Take time to manage stress

Posted on 30/03/2015 · Posted in Uncategorized

Stress is not the problem, it’s the lack of recovery.

This was the key message delivered to Wheatbelt farmers by Mark McKeon, a leading work-life balance speaker who has been touring the state in partnership with Partners in Grain and WA’s Grower Group Alliance.

Speaking at eight regional events about the importance of developing and maintaining a good work-life balance, Mark encouraged growers to take the time to recover from the stress of peak periods such as seeding and harvest.

As Mark explains resilience is not about not letting things affect you, it’s the ability to bounce back after something knocks you out of shape.

Mark’s strategy of breaking your life down into go zones, slow zones and no zones gives your body time to overcome stress but also gives a structure for productive work periods.

Agriculture is an extremely intensive business, with many on farm activities being time critical. Mark discussed how to create more time, with his basic strategy to self-invest and achieve more.

Not only did growers gain from Mark’s insight but he also gained something from his audience.

“You have to love where you live and I’ve been amazed by how much the WA farmers I’ve met on this tour really do. It’s fantastic”, said Mark.

Mark McKeon’s Go Zone tour of WA was funded by Partners in Grain WA, The WA Grower Group Alliance and localised sponsors.


Image: Rebecca Wallis – WA Grower Group Alliance, Mark McKeon, Erin Green – WA Coordinator Partners in Graingo zone mullewa wa