Hold out for the holidays – then?
Published: July 4, 2022, 7:00 AM Updated: July 8, 2022, 3:53 p.m.Many are looking forward to the upcoming summer vacation to have time to breathe out and recharge. But to believe that the holiday will solve a stressful work and life situation is naive. The key is spelled recovery in everyday life. Birds chirp and flowering meadows. Warm breezes and freshly lit grills. Summer is just around the corner, as are holidays. For some who have a stressful everyday life, the holiday can therefore be seen as a rescue. But, enduring the holidays and believing that “everything will work out” is not a sustainable strategy, says Per Fallenius, psychologist at the insurance company Euro Accident. – Holidays are basically something we all need, but to see it as a rescue is naive. Four weeks’ leave is not enough to offset an otherwise stressful life, he says.Get to grips with your work situation before the holidaysStress can not only be turned off when it’s time for vacation. Therefore, it is important to understand that a stressful and stressful work situation can spill over into your free time. To get to the bottom of the problem, a change in everyday work is needed. – If you do not change your behavior in everyday life, there is a risk that you will quickly return to the same mood after the holiday again. Do not stare blindly at the fact that the holiday will save you from the hard workload, says Per Fallenius. To avoid falling into the stressful holiday trap, he believes that it is important how you act before, during and after the holiday. Giving yourself a good starting point in terms of work before the holiday is a must. – Allow yourself to plan concrete time in order to be able to switch off and log out in time. Tie all loose ends together as best you can and give yourself the opportunity for a smooth transition from job to holiday. You do not have to drive all the way into the tile, then the holiday will not be enough time for recovery, says Per Fallenius and continues: – Once you are free, make sure to let the holiday be a holiday. I know it can be easier said than done, but try to shield yourself from work as much as possible. Focus on other things in life that are important to you.The employer’s responsibilityIf the stress before the holiday is rooted in the work situation, employers have a responsibility. It is about creating a sustainable work environment for employees. – As an employer, you must ensure that the workload is balanced and that you are there to support your employees. Encouraging micro-recovery in everyday life, ie regular breaks of 5-10 minutes, is a good effort to ensure that recovery becomes a natural part of the working day.Minimize sick leaveTo create additional security in the workplace, health insurance with preventive support can do good. If you have reached a point where stress is unsustainable for employees, there is help available. Per Fallenius believes that the right efforts in time make a difference. – Through our Health Insurance PlanSjuk, support is offered to both employees and employers. It is about creating the right conditions for capturing stress and mental illness before it leads to sick leave – eight out of ten that we help are not on long-term sick leave. Letting it go that far is unnecessary, when it can be prevented with the right efforts. It is together that we create sustainable employees, he says. Read more about our Health Insurance PlanSjuk here 5 tips for recovery – Discuss recovery and stress in the workplace – Be open about how you recover – lead by example – Make sure to take work breaks of 5-10 minutes several times a day – Use the opposite method: If you have a sedentary job, make sure to move you. If you have a social job, make sure you get free time – Try it out to find out how you can best recover. The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Euro Accident and not an article by Dagens industri