"I live on a farm and love cattle, but when it comes to moving them I get nervous. What should I do to not be so nervous and worried?"
Half the battle is won when you realize that you have a problem. In this case, this person has already acknowledge that he or she (I'm going to naively call this person a "she" for now... even though the same problem exists just as well as with guys) gets nervous and worried whenever she's tasked with moving and working with cattle.
Now, I have no idea what kind of cattle that she has to work with. For all I know, these may be some very big cows that tower over her (or she can barely see over) and have given her one or more bad experiences in the past, either directly, or indirectly as with her parents. I could be wrong, though.
Moving cattle can be stressful and challenging. Cows have a mind of their own and they may or may not co-operate for you when you're trying to work with them; especially when you're not fully aware of how and where you move in respect to their flight zone and pressure zone. That's another post for another time. If you're always going in the corral just to move them or just to feed them and never take the time to just hang out with them for a while, I find you're more apt to get nervous and worried because you've basically trained yourself to get in that mindset every time you're in with the animals.
Time to get yourself untrained from such a mindset. Just how do you do that? It's actually far, far simpler than you think.
All you (and this person who wisely asked this question) need to do is just start hanging out with these animals. That's it.
Well, actually no, that's not it.
This person must practice changing how she thinks and feels about these animals. Worrying and nervousness are negative feelings. These need to transform into positive feelings. Thinking and thus feeling positive emotions mean chasing out those feelings of dread and fear (which will directly cause the nervousness and worry), and replacing them with feelings of love, true joy and happiness, and therefore calm and peacefulness.
I know it sounds incredibly corny (pun never intended). But trust me, it works. How she goes about generating such positive emotions is to notice how good those cows look, how calm and quiet they are, how they respect your space, and just feel how peaceful of creatures they really are when she's just taking the time to hang out with them.
Cows (like all animals) are incredibly sensitive to both negative and positive emotions that we project. They're like mirrors to our souls, or like barometers, even when we do and don't realize it. So when someone is nervous around them, regardless if it's a conscious or unconscious feeling, those cows are also going to be nervous, and express that nervous energy by their actions: Widened eyes, ears perked, maybe some quickened steps as they bustle away, those sort of behaviours.
The same is also true when a person is calm, quiet, and truly happy around them. Those animals then become (for the most part) calm, quiet, and relaxed in that person's presence.
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