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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Opinion: It is important that a farmer can switch off

In this news article, Martin Preston, founder, and chief executive at Private Rehab Clinic Delamere, warns of the dangers of hustle culture for farmers.

Those within the farming industry often work above the UK national average of 37 working hours per week, with some farmers working 65 hours and livestock producers working above 100 hours each week, according to the Fit2Farm survey.

Anxiety, depression, and substance dependency is rampant within the farming industry as workers face high demands.

These include market instability, increasing work pressure, the seasonal need for overtime, high workloads, and so much more.

Hustle Culture 

Stress left untreated can eventually result in ‘burnout’, characterised by physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism, with the detachment and feelings of ineffectiveness.

Untreated stress and work burnout, which can often be made worse by the toxicity of influenced hustle culture, can lead to severe cases of anxiety and other mental health conditions.

Therefore, it is extremely important that a person working in farming is able to switch off and find time to relax and recharge, particularly as it is such a demanding job.

Whilst hyper productivity can not only make a person physically tired, it can also be mentally straining.

Doing too much can cause the body to feel exhausted, particularly with an intense workload in the spring.


When the body is not fully concentrating, it can often cause an individual to make mistakes more frequently. This can be extremely dangerous for a worker, especially if they are handling hazardous machinery.

Working a full-time job is challenging in itself, so adding additional tasks first thing in the morning and late at night is an unsustainable lifestyle, something that should not be encouraged on social media platforms.

I warn that this ‘toxic hustle culture’ is creating unrealistic expectations of how someone should be spending their time to be productive.

In a previous article, he discussed the newly emerging ‘5 to 9’ trend has TikTok users filming their pre- and post-work routines with an emphasis on how to make the most of your time outside of your working life.

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