Spring is Here, Time to Avoid Fatigue

Spring is here and with it come longer work days for those in Agriculture. Getting back into shape after winter and dealing with longer days is made more difficult with an increased chore list and workload.  So it’s not surprising that many will brush fatigue aside to get the job done.

But that’s when injuries can sneak in. Non-stop activity, long work hours and stress can increase chances of fatigue and injuries, and as levels of fatigue increase, regard for caution and personal safety take a backseat. Fatigue can cause slower reaction times, reduced concentration, or even falling asleep on the job and can lead to injuries.

Injuries can include equipment pinches, entanglement, burns, tractor rollovers and livestock related accidents.

Tips to avoid fatigue:

  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Avoid thinking about work once you have finished for the day. Engage in an activity that will get your mind off of the tasks ahead.
  • Pace yourself and plan out your activities.
  • Eat healthy and maintain a normal eating schedule.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Dehydration can cause fatigue.
  • Take short breaks throughout the day.
  • Get some exercise after sitting over long periods of time. Stretching or even a short walk will get your body moving and re-energized.
  • To reduce stress, take a minute to watch wildlife or enjoy nature to help take your mind off of work.
  • Take advantage of a rainy day to rest and re-energize.
(Image: rahego)

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