Di Bowles

Dairy Farmer – Cohuna VIC


Di Bowles


Our first guest is the wonderful Di Bowles, a dairy farmer from Cohuna in Victoria.

Why did we want to speak with Di? A couple of years ago Di made the decision to consciously pull back and say no to many of the commitments she had on boards, committees etc. She wanted to press pause, get out of frantic busy mode and spend some time reflecting and getting clear on what was really important to her. This has had lots of well-being benefits for her and we thought this would be of interest to many people who are going to be experiencing forced withdrawal in the near future due to physical isolation policies to manage COVID-19.

We thought Di would have some great wisdom to share about the benefits of slowing down and reassessing. Di also started the Show Some Dairy Love facebook page to support the well-being and connection of dairy farmers.

Di’s top well-being tips:

  1. Daily rituals are important for well-being. A simple thing like sitting in stillness with a cup of tea in the morning can be a ritual.
  2. Accept yourself as you are.
  3. Say, “Let me get back to you”, as a technique to avoid saying “Yes” automatically.
  4. Get rid of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)! It’s not necessary at all.
  5. Five minutes with someone could mean the world to them – take time to connect with others.
  6. Don’t apologise for surrounding yourself with things you love. There’s nothing wrong with having things that are precious to you.


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