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Expert Author Susan Leigh
For many of us taking good care of our health means being registered with a local family doctor, a caring general practitioner as well as having access to quality specialist care if required. We may pay into private health care insurance schemes or be registered through our employment so that we can avail ourselves of speedier treatment should an emergency situation occur.
It's good to observe that many of us are becoming increasingly involved in the level and quality of care we receive from our healthcare professionals. We ask more questions, demand more answers, want to know what we are being prescribed, how long will we need to take it, are there any known side effects, what is the longterm prognosis, do we need this procedure, are there other options? Access to online information has added to the level of interest over the last few years, sometimes contributing valuable knowledge, other times fuelling health anxiety about symptoms and diagnosis.
The good effect is that many of us are looking to take more personal responsibility for our health and wellbeing. We look to support our ongoing health and invest emotionally, mentally and physically in ways to take better care of ourselves and support good health.
- Ways to support good physical health are often readily available in a plethora of magazines and the media. Eating a healthy balanced diet, minimising the consumption of processed food, alcohol, sugar and fat are seen as a common sense decision by many people. Exercise is good for better physical health and is also an excellent way to de-stress, manage weight and can include a fun social element if it involves team games like football and rounders or a brisk walk with family and friends.
- Stress is often regarded as harmful and bad for our health but some stress can be a good for us. It keeps us on our toes, takes us out of our comfort zone and often enables us to achieve more than we originally anticipated in a crisis or pressure situation. Sustained stress impacts negatively on mental and physical health and is recognised as a major factor in high levels of sick leave and absenteeism.
Learning to recognise your own warning signals of being overstressed can provide valuable insight and enable you to introduce effective ways to manage stress more effectively. Your personal warning signs may include loss of concentration, irritability, poor quality of sleep, lack of appetite, headaches. Once these symptoms are recognised as stress alerts you can support better health by taking a break, going for a walk, having some quality food, taking time for hypnotherapy. Find your best ways to support good health, take control and allow your stress levels to subside.
- Work, for many people, is an area of unremitting, sustained stress. Deadlines, excessive volume, urgent demands, the pressure of competition can impact on the quality of other areas of life by devouring your time, energy and good humour. Identify the key areas of pressure, your problem areas and consider ways to effectively manage those concerns. Do you need to delegate, prioritize or schedule your time more efficiently, are you lacking in knowledge or skills where you'd benefit from additional training or would it be helpful to build relationships with other businesses so you can share and support each other, thus offering a better, more comprehensive service to mutual customers and clients.
- An important contributor to good health is feeling balanced, at peace and satisfied, where you successfully accommodate the different and diverse areas of your life. A positive mindset benefits your mental health and raises your spirits, bringing joy and allowing you to maintain an optimistic outlook. This balance may be achieved through a combination of undertaking charitable good works, sharing fun time with family or friends, having personal time to pursue your own hobbies and interests, feeling a sense of pride in the efforts you've made to succeed in your career development and business, doing something special with your personal goals, maintaining successful personal relationships.
Maintaining a positive outlook occurs as you become increasingly aware of your thought patterns and intercept those that are negative or unhelpful. It involves supporting a good, realistic outlook on life, where you deal with things you can change and enlist help in areas that you can't. Hypnotherapy can help to change unhelpful habit patterns, negative thinking and self-doubt, thus enabling a more constructive mindset, behaviour and attitude to become the norm.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
For many of us taking good care of our health means being registered with a local family doctor, a caring general practitioner as well as having access to quality specialist care if required. We may pay into private health care insurance schemes or be registered through our employment so that we can avail ourselves of speedier treatment should an emergency situation occur.
It's good to observe that many of us are becoming increasingly involved in the level and quality of care we receive from our healthcare professionals. We ask more questions, demand more answers, want to know what we are being prescribed, how long will we need to take it, are there any known side effects, what is the longterm prognosis, do we need this procedure, are there other options? Access to online information has added to the level of interest over the last few years, sometimes contributing valuable knowledge, other times fuelling health anxiety about symptoms and diagnosis.
