How to look after your Elves at Christmas
Christmas can be the most wonderful time of the year, a time of joy and spending time with loved ones, but it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. This is why it’s so important to look after yourself and your employees in and out of the workplace.
Poor mental health has been highlighted more recently as an epidemic amongst people of all ages across the entire world. Mental health can be affected massively when an element of stress is added into someone’s life and as I said at the beginning, Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
Here are a few things to consider for yourself, and to encourage your Elves to do, around this time of year:
- Talk about your feelings – Talking to a colleague, friend or impartial source can really help
- Try to keep up with your hobbies – Doing something you’re good at boosts happy vibes and you could even make them festive!
- Ask for Help – If you need help ask for it don’t suffer in silence
- The Samaritans do a fantastic job each year lending an ear
- The Salvation Army offer amazing support, a bit of music, a cuppa and hot meal to all
- The Rainbow Trust is one of the best Christmas Children’s Charities and always aim to save Christmas
- Eat Well – eating healthy is great for not just your physical, but mental health
- Sleep Enough – It’s tempting to squeeze as many parties in as possible but if you’re already working long or late shifts, it’s more important to get as close to 8 hours slumber as you can
- Drink Sensibly – There’s nothing wrong with a few drinks over Christmas but know your limits
- Take a Break – Take some time off over Christmas and start the year fresh not burnt out
- Keep Active – It may not feel like the best time to exercise but research says it is!
- Keep in Touch – Good relationships are vital for good mental health – pick up the phone, knock on that door – TALK!
- Accept who you are – Don’t feel pressured to do more than you feel up to this Christmas
- Care for others – Caring for others can be a real boost for our mental health and present buying isn’t the only way to do it!
The winter can be a stressful time for people; Christmas especially can trigger all sorts of personal issues so as an employer, you can make a positive impact on your employees simply by being more understanding and encouraging healthier habits at work.
Thanks for reading and have a merry Christmas!