Clemson Agricultural Safety

National Farm and Safety Week 2023 – Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

While many people on the outside of agriculture view the industry as a relaxing and uplifting occupation, many of those in the industry feel the opposite. Agricultural work can be taxing on both the body and the mind. It is important to always remember that overall health and wellness are important to consider when going through life as a part of the agricultural industry.

Below are some tips to ensure that your health and wellness are a top priority in your life.

Managing stress in an agricultural setting.
The agricultural industry can be rather stressful because much is out of your control. To help in stressful situations, consider taking time to step back and take deep breaths or connect with people in your support network. It is important to ensure that you have a strong support network that you can lean on in times of stress and discomfort. Also, always try to get a good night’s rest and remember to fuel your body with adequate nutrition.

Bodily health should be a priority.
While going to the doctor is not always the most fun thing to do, it can be important if you begin having trouble with your health. If you notice a decline in your stamina, normal body functions, and just overall pain, take time to seek medical help. Oftentimes, your agricultural operation is dependent on the health of your body. By keeping your body in the best condition possible, you can continue your work longer.

Utilize your resources around you.
In South Carolina, there are many resources to help promote health and wellness. Two of these resources include SC AgriWellness and SC AgrAbility. Both of these programs offer educational materials, training, and assistance for farmers and producers in South Carolina.

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