The good effect is that many of us are looking to take more personal responsibility for our health and wellbeing. We look to support our ongoing health and invest emotionally, mentally and physically in ways to take better care of ourselves and support good health.
- Ways to support good physical health are often readily available in a plethora of magazines and the media. Eating a healthy balanced diet, minimising the consumption of processed food, alcohol, sugar and fat are seen as a common sense decision by many people. Exercise is good for better physical health and is also an excellent way to de-stress, manage weight and can include a fun social element if it involves team games like football and rounders or a brisk walk with family and friends.
- Stress is often regarded as harmful and bad for our health but some stress can be a good for us. It keeps us on our toes, takes us out of our comfort zone and often enables us to achieve more than we originally anticipated in a crisis or pressure situation. Sustained stress impacts negatively on mental and physical health and is recognised as a major factor in high levels of sick leave and absenteeism.
Learning to recognise your own warning signals of being overstressed can provide valuable insight and enable you to introduce effective ways to manage stress more effectively. Your personal warning signs may include loss of concentration, irritability, poor quality of sleep, lack of appetite, headaches. Once these symptoms are recognised as stress alerts you can support better health by taking a break, going for a walk, having some quality food, taking time for hypnotherapy. Find your best ways to support good health, take control and allow your stress levels to subside.
- Work, for many people, is an area of unremitting, sustained stress. Deadlines, excessive volume, urgent demands, the pressure of competition can impact on the quality of other areas of life by devouring your time, energy and good humour. Identify the key areas of pressure, your problem areas and consider ways to effectively manage those concerns. Do you need to delegate, prioritize or schedule your time more efficiently, are you lacking in knowledge or skills where you'd benefit from additional training or would it be helpful to build relationships with other businesses so you can share and support each other, thus offering a better, more comprehensive service to mutual customers and clients.
- An important contributor to good health is feeling balanced, at peace and satisfied, where you successfully accommodate the different and diverse areas of your life. A positive mindset benefits your mental health and raises your spirits, bringing joy and allowing you to maintain an optimistic outlook. This balance may be achieved through a combination of undertaking charitable good works, sharing fun time with family or friends, having personal time to pursue your own hobbies and interests, feeling a sense of pride in the efforts you've made to succeed in your career development and business, doing something special with your personal goals, maintaining successful personal relationships.
Maintaining a positive outlook occurs as you become increasingly aware of your thought patterns and intercept those that are negative or unhelpful. It involves supporting a good, realistic outlook on life, where you deal with things you can change and enlist help in areas that you can't. Hypnotherapy can help to change unhelpful habit patterns, negative thinking and self-doubt, thus enabling a more constructive mindset, behaviour and attitude to become the norm.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
What does happiness mean to you? For many people being happy is a straightforward concept. Being in a relationship with a special someone, having a successful, satisfying career or business, a comfortable home, enough money in their pocket; one or more of these are often enough to ensure a feeling of happiness and contentment. But many of these things cannot be guaranteed, they are often outside our area of influence and control. Let's look at some ways to be happy, whatever our personal circumstances.
- Count your blessings. It may sound trivial to say to someone who has lost their job, relationship or something of importance that they should count their blessings, but taking time to reflect on other positive areas in life can often help to ease the hurt, disappointment and pain of difficult situations. A person with a positive and happy approach to life is one who is able to appreciate that there is often something we can value, even in testing situations; whether it be the support of friends or family, the love of a pet, the fact that the sun is shining or that we have our health. A shift in mindset can help us become more pragmatic, able to reflect on the bigger picture and appreciate what we already have, to accept that there is often something positive around the corner and value that we've gained important lessons from our experience.
