An ORANGE light, what’s next?

You are on time!

You have stress-related symptoms, but they are in an early stage. You can take action to prevent yourself from entering a more severe stage with significant physical and mental stress symptoms, where you may no longer be able to do what you want. It’s important that your stress symptoms decrease and that you start feeling better again.

Take action!

You will start feeling better in the near future.

You can start the following actions right away today. These actions help to reduce the stress hormones that cause these symptoms:

  • Talk to others about how you are feeling.
  • Make time in your schedule for recovery and rest. Make choices. Not everything is possible.
  • Go outside every day, for example, take a walk. Without a specific purpose. So, not walking and running errands at the same time. Just walk to be outside and let the natural surroundings help you slow down.
  • Listen to music that calms you. If every stimulus is too much for you right now, then, of course, don’t do it, but consider it when you’re feeling a bit better.
  • Do something good that makes you feel good about yourself. Something good for yourself, or something good for someone else. Even something small like holding a door open for someone else can help.
  • Ensure you get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed on time. Don’t use coffee or alcohol beforehand. Turn off your mobile phone, tablet, or TV screen well in advance.
  • You might receive an overall ORANGE light, and score RED or ORANGE on certain aspects of psychosocial workload. It’s important to discuss these results with your manager and/or company doctor/occupational health physician to ensure that your balance is permanently restored.

You belong to a group that, when taking action, can feel balanced again within 3 months. If you find that you cannot resolve this on your own, please contact your general practitioner or company doctor/occupational health physician. Conversations with a POH-GGZ from your general practitioner, a company social worker, or a coach can help you in your recovery.

Make the decision today to take a firmer grip on the steering wheel of your life and take action.

Good luck!