Check in with your workers and support them to look after their mental health during the holiday season.
Why this is important
For some, the holiday season can be a lonely time or trigger financial, relationship or family stress. If your workers are away from work due to their injury, they may feel particularly isolated.
- Check-in with your injured worker. A simple “How can I help you?” can make a big difference to your worker’s mental wellbeing by showing them that you genuinely care and are there to support them.
- Let them know that they aren’t alone and provide them with details of the following services:
- Check out the N.O.E.L. tool. Developed by a mental health nurse, the tool covers four key components to beating the Christmas blues:
- Learning when to say No
- Opening up about how you feel
- Enjoying what you can
- Looking forward.
- If you or your workers are finding the holiday season stressful or feeling anxious about finances, family or loneliness, follow these steps to help avoid stress and anxiety around Christmas time:
- Taking care of money worries: identify what’s causing you financial stress; find low-cost ways to have fun. Reach out to WorkCover or your insurer to confirm that any payments for your injured workers will proceed as scheduled during the holiday period.
- Dealing with family tension: set realistic expectations; drink in moderation; avoid known triggers.
- Managing loneliness: connect with friends and family; volunteer or attend community events; make plans for Christmas Day.
- Stay healthy to avoid Christmas anxiety: eat well; exercise; get regular sleep.