- Introduce good deeds into your life. By doing good, perhaps by financially supporting a charity and feeling invested in it or by volunteering time and effort you can feel that you are sharing good fortune and love with others less fortunate that yourself. Even shopping for an elderly neighbour or stopping to exchange a few words with a stranger can make all the difference to their day and bring a smile, a positive feeling of happiness into your own life. Being kind without looking for reward towards friends or strangers can introduce a good feeling, satisfaction and happiness into your life.
- Look after yourself. Often we're the last person we consider in our busy lives. Even single people without the responsibilities of children or a partner can forget to treat themselves and have regular 'me' time. Treat yourself well and feel happy by doing nice things from time to time; buy a bunch of flowers, put clean sheets on the bed, plan your favourite meal, take time to listen to music, read a book or watch that film you've wanted to see for so long. These are examples of ways to manage stress, introduce some calm into your life, regain control and bring a feeling of happiness into your life.
- De-clutter and clear your space. Many people have a room, a place where they store their clutter. There maybe the view that it will come in useful at some time, or stuff's been stored temporarily, to be sorted at a more convenient time. Spend thirty minutes each day and enjoy how satisfying it feels to finally be regaining control of your space and discarding your clutter. Then continue the momentum and move your attention to your cupboards and drawers. Clearing away your clutter will help you feel more positive and in control, it will help you to feel happier with your home.
- Deal with your demons. Many of us have habits, patterns, ways of behaving or reacting in situations that do not serve us well, make us unhappy. Hypnotherapy is a powerful and effective way of dealing with these demons and moving on from unhelpful attitudes and responses. Committing to do this can help you make the best of yourself, become more positive, motivated and consequently happier in your own skin.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
How often do you relax and take a break? Statistics reveal that increasing numbers of us are loathe to take time away from work, with some 19 million days of UK holiday entitlement remaining untaken in one year alone. One in five of us work seven extra hours each week of unpaid overtime. And these figures only record those in salaried employment.
Business owners and sole traders rarely think about set hours or what time they should be clocking off from work. It may be only when their health starts to suffer, relationships with family and friends are affected or they start to feel resentful and jaded that there's any motivation to change things.
Allowing time to relax and take a break is important on many levels. A recent Labour Force Survey discovered that 45% of all working days, 11.7 million last year in total, were lost to stress-related issues. The impact of not relaxing and taking a break can be hugely significant in every area of life.
- One reason why so many of us work so hard is to provide a good living for our family and make them proud of us. But spending less and less time together, giving increasing importance to clients or customers, or being constantly irritable or distracted may be impacting on the quality of those relationships. Equally, we need to take some time for ourselves, have a break, pursue our hobbies and interests or simply relax and do nothing at all. Taking time to nurture the creative and non-work side of ourselves brings another dimension of satisfaction and fulfillment.
- It's been found that when we do take a break, even for short periods, perhaps for a short stroll or a drink of water, we often return with fresh ideas and insights into problem areas that may have been troubling us. People often say, don't make a hasty decision, sleep on it and see how you feel in the morning. Equally, detaching and taking a break can be beneficial. It allows time for our minds to still, new thoughts and ideas to surface, and for us to take a little time away from the 'coal face'.
- Chasing our dreams, challenging ourselves and being successful are all well and good. It's important to say 'yes' and step outside our comfort zone sometimes but it's also relevant to say 'no', and claim time and energy for ourselves too. Including every area of life in our focus matters. Let's consider some helpful ways to relax and take a break.
- If work is usually a mental, cerebral activity a break can provide the opportunity for alternative activity like physical exercise and time to work and tire those muscles. Sleep-related issues and our quality of sleep can be affected when we're tired mentally, but not physically, or vice versa. If work is largely mental introduce sport, walks, a round of golf, visit to the gym and maybe add a social element by sharing those times with friends or family.
If you work in mainly a physical capacity join a quiz night, locate your board games, start doing the crossword or join a book club and find sociable ways to have a break and spend time exercising mentally.
