Musings and lessons

March Monthly Trailmarker

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Your Permission Slip

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What do you need permission to do? (or not do?)

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Little Rocks - Getting Present

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This week's Reminder:

Be Present

Being present is not always about "feeling good". Rather,  cultivating our ability to be present,  in this moment right now can help us to step out of the stories in our mind which amplify pain and struggle.  Getting present helps us to just be - even if that present moment does involve pain or discomfort.  

Growing present moment awareness helps reduce the suffering and pain cycle by turning the volume switch down when our mind tries to deafen us with stories…

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February Trailmarker

Monthly Trailmarker: Steph Schmidt Farm Life Psych

Gone are my days at the beach, and here are the days of office work, crutching, being on time for school pickups, and grocery shopping. It takes a bit of time to click back into the routine, but then again, routine gets thrown out the window frequently anyway. One day at a time, one moment at a time!


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- February Livestock SA Wellbeing Sessions for Livestock Agents & Producers in South Au…

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Put yourself in the Picture

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Put Yourself in the Picture - Take Care of YOU in 2024

Righto, so we are already halfway through the first month of 2024! Some of you may have enjoyed a break over Christmas/New Years. Others (like my family and I), have been continuing to work through the ongoing farm jobs to be tackled. We had a soft finish to harvest around the New Year, went straight into a few hot weeks of crutching and shearing, thankfully we are finished (for now) and doing final prep to head away for our annual week at …

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November - Monthly Trailmarker

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Monthly Trailmarker: Steph Schmidt Farm Life Psych

It's been a busy month (is it ever not), and the countdown is now on to Christmas and 2024. As I hope everyone will take some time away from their inboxes at the end of December, this will also be my last trailmarker for 2023. I'll leave you with a few reflections and thoughts to ponder as the year wraps up.
Here's what's been happening in my world in November.

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What is Psychological Flexibility, and why is it the #1 tool every farmer needs?

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As a farmer, wife, mum (and human being), learning and strengthening my psychological flexibility have become the most essential skills in my toolbox.

For me, it is about creating space for regular daily practices – e.g., mindful breathing or just bringing awareness to my daily habits (having a shower with awareness); being more open and learning to skillfully relate to challenging feelings – anxiety, frustration, overwhelm, disappointment – they are all going to show up whether I want them there…

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Lessons from the Shearing Shed

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Shearing Wisdom: Life lessons from the shearing shed

It's the eve of our final day of shearing, and it feels like we have been shearing forever, even if it's just been a month (with a week and a few days off here and there). For us, shearing is all hands on deck. My roles vary from getting sheep in, helping drafting (my 9 year old is a gun drafter), roustabouting, and probably the most important one - making sure everyone is fed. When I was working full time as a psychologist, I used to daydrea…

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Let's talk about alcohol

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Which makes me realise. If I find it hard to say no at these events, and I don't consider that I "have a problem with alcohol", how incredibly hard is it for those of us in our communities that have realised that not drinking isn't just an option for them, but has to be a necessary choice? How hard is it for those in our communities who are struggling with their mental health and find alcohol to be a helpful short-term solution, but know that in the long term it is doing harm to themselves, thei…

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Some reflections and thoughts on unspoken aspects of female life



Menstrual Cycles, PMDD, PMS and reflections

 (A little note - I'm sharing this today on day 28 of my cycle as it feels important and true to me. This is probably one of the rawest and vulnerable shares I've done - so please tread gently)

 

Something that we rarely talk about, or when it is talked about it's dismissed with a laugh and a shrug. Periods. Menstruation. The Menstrual Cycle.

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