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Sick leave in Germany: tips for avoiding missed days

It feels like more colleagues are absent from their desks again, and the latest reports on sick leave in the first quarter of 2024 confirm that appearances are not deceptive.

 

The significance of the increased sickness rate in Germany

The latest analyses show that despite a slight decrease in the average duration of sick leave from 9.6 to 9.3 days, the total number of sickness cases has increased slightly. This data is alarming, especially because the average value has been at an all-time high since the coronavirus pandemic. Despite a slight decrease in duration, the overall burden is stable to increasing, and this shows the urgency to take measures to improve health. In the period from January to March, 38 percent of all employees were absent at least once due to sick leave. It is particularly worrying that this figure was as high as 59% among people under 20. On average, employers missed almost 6% of work per day due to sickness.

 

Causes of the high absence rates

According to DAK Gesundheit, the main causes of sickness absence are respiratory illnesses in particular, but also mental illnesses and physical complaints such as back pain. This data is based on an analysis of sick notes from 2.2 million insured persons. Andreas Storm, the head of the health insurance company, emphasizes that despite the record figures in 2022 and 2023, the high absenteeism rates among employees even increased in the first quarter of 2024.

 

Impact on society

The increased sickness rate is not only a burden for those affected, but also has far-reaching effects on companies and society as a whole. Sickness-related absences lead to productivity losses, increased work pressure on the remaining employees and additional costs for companies. Furthermore, a high sickness rate puts a strain on the healthcare system, even if the exceptional situation seen in the last pandemic episode will fortunately not occur again so quickly.

 

Preventive healthcare as a solution

In order to counteract this emerging trend, preventive measures should be recommended and taken by employees to promote their own health and strengthen their immune system in the long term. Despite the diversity of the most common illnesses that lead to sick leave, there is one measure that can provide relief for both mental and direct physical complaints. Back pain, stress and respiratory illnesses can possibly be contained with relatively simple tips.

 

Health prevention through rest and relaxation

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Vacation by the sea: a natural therapy

One proven method of strengthening the immune system is prevention through rest and relaxation. Vacations by the sea not only offer a welcome break from stressful everyday life, but can also have a positive impact on health. The sea climate is known for its cleansing effect on the respiratory tract and can help to strengthen the body's defenses. The fresh air and salty water can help to cleanse the airways and improve lung function.

 

Local alternatives: salt caves and graduation towers

For those who don't have the opportunity to travel far or take vacation days, there are local alternatives. Salt caves and graduation towers, for example, are available in many regions of Germany and offer similar health benefits to the sea. Breathing in salty air can cleanse the airways, which helps to prevent respiratory diseases.

 

The role of salt air humidifiers like SalinoVatis

An innovative way to enjoy the benefits of a salt cave in your own home is to use humidifiers with salt water such as SalinoVatis. These compact devices create a salty atmosphere that contributes to improved indoor air quality. They work in the same way as the large graduation towers, but have the advantage that they can be used wherever you want. Regular use can improve the function of the respiratory organs and strengthen the immune system.

 

Mindfulness as the key to health prevention

Another important component of health prevention is mindfulness in dealing with one's own health. More mindfulness in everyday life can help to reduce stress, which in turn can reduce the risk of infections, burnout and other health problems. Focusing on your body and your needs is generally considered to be beneficial to your health. Typical methods include meditation, yoga and Thai chi. Of course, physical exercise also helps to prevent incorrect strain caused by sitting for too long. A mini-saline can also be used to increase mindfulness. The soothing trickle of salt water over the saline, for example, can contribute to a more relaxed sleep and thus also reduce stress.

 

Conclusion: health as a holistic approach

Overall, strengthening the immune system and preventing illness is a holistic process that requires a combination of relaxation, rest and mindfulness. By integrating measures such as vacations by the sea, visits to salt caves and the use of mini-salines, we can help to maintain our health and strengthen our immune system. It is important to integrate these preventive measures into everyday life in order to reap the health benefits in the long term.

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