- Sometimes we need to learn to relax gradually, maybe by feeling there's a purpose to it. Volunteering, perhaps for a charity, youth group or community project can introduce something different but also add value to life. We move our focus away from work targets, profit, earning, and, as such, redirect our energy into something with a less business-focused angle. Doing this provides space to explore new skills, work with a different agenda and meet new people, those with similar interests to ourselves.
- Relax and take a break with family. Learn to have proper conversations, keep up-to-date with each other's news, opinions and stories. Share your challenges with them, they're the people closest to you, and let them help. They may be able to ease the pressure in different areas of your life, resulting in better communications and an improved bond.
- Consider outsourcing some of your commitments. You may be able to buy yourself a break by hiring help with domestic chores, like cleaning, ironing or gardening, or by paying someone to do those work-related tasks that are not your forte. Paying the best person to do the job can be money well spent, resulting in a more professional approach which may even generate new business. Then use your free time well by having an afternoon pleasing yourself.
- In the evenings switch off technology and determine not to turn it back on unless there's an emergency situation which needs monitoring. Do relaxing things, like taking a walk, listening to music, reading a book, spending time with those you care about; all investments in those other important areas of your life. Sometimes even decline invitations and occasionally have a night off if you've been over-committed with social engagements. Then use the time to indulge, eat your favourite foods, have a relaxing bath and an early night.
Taking personal responsibility for your health and wellbeing, both mental and physical, gives you back control. After all, even airlines say in times of turbulence first put the oxygen mask on your own face. Then you're in a better position to help others.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
The ending of a relationship often comes as a slow burn, frequently reflecting issues that have been bubbling beneath the surface for some time.
No one gets married expecting to divorce and the gradual breakdown of a relationship can slowly erode one's confidence and self-esteem as well as bringing many practical matters into consideration; the impact on children, how to manage future domestic and financial arrangements, what to do next.
Starting again after divorce often prompts reflection upon several areas of life.
Take some time to grieve for your 'old' life. There may be much advice and well-intentioned suggestions coming your way, especially if children's lives have to be included in any decision-making. But take time to heal and determine your next step rather than rush into something too hastily. It may be that you slow things down by initially choosing to rent rather than buy your next home.
Doing that could give you time to find your feet and decide what's best for everyone involved. Some people opt to move to a shared house, which means you have company close by. Do what's best for you, even if it's going home to mum and dad for a while so that you're looked after while you sort out your next step.
Possessions and personal touches can make a big difference, especially if you're living in temporary accommodation for a while. You may have kept some special items from the marriage. Or conversely you may have chosen to have a clear out, not wanting any mementoes. Whatever your decision, make your mark on your new home, even if you're staying in a small, short-term let. Source an inexpensive print or two, some lovely cushions, scented candles and turn your personal space into a welcoming haven.
Children may be shared between both parents and it can help them settle by giving them the freedom to decorate their own bedrooms. It allows them to invest in the new arrangements and feel included and important, helping them to move on. Keep channels of communication open for children so they feel able to discuss their feelings. Sometimes a supportive grandparent, family friend or teacher may be able to provide an outlet for children to talk through their concerns. Be accepting and supportive of that arrangement and understand that they may prefer to talk to a third-party rather than have concerns about worrying you and causing further distress.
Social groups can change significantly post-divorce. Mutual friends may have divided loyalties, feel the new situation is too complicated or be wary of your recent single status highlighting any issues they may have in their own relationships. Plus money and time are often tighter after a divorce, with less disposable income available for socialising, perhaps the need to work longer hours or free time being more constrained because of issues with childcare.
Work can be very important after a divorce. Earning money may mean that any convenient job has to be taken initially. But many people use their divorce as a time to start again. Think about training for something you've always wanted to do, or make time for a hobby or interest that you previously felt unable to pursue. When life is already unsettled it can be a good time to go with the flow and introduce something you really want to focus on and develop.
How do you feel about yourself? Divorce can make us feel unloved, unlovable, a failure, guilty at letting others and ourselves down. But the loneliness of a loveless marriage takes its toll and starting again can be a good time for an overhaul to prove to ourselves that we're fully invested in our future life. Therapy could play a role in helping you deal with your negative feelings or patterns.
