How to help employees struggling this season [videos]

SAIF offers break from the high stress of the holidays

The holidays aren't the most wonderful time of the year for everyone.
“There are many reasons people feel down this time of year,” said Liz Hill, SAIF's Total Worker Health™ adviser. “Whether dealing with a loss, facing financial stress, or being away from friends and family, it can be hard to feel merry.”

Tomorrow is also the shortest day of the year, which can be especially hard for anyone dealing with seasonal affective disorder.   

Hill recommends companies consider their employee's wellness and wellbeing heading into the next few weeks.  

“If your company has employee assistance programs, one of the easiest things you can do is remind your employees how to get access,” said Hill. “Just a reminder that resources are available-and access is encouraged-can help.”  

If you don't have an employee assistance program, you can connect employees to the many community-based resources that are available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress through local crisis centers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

For some, the holidays can create another mental health hazard: stress.  

“From overspending to overcommitting, it can feel hard to take a moment for yourself,” said Hill. “Taking a time-out to practice deep breathing can help lower your stress levels.”

To encourage a moment of peace, SAIF has produced two new relaxation videos highlighting winter relaxation moments: one featuring the holiday lights at the Willamette Heritage Center, and another of a quiet fireplace scene.  

In addition to taking a relaxation break, Hill offered additional tips for seasonal stress:

  • Take a brisk walk, either alone or with a friend
  • Listen to music
  • Stick to your normal routine as much as possible
  • Don't forget about proper nutrition and hydration-eating healthy can limit stress  

“We want everyone to have a safe and healthy holiday season,” said Hill.   

More information and videos can be found at saif.com/relax.  

About SAIF

SAIF is Oregon's not-for-profit workers' compensation insurance company. Since 1914, we've been taking care of injured workers, helping people get back to work, and striving to make Oregon the safest and healthiest place to work. For more information, visit the About SAIF page on saif.com.