Farming life is amazing and challenging, rewarding and hard, exciting and exhausting - and all the things.
Like you, we love our life on the land, but we know just how much we (and our relationships, farm, and business) benefit when we take steps to look after ourselves.
In this community you will:
This community is just beginning. It's a place where you will be connected with others who are also learning to navigate the juggle of farming life. Together, we will learn and apply psychological tools and strategies to help us stay on track, even during tough times. We will remind each other and stay accountable to practice moving towards what really matters most to us - even during tough times.
The ACT for Ag community was founded by Steph Schmidt, a psychologist, farmer, wife, and mum - and above all, just a human being, trying to do her best in a tricky world. After winning the 2020 SA AgriFuture's Rural Women's Award, Steph developed the ACT for Ag program and toolkit - focusing on combining her lived experience of farming life and her knowledge as a psychologist - to bring simple, psychological strategies to rural people. In 2021, Steph was awarded the Safework SA Augusta Zadow Award, to help her develop the ACT for Ag program into a community of rural women and men who want to do better - for themselves, their relationships, and their farms.
ACT stands for Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or training). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a science-backed approach to behaviour change which helps us to build psychological flexibility.
In a nutshell...Psychological flexibility helps us to adapt to challenging situations, unhook from tricky stories in our minds, and choose to do what matters most to us, even during tough times.
Psychological flexibility has been shown to be beneficial in every area of life. People who are more psychologically flexible tend to:
Managing relationships, children, work, and business pressures. In farming, we face many challenges outside of our control – unpredictable weather, uncertainty in income, and expenses with changing prices for both our inputs and income. Every day we navigate the choices we make. When we are stuck on autopilot it can feel like much of life is out of our control, like life is happening to us, rather than by us. By building skills in psychological flexibility you can get back control over the choices you make, and the actions you take.
Take a deeper dive and join us in Navigate for Her. The space for Rural women struggling with the juggle of farm, family, and life to connect with other like-minded women.
In joining Navigate for Her, you will join other rural women who want to find the joy in the little moments, who want to let go of the struggle and embrace the juggle, who want to strengthen themselves so that they can find joy, calm and beauty even during times of stress and chaos on the farm.
You are welcome to come inside, connect with us and share a cuppa.
In the open and free ACT for Ag Community you will find:
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