Could it be time to start eating healthier and lose a few pounds, maybe exercise and start walking, running or going to fitness classes? What about grooming? Going to a different hairdresser may mean you come away with a new look rather than your old familiar style. Makeup counters are often happy to revamp your image and could be a way to get some great new ideas. Be receptive to opportunities for improving your confidence and self-esteem.
Starting again after divorce can be both scary and exciting. Remember, you're not on your own, so check out local groups that offer things you're interested in. Amateur dramatics, walking, animal welfare, volunteering, night school classes can all connect you to people with similar interests to yourself. At work offer to find out what's happening locally and organise a social event or two. Be interesting and interested by keeping up-to-date with national and local news, popular TV, and ensure you're ready to contribute to conversations. That way you'll connect and improve your relationships with others.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
The words, 'would you like to come for dinner?' can be enough to cause apprehension in even the most confident of us. What shall we wear, who else might be there, should we take something with us, will we be able to eat what's on offer, what if something looks too awful to eat!
I'm sure we've all been there, running through these questions before we go to someone's house. And if it's a dining out arrangement then we may add questions about settling the bill, who's drinking alcohol and who's not, how formal will it be.
A lovely invitation to a relaxing meal can suddenly become overshadowed by a plethora of 'what if' thoughts running through our minds. Fear at looking stupid, inexperienced, a fussy eater can make us wonder if we should even go along.
Of course, all these concerns can be dependent on the circumstances of the invitation, on how well we know the person or persons involved. Is it a group invitation with colleagues, friends or family or is it something more formal, perhaps accompanying our partner to a business event? Is it a first date, the early stages of a new relationship or something more long-standing?
And then of course there's the other role of food in your social life, the invitation to supper! Whatever does that invitation mean? Is it going to be a light snack or something more substantial? Preparing your response in advance so that you're appropriately gracious and appreciative, whatever is served, is an important social skill.
Random social events and food are a potential minefield. I recall supermodel Jerry Hall saying she always had dinner before she went to a reception in order to avoid being tempted by the high-calorie buffet snacks that never fill you up. You never know what you're going to encounter at buffets and canape events! And then there's the hazard of finger food, the juggling of a drink, a small plate, all whilst chatting or maybe wanting to greet someone or shake their hand!
Let's not forget the food vigilantes who monitor what everyone eats. They know who's on a diet, who ought to be on a diet! Dare we eat anything too rich, or have a dessert! Dare we risk the raised eyebrows as we order a creamy pasta sauce or a sticky toffee pudding for dessert?
And allergies! Hasn't almost everyone got special dietary requirements these days, ranging from food intolerances to extensive lists of what they will and won't eat. The diverse requirements of a bigger group often justify going out to eat and choosing somewhere with a comprehensive menu that accommodates everyone.
Money can be another hot potato. The bill! Should it be divided equally between all the diners? But what about the people who hardly ate and those others who had several courses or expensive choices? Some people may have wanted to be sociable and join in, but can't afford to spend a lot. Should they subsidise the others? What about the wine drinkers and the non-drinking drivers? Is it a first date, and if so should the man pay, or could that cause discomfort or embarrassment?
Having said this, social eating is a great way to relax and reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Taking time over a meal is fun and one of the loveliest ways to spend an easy afternoon or evening. Many restaurants now cater for family parties and it's a joy to see several generations sitting together over Sunday lunch, chatting and taking their time.
Home entertaining can be an easy way to share time together, especially if several people have young children and don't want the potential stress of dining out. One suggestion can be that everyone contributes a dish, so spreading the load in terms of cost and effort. Barbecues and picnics can come into their own too over the summer months and are a fun alfresco way of enjoying food and a social life.
Safari suppers are also a good idea, where residents in a street or community plan to have one course at each house and then journey on to the next over an evening. Introduce a theme and you can end with an unexpectedly fun time!
