The weather this spring and summer has created stressful situations for Iowa farming families. The cold, rainy weather has delayed planting of crops, damaged replanted crops and set the stage for spring stress to carry over into summer. Margaret Van Ginkel, Iowa Concern hotline coordinator and family finance specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, recommends actions those feeling stressed can take to help prevent it from taking over their life. “First of all, talk things over with your spouse, a neighbor, friend, anyone,” said Van Ginkel. “Talking helps alleviate some of the stress and perhaps you will find that you are not the only one that is frustrated.”

“Another sign of stress is not sleeping,” she said. “Try to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.” Getting the required amount of sleep is easier if you take these actions:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night.
  • Keep sleeping area quiet and dark.
  • Make sure not to eat or drink right before retiring at night.

Van Ginkel said it is most important to talk out your problems. Call the Iowa Concern hotline at 1-800-447-1985 or seek professional counseling if needed.