The holiday season can be a time when stress can mount and become dangerous, especially for farmers who are accustomed to “working their way out of” stress, anxiety and depression. But stress is part of agriculture and life in general, and in healthy levels, can contribute to productivity and performance. But in times like these, when additional factors like the global pandemic and adverse market conditions contribute to overall stress levels, it’s important for farmers to be attentive to preventing stress from becoming burnout. There are physical, behavioral, emotional and relational symptoms to watch for in gauging whether a farmer in your life is experiencing mounting stress and anxiety to the point at which burnout is likely. Here are five ways to deal with stress at a high-stress time of year and ways to start the conversation if you think someone might be feeling additional strain right now. See it all here.