Some simple things that may be able to help when the stress levels are high include
- Keeping to a routine as much as possible
- Writing a list - sometimes the short term memory isn’t as productive when the mind is focused elsewhere
- Allowing a little longer to do tasks
- Breaking things down to step by step - not doing too many things at once
- Eating simple good food often throughout the day
- Drinking water often
- Getting outside independent advice if considering making major decisions
- Keeping in touch with those independent of the situation – outside views can be helpful to keep things in perspective
- Spending a little time each day doing something that makes you happy – whether it be patting the dog, watering your favourite plant, playing with your children or having a chat with a friend
If you (or someone you know) don’t think you can go through what you are, on your own, maybe you could talk to a friend, family member or colleague who could help you get the help and support you need.
There are many support services available in the region.
Free counselling is available in the Dumbleyung / Kukerin district and surrounds. Sally Dickinson from Southern Agcare is available to see clients in the Wagin and Dumbleyung areas on Tuesdays and Lake Grace and Dumbleyung areas on Thursdays. She can be contacted on 0427 192 155 and will return calls as soon as possible.
Ex farmer Bill Webb is another counsellor available and be contacted on 0427 441 459.
Rural Community Support Service has counsellors available for free sessions in Narrogin or Wagin and can be contacted on 9881 3939 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are some great online resources such as Headspace and beyondblue www.beyondblue.org.au
And for the younger ones (for 5 to 25 year olds) the Kids Help Line has free confidential telephone counselling services on 1800 55 1800.
Lifeline 13 11 14 is not just for those who need assistance, but also for those helping others so can be used as a resource for hints and tips and to help with the question – where to from here.
Remember - a genuine smile goes a long way.