3 Tips for a Mentally Healthy Christmas

While the holiday season is often a time of joy and celebration, for many it can also bring stress, anxiety and distraction, both at work and at home. Sentis Regional Manager Bruno Anjos shares his top strategies for supporting your team to manage their stress more effectively over the holiday season.

1. Nurture strong positive relationships

Individuals who connect with others that they trust are more resilient to stress. Being able to communicate openly and honestly and receive support from trusted colleagues is critical during challenging times. Ways to encourage strong positive relationships can be as simple as asking how your team members are doing outside of work and letting them know what support is available.

2. Proactively manage stress

When we feel stressed, our bodies produce cortisol. While great in a fight or flight situation, long term exposure to this chemical in your brain is not helpful. Over the festive period, encourage your team to ‘take five’, rest and recuperate and be mindful of initial stress responses.

3. Hunt for the ‘Good Stuff’

The end of the year is a perfect time to reflect on your own, your team’s and your organisation’s strengths and achievements. On a personal level it could be an opportunity to recognise someone outside of the usual work routine. It could be with a personal card, recognition in front of the team or creating an opportunity where people can share their strengths and achievements as well as what they look forward to in the year ahead.

Recognising when our team are experiencing difficulties and supporting them in managing their stress more effectively is one of the opportunities to ‘show we care’ as leaders.

For more resources to support your team for a safe and happy holiday season, download our My Safe Break Toolkit.


Regional Manager Client Solutions QLD, NZ & Middle East

Bruno joined Sentis in 2012 and has a strong passion for safety and assisting both individuals and organizations to achieve operational excellence and sustainable change. His diverse set of skills ranging from facilitation, coaching, and leadership have driven him to work in numerous industries across Australia and throughout the world. Originally from Europe, is Clinical Psychologist with more than 15 years’ experience. His training and background in Psychoanalysis also led him to his own private practice for more than seven years. Bruno is now set to put forward all his knowledge and skills to help organisations change their cultures for the better. Bruno’s experience range from Mining, Gas, Power, Construction, Utilities, Services, with clients like BHP Billiton, MMG, Rio Tinto, Black Mountain Mining, Xtrata, Koniambo, New Hope Group, Austral Fisheries, Graincorp, Sydney Trains, Lendlease, Glencore, Suncorp, etc.