Wait until the holidays – then?
Published: July 4, 2022, 7:00 a.m. Updated: July 8, 2022, 3:53 p.m.Many are looking forward to the upcoming summer vacation to have time to breathe and recharge. But to think that the vacation will solve a stressful work and life situation is naive. The key is spelled recovery in everyday life. Birds chirping and blooming meadows. Warm breezes and freshly lit grills. Summer is at the door and so are vacation times. For some who have a stressful everyday life, the holiday can therefore be seen as a rescue. However, holding out for 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 that we all need, but seeing it as a rescue is naively. Four weeks off is not enough to make up for an otherwise stressful life, he says.Get to grips with your work situation before the holidaysThe stress can’t just be turned off when it’s time for a vacation. Therefore, it is important to be aware that a stressful and burdensome work situation can spill over into your free time. To get to the bottom of the problem, a change is needed in everyday working life. – If you don’t change your behavior in everyday life, the risk is that you will quickly return to the same mood after the holiday. Don’t blindly think that the holiday will save you from the hard workload, says Per Fallenius. To avoid stepping 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 position in terms of work before the leave is essential. – Allow yourself to plan concrete time to be able to switch off and log out on time. Tie up any loose ends as best you can and allow yourself a smooth transition from work to vacation. You don’t have to drive all the way into the tile, then the vacation won’t be enough time for recovery, says Per Fallenius and continues: – When you are free, make sure to let the vacation be a vacation. 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.Employer’s responsibilityIf the stress before the holiday is rooted in the work situation, employers have a responsibility. It is about creating a sustainable working environment for the employees. – As an employer, you must ensure that the load is balanced and that you are there to support your employees. Encouraging micro-recovery in everyday life, i.e. 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 the stress is unbearable for the employees, there is help available. Per Fallenius believes that the right interventions in time make a difference. – Through our health insurance PlanSjuk, support is offered to both employees and employers. It’s about creating the right conditions to catch stress and mental illness before it leads to sick leave – eight out of ten people we help don’t end up 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 yourself – lead by example – Make sure to take 5-10 minute work breaks several times each day – Use the opposite method: If you have a sedentary job, make sure to move you. Do you have a social job, make sure you get some time for yourself – Try your way to find the best way to recover The article is produced by Brand Studio in collaboration with Euro Accident and not an article by Dagens industri