We all have to eat so let's make the most of these opportunities to really relish the role of food in our social life.
Susan Leigh, counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor offers help with relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Many people in the farming industry regularly work from morning till night, every moment being filled with labour-intensive activity. Certain times of the year are especially busy due to seasonal or climatic demands. Then there are the pressing matters of changing market forces, price fluctuations and negotiations, as well as government regulations to deal with.
There's always plenty going on and taking care of yourself and your sleep can be pushed way down the list of considerations. Nonetheless, committing to good health and sleep are a crucial component in being able to continue to do your work well.
It's important not to forget family or to allow a little time for yourself. But when all are wanting your attention it can mean that every minute of the day is crammed with demands and meaningful activity, things you want to do, but which are adding to the growing list. It's no wonder if you fall into bed each night, exhausted, mind racing, hoping that you'll have a good night's sleep before the next early morning start.
Some people struggle to drift off to sleep or awaken throughout the night, restless, wide awake and unable to go back to sleep after very briefly napping. Let's look at ways to negotiate and support a deep, refreshing night's sleep.
- Learning to prioritize is a useful skill in a busy life. Poor sleep often occurs when we work long hours or have too many balls that need juggling. Prioritising introduces some discipline and order and helps us focus on making the best use of our time. Decide what's urgent and determine to make some inroads into the most pressing, time-sensitive areas. Include personal matters, like time with children, partners and friends. Maybe write down all that needs your attention and then order by importance. You can change the order as often as required.
- Recognise your personal warning signs of becoming stressed and over tired. I call them 'amber lights', the times when your mood changes and irritability, loss of sense of humour, poor concentration, feeling unwell start to occur. When you recognise those negative responses being triggered you can detach yourself and take a break. It may seem counter-intuitive to walk away from a busy situation but 10 minutes away often benefits your perspective and mood.
- Establish balance in your life. Poor sleep can occur when you're tired physically but not mentally, or vice versa. During periods when you're constantly racing around, working outdoors or involved in heavy physical tasks provide balance by including mentally taxing activities like quizzes, crosswords, stimulating conversations, things that require you to think and exercise your mental abilities.
- Commit to winding down before bed. Turn off your technology, avoid stressful conversations, horror films, heavy meals or alcohol late at night. Enjoy a relaxing walk, practice yoga, try hypnotherapy, have a soak in the bath to wash away the day's stresses and concerns. Have some personal 'me time' for switching off and preparing for bedtime.
We can cope with working flat out for a while, but maintaining that long-term ultimately affects your health, relationships and quality of life.
Susan Leigh, Altrincham, Cheshire, South Manchester counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor offers help with relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.
Expert Author Susan Leigh
Most of us want to find someone special to share our lives with and, once found, want to keep that relationship protected.
Being a farmer can make the process more complex as the need to work long hours, being unavailable, sometimes for days at a time, due to the vagaries of the weather and various farming commitments, can reduce the possibility of finding a relationship with a non-farming person.
Some farms are miles from anywhere, leading to isolation and loneliness. Those farmers may report not seeing another soul except for their co-farming mates for days or even weeks at a time.
But it's not just farmers who sometimes struggle to find a relationship. Everyone has their own combination of stresses in life, things going on that distract or preoccupy them. If you want a special someone in your life it's important to appreciate, accommodate and work around each other's issues.
Making a relationship a priority allows the other person to see that you're committed to the process and prepared to really try. Here are some tips for when you're ready for that to happen.
- Decide that having a relationship ranks high on your list. Whether looking online or going to a local sports, social or young farmers group, turn up regularly. Be consistent. Walk the walk and demonstrate that you're serious, but not desperate.
- Invest in your appearance. Is it time for an update? Maybe visit a different hairdresser or barber and be styled by a fresh pair of eyes. Invest in new clothes from a high street store, modernise your fragrance. Make sure you look smart, show you care about yourself and about who you're wanting to meet. After all, I daresay you expect potential dates to look clean, smart and attractive!
