Women in Agriculture Workshop to Provide Tools for Managing Anxiety | Lifestyles

LINCOLN — A two-part virtual workshop hosted by Nebraska Extension’s Women in Agriculture program in September will focus on managing and managing anxiety.

“Breaking Down Anxiety: Tools to Help You Live a Less Anxious Life,” will hold its first session from 1-3 p.m. CT on September 8. The second session is scheduled for 1-2 p.m. CT on September 29.

It will be moderated by Ashley Machado, a mental health consultant who works primarily with agricultural professionals and their families.

“Sometimes the anxiety can feel overwhelming, like you’re on a train you don’t want to get on and don’t know how to get off. Other times, you may feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, but you get stuck on a hamster wheel,” Machado said.

The workshop will discuss how anxiety manifests, why it can be a reaction to uncertainty, and offer tips for developing skills to manage anxiety and its effects.

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Machado advocates rethinking the ways we support mental health in the agriculture industry and specializes in breaking down big ideas and deep feelings into simple, actionable strategies. She applies 15 years of experience to help individuals and organizations in the agricultural sector develop the tools they need to maintain good mental health, function and live fully.

Machado holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and a master’s degree in social work with a specialization in clinical mental health. She grew up in the dairy industry and now lives in California with her husband, a rancher and almond grower.

The workshop will take place on Zoom and participants should plan to attend both sessions. Registration is $20 per person and can be done at the Nebraska Women in Agriculture website, wia.unl.edu.

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