BFBA

British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

Looking after your mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic will test all of us, whether we become infected with the virus or not.

All of our daily lives will endure significant upheaval and our working lives have been severely disrupted. The BFBA is working hard to communicate and provide clear updates with practical advice as and when appropriate. Each member of the Executive Committee and our office staff welcome your calls, emails and private messages and we will continue to support you in whatever way we can.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

In addition to our business resources we have compiled a list of suggestions that may provide some time out or inject some positivity. It is incredibly important to look after you mental, in addition, to your physical, health –

  • TALK. It is good to talk, do share your feelings. Many of us work on our own or within a very small team and it is easy to feel lonely. If not with the EC, call your fellow farriers and blacksmiths, peers and colleagues to reduce the sense of being overwhelmed.
  • SCHEDULE. Structure your day, even if you are not going out to work, it provides purpose and clarity. Keep it fresh, add variety!
  • BREATHE. Practise mindful breathing.
  • TAKE BREAKS. Drink plenty of water and try to eat and sleep well.
  • BE ACTIVE. Whilst abiding by the governments advice with regards to social distancing and exercise, do move! Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and negative mood. ‘PE with Joe’ with the children provides a fun light-hearted moment!
  • STAY CONNECTED. Pick up the phone instead of just typing to keep connected. Use screen-based tools such as Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime or Zoom to stay in touch with family, friends and colleagues.
  • GET OUTSIDE. Every single day, unless advised otherwise. Daylight and nature boost your energy and enhance your wellbeing.
  • KEEP LEARNING. This is a great opportunity to catch up on some CPD! Practise new forging skills, refresh anatomy knowledge or expand on business knowledge. BFBA members receive Forge Knowledge – read the articles and log your points! There are also a number of tutorials and farriery learning groups online.

And lastly, look after each other and yourself. The BFBA guidelines for working during this period provide a method of working within the government guidelines. Each individual farrier and blacksmith will have different priorities and so, providing these guidelines are being adhered to, should be respected for the individual decisions they have made.

Mental Health charity MIND have a great range of Information Resources available online - https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/

Please don't hesitate to contact Head Office on 024 76 696595 or email headoffice@bfba.co.uk if you would like to chat to a member of the BFBA Executive Committee.