Dating, Person, Outdoors, Balcony, Nature, People, Sun, Sky, Sunrise

During this transitional and confusing time of reverting back to in-person or hybrid work, the subject of self-care is critical. As companies are trying to set policies around the vaccine and remote or hybrid work, it is important to remember that workers are still stressed. Now that summer is upon us, children are out of school and since not all children are vaccinated parents are in a quandary about allowing them to participate in summer camps. Furthermore, workers worry about the risk of contracting Covid from unvaccinated co-workers.

Why is helping employees thrive one of the most important parts of banishing burnout? Mental health is at the crux of ability to thrive, to succeed at work, and to have valuable personal relationships. When employees thrive, the company thrives. Stress impacts the bottom line, not only in healthcare costs, but also in corporate culture, morale, and the customer experience.

Mental self-care incorporates many different techniques from being kind to yourself, to seeking counseling and practicing daily writing. I am going to discuss some of the less popular facets: Sleep, Sun, and Writing.

Get a good night’s sleep. Stress impacts sleep, and sleep impacts stress. When your teams don’t get a good night’s sleep it is hard for them to think clearly and solve important work problems that require enormous amounts of creative energy.

You’ve probably heard that adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night for optimum health. But one in three do not get adequate amounts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Those who don’t can develop chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress, according to Wayne Giles, M.D., director of CDC’s Division of Population Health.

What can you do to help employees develop proper sleep habits? Nancy H. Rothstein, The Sleep Ambassador, recommends having a nightly sleep routine, that may include:

  • Warm shower or bath
  • Cup of sleep-friendly tea (caffeine-free or herbal)
  • Relaxing book
  • Sleep-conducive temperature (65 – 68 degrees)
  • Consistent bed and wake time to support circadian rhythm
  • Phone-free routine at least an hour before sleep

Get out in the sun. Did you know that the moment the sun hits your skin, Vitamin D is activated? As a matter of fact, Vitamin D is commonly referred to as the Sunshine Vitamin.

Besides powerful benefits to the body, such as strengthened immune system, supported cardiovascular system, and enhanced growth of muscles, brain, and more, Vitamin D also provides mental and emotional benefits:

  • Boosted alertness
  • Enhanced mental function and memory recall
  • Reduced effects of depression

In terms of stress and anxiety, light improves the communication between various parts of the brain to help teams handle emotions. Furthermore, studies have shown that the more time one spends outdoors, the more serotonin and endorphins are released and the happier workers feel.

You can see how spending time outdoors is valuable for mental health. To help your workers get more sunshine, consider holding walking meetings or even outdoor Zoom or audio-only meetings. There is no reason not to spend 10 to 30 minutes per day outdoors, at least during the spring and summer months.

PREMIUM CONTENT: The Role of Digital Labor Platforms in Transforming the World of Work

Morning writing. Morning writing is something that Julia Cameron talks about in her book, The Artist’s Way. She calls it Morning Pages. Cameron suggests committing to writing only three pages. Once one starts, they often write more.

Daily writing helps to let go of any residual negativity from the previous day and to let go of worry over the day to come. Writing down feelings helps to clear the worry out of one’s consciousness.

Ridding workers of all the little worries is a critical form of self-care and stress reduction. Letting go is one of the keys to banishing burnout.

These three models of self-care: sleep, sun and writing are often overlooked and are hugely powerful for mental health. The sun impacts sleep. Sleep impacts energy and mood. And writing enhances mood by unleashing stressful feelings that can weigh one down.

Read more >


Person, Text, Face, Id Cards, Document, Paper, Crowd
Meet Drew Golin, Chief Executive Officer - Shiftfillers

Shiftfillers' CEO has one of those journeys that inspire us to success.  Drew Golin has exemplified servant leadership throughout his life, starting with his education at Temple University in Philadelphia....

Read more >
Person, Face, Crowd, Female, Blonde, Teen, Kid, Girl, Woman, Text
Meet Rod Smyth, President - Shiftfillers

Innovation runs in the blood of Shiftfillers' President. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, Roderick Smyth consistently lives up to his famous compatriot Oscar Wilde's saying that "true progress is...

Read more >
Blonde, Person, Female, Woman, Teen, Girl, Face, Text, Smile, Hair
Meet Karen Febus, Chief Operating Officer - Shiftfillers

Whether it’s running a race or running a successful business, the Shiftfillers' COO knows how to reach goals like no other. Avid runner Karen Febus studied business and finance at...

Read more >

Current opportunities to join us

Warehouse Associate Various shifts from $17.00 per hour + bonus New Albany, IN Sazerac_New_Albany_IN 11b9fea5-a15a-4cf8-8d95-4ef8764efaeb New Albany Indiana United States 707 Pillsbury Lane, New Albany, Indiana, United States, 47150 Join Shiftfillers and become part of the dedicated team that gets products and orders ready for our client’s customers. You will be processing, preparing, picking, packing and shipping customer orders. If you like a fast-paced, physical position t...
Production Associate Perm. with benefits $18 per hour 2:30 P.M. Start. JELD-WEN Ludlow, VT Direct_Hire 879103 Ludlow Vermont United States Ludlow, Vermont, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
Production Associate Perm. with benefits $18 per hour 2:30 P.M. Start. JELD-WEN. N. Springfield, VT Direct_Hire 879106 Springfield Vermont United States North Springfield, Springfield, Vermont, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
Production Associate Perm. with benefits $15.45 per hour 4:00 P.M. Start. JELD-WEN Cincinnati (West Chester), OH Direct_Hire 879094 West Chester Township Ohio United States West Chester Township, Ohio, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
Production Associate (Windows) Perm. with benefits $19.50 - $21 per hour 3:30 P.M. Start JELD-WEN Grinnell, IA. Direct_Hire 878705 Grinnell Iowa United States Grinnell, Iowa, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
Electronic Technician Full time with benefits $20 - $23 per hour Start 7:00 A.M – 3:30 P.M Schlumberger Sugar Land, TX. Direct_Hire 878122 Sugar Land Texas United States Sugar Land, Texas, United States, 77478 Perform technical duties in one of the functional areas: electronic, mechanical, or systems. Completes tests, measurements, operations, or process controls that are usually routine in nature, and very few nonstandard situations occur. Analyzes dat...
Mechanical Technician Full time with benefits $19 - $21 per hour Start 7 A.M. – 3:30 P.M. Schlumberger Sugar land, TX. Direct_Hire 878110 Sugar Land Texas United States Sugar Land, Texas, United States, 77478 Perform technical duties in one of the functional areas: electronic, mechanical, or systems. Completes tests, measurements, operations, or process controls that are usually routine in nature, and very few nonstandard situations occur. Analyzes dat...
Electrical Assembler Full time with benefits $20 - $23 per hour Start 7:00 A.M – 3:30 P.M Schlumberger Sugar Land, TX. Direct_Hire 878109 Sugar Land Texas United States Sugar Land, Texas, United States, 77478 Perform technical duties to support manufacturing activities to the functional areas: electronic, mechanical, or systems. Analyzes and ensures the product, process meets standards. Troubleshoot and resolve products, processes related to assemblies...
Production Associate (Windows) Perm. with benefits $19.50 - $21 per hour 6:00 A.M. Start JELD-WEN Grinnell, IA. Direct_Hire 876858 Grinnell Iowa United States Grinnell, Iowa, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
Production Associate Perm. with benefits $18 per hour 4:00 A.M. Start. JELD-WEN. N. Springfield, VT Direct_Hire 876852 Springfield Vermont United States North Springfield, Springfield, Vermont, United States Role overview Preparation of frames and jambs used in the pre-hanging process Prepare, machine, and hang wood and fiberglass doors Use pneumatic and hand tools to assemble door units Learn the operation of the production line machinery Palletize, ...
-->