Programme Stress

The course combines a scientific, evidence-based perspective on stress and stress-management with personal reflections and practical stress management skills. During the one-day workshop participants will better understand what “stress” means and what the negative (and positive) consequences of stress can be. They will recognise whether and how they can have an influence on their stress levels and how stress management methods