fall/Winter Ag Newsletter from Greg Blonde, Waupaca County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent.)

It’s important to recognize that it’s impossible (in any job) to totally eliminate stress, but managing stress successfully is a realistic goal.

Here’s a few key points:

  • Eat right.
  • Drink plenty of water  .
  • Regular physical activity to elevate your heart rate.
  • Maintain regular sleep habits.
  • Make time to talk with family, friends & employees.
  •  Keep your sense of humor.
  • Avoid unhealthy habits (tobacco, drugs & alcohol).

For more information on Farm Stress download “Farm Stress & Decision Making During Challenging Times” by John Shutske, Extension Specialist, UW Madison, go to


Bonus Tips from the Rural Health Initiative
  • Eat 7 or more servings of fruit and veggies in a variety of colors every day, whole grains, and lean meat.
  • Drink at least 8 glasses a day of water a day. 
  • Laughter is healing. Engage in activities that will increase laughter.
  • Schedule (and keep) annual preventive health screenings.
Preventive health screenings can put your mind at ease. 


When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked?

What about your blood glucose or triglycerides?

Do you know how these things can affect your overall health?

If you or someone you know is interested in a complimentary health screening, the Rural Health Initiative can help. We travel directly to farms and agribussinesses and provide immediate and confidential results. To learn more about what types of things we can help you with, visit