- Invest in your conversational abilities, listen to the radio, watch popular TV, be interested in what's happening locally as well as further afield. Then you can join in conversations and see your confidence blossom.
- Listen. Be keen to know about the other person, their interests, what's happening in their lives. And remember what you've been told so you can follow-up next time you meet.
- Invest of yourself. Sometimes you may be too tired to go out, be preoccupied, have lots going on. But if you want a relationship you have to make the effort and suggest meeting up, even if it's for a quick drink, a simple coffee, and that way you'll get a break too. Suggest dates that you'll enjoy, perhaps a film or something quite different to your daily endeavours, like a quiz evening, especially if you're aware that you're letting your relationship focus slide.
- Communicate your struggles and let the other person know what you're going through. Don't hide your challenges or pretend to be something you're not. You may even end up with a supportive ally in your life.
- It's not all about you. If you regularly make excuses, have stopped making an effort and find yourself saying things like, 'this is me, take it or leave it!', don't be too disappointed if you get left behind! Being authentic is important, but so is finding some balance and not being too jaded to enjoy life because you're constantly giving your all to work, leaving nothing for the rest.
If you want a relationship you have to be prepared to put in the time and commitment. Reaping the benefits requires you to first sow and tend the seeds.
Susan Leigh, counsellor, hypnotherapist, relationship counsellor, writer & media contributor offers help with relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.
She's author of 3 books, 'Dealing with Stress, Managing its Impact', '101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday' and 'Dealing with Death, Coping with the Pain', all on Amazon & with easy to read sections, tips and ideas to help you feel more positive about your life.
Expert Author James K
It is always concerning when our hens suddenly stop laying. The first sign of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When chickens are lacking something they require egg production is the first thing their bodies shut down in order to make up for what it is lacking. Most of the time it's an easy fix, is the coop clean? Are you feeding the proper food? Sometimes it could more complicated, are my babies sick or are the molting? Let's take a look at the common issues and see what it takes to get the girls happy again.
Age:
Chickens have a lifespan of 7 years are in their prime for the first year or two of them laying eggs, after that production rapidly declines until the 4th or 5th year when they usually stop laying altogether. It usually best to replace the laying hen with a new one after their 3rd year of laying eggs.
Habitat:
Chickens are creatures of habit, sometimes the slightest change can throw them off. Moving your hens from one location to another, adding new features or space can stress out your girls. They will not start laying again until they feel relaxed and are comfortable again. Even a dirty pen or coop could throw them off, unsanitary conditions are the best way to for the birds to contract unwanted diseases, especially if the space is too small.
Food / Water:
A dehydrated chicken cannot produce eggs make sure there is always water available for your hens. Using the nipple drinkers help conserve water and keep the coop clean. To produce an egg your girls need a special diet of calcium and proteins. This type of feed is called "layer feed" and comes in many different varieties from different feed or pet stores. Chickens will overeat so monitor the feed based on the number of chickens.
Health:
Did the chicken go broody? A broody hen will not lay until she is done hatching her eggs. The girls won't lay when they molt either. Molting is when the chickens are losing their feather due to changes in the weather. It's the same as when a dog shed its fur, except the chicken sheds its feathers. Mites put a lot of strain on a hen's body, she is miserable and won't lay for you. A good sign your chicken is ill or not feeling well is her stance. If she is hunched over instead of standing up and perky she is not feeling well and has problems she probably needs help with.
Stress:
If a chicken is stressed she won't lay, she needs to feel comfortable. Too many roosters can easily cause stress on your girls. Is there a predator around, is she fearful? Keep your girls happy safe and fed, and she provides you with many eggs to come. Some birds are better layers than others, like the Orpington Chicken that was bread for maximum laying capacity.
Expert Author Ritesh Sutaria
It's time to prep yourself to jump into the water, and get your hands dirty in the mud pool while rowing your own tiny, paper boats over the little streams of water flowing beside. Here comes the monsoon, and we're all set to savor one of the blissful seasons. However, at some places, it's the moment of rejoicing, and for the rest, it's raining cats and dogs. With the onset of monsoon, the environment is subject to fatalities like flood and in such a case, it causes severe loss to the mankind, flora, and the fauna. As we take preventive measures and extra care for ourselves during the rainy season, the same is needed for the animals especially the livestock who roam around and live in open fields, leaving them exposed to life-threatening diseases. This is the time when the temperature plunging and the farmers begin to assess how the changing weather would affect the health of their cattle, its productivity, and efficiency. The dairy farmers begin to plan and gather resources they would require to manage their cattle and protect it. Animals require a close attention during this time when they need to maintain a normal body temperature against the cold weather. The torrential rains affect the environmental humidity to an extent that the temperature dips much below the lowest temperature limit which causes stress to animals.
This compels the animals to respond in a way, say by seeking shelter or increasing metabolic activity, which could help them maintain their body temperature with the rising cold. Hence, this increases their dietary requirements, especially the quality feeds that are high on energy.
The cows specifically, require feeds that are full of essential nutrients as they consume more energy to adjust to the climatic conditions and maintain a balanced positive energy. If the cows do not obtain the quality feed supplements, they end up utilizing the reserved energy stored in the body to generate heat and manage body functioning to produce high-quality milk.
Eventually, this causes the depletion of stored body fat, in the long run, causing weight loss and attenuation of the insulating substance under the skin, exposing them to the cold, stressful weather.
The condition seems worse for the heifers who could bear calves in such a poor body state, lending them a difficult, painful calving, and the birth of weak, low-in-weight calves.
This situation gives rise to calf mortality rate which leads to the mothers producing less milk with delayed heat cycle, lowering the reproduction rate.
Apart from the impact on the livestock, the heavy downpour does affect the other stuff as well. It becomes difficult to bale the hay, keep the cattle feed dry, and watch out the aflatoxins (poisonous carcinogens which cause liver damage and cancer). These harmful toxins lower the quality of fodder and reduce the consumption by animals out of high contamination.
Therefore, it is necessary to keep the dry feed away from the rains to avoid getting them mouldy, especially the hay. Manure and silage should also be stored in a dry place to prevent congealing as the same becomes inconsumable by the cows then. The manure is likely to lose out on vital constituents so it should be stacked up and stored at a proper place away from moisture.
To ensure that the animals maintain the desired body temperature and body weight, you must follow certain steps that will help you manage your cattle during the rains and save your money being spent at inappropriate places.
1. Cleanliness is foremost.
Animals are likely to easily catch diseases during this season, exposing various health problems. Therefore, keeping the animals clean and dry always stands as the first requirement that must be fulfilled. Besides, the cow teats must also be cleaned and sanitized regularly before and after milking. This helps in keeping the milk away from getting contagious.
2. Increase the feed amount.
The animals, during this period, need more food and energy to produce heat to survive in the cold weather. Feed the cattle with nutritional grains and forage. In the case just wet feedstuff is available, make sure it is not too cold or frozen. Also, build a proper, sturdy shelter to keep them unaffected by strong winds.
3. Prepare dry bedding.
Creating a shed is not enough. Making a proper, warm bed for the cows is equally important as a moist, soiled or dirty bedding leaves them exposed to health issues. Hence, a bed of dry sand is the best, however, the availability is limited. In such situations, you can opt for dry straws or animal mattresses.
4. Supply drinking water.
The rainy season doesn't imply sufficiency of drinking water. Cows must be adequately fed with clean and potable water to avert a reduction in consumption of feed by the cows. However, you must ensure that the water you supply is not too cold or at a freezing temperature.
5. Drain away the stagnant water.
The accumulation of rain water during the monsoon is obvious and frequent. But the same also provides a natural platform for the growth of harmful bacteria and diseases. Therefore, preserving a hygienic surrounding works well in obviating the same.
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