2020 has brought many changes to our working lives – whether that means working from home for months on end, or going to work in essential services with strict health protocols in place.
2020 has brought many changes to our working lives – whether that means working from home for months on end, or going to work in essential services with strict health protocols in place. For many people, these changes amid uncertain times have resulted in feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety. It’s not surprising: research by the WHO has found that continued isolation from other individuals can increase the possibility of mental disorders.
While solving mental health issues can be complex, one simple act of self-care you can do is to plan to take annual leave over the end of this year. While your instinct may be not to take time off, a good stretch of time away from work will give you the opportunity to properly rest and recharge, so that you can start the new year on a more positive note. Still on the fence? Here are four more benefits for taking leave over the coming festive season:
Given the year we’ve had, the resulting negative effects on our mental health are hardly surprising. To counteract this, at Sasfin we encourage you to take your annual leave this festive season, and take advantage of South Africa’s sunny summer weather at the same time. While taking time out to recharge or take a holiday, please remember to stay safe and pack in your sanitiser and masks, plus practise social distancing.
Wishing you and your family all the happiness of this holiday season!
Your Sasfin Healthcare team
Want to better understand the mental health benefits offered through your medical scheme? Contact your Sasfin Healthcare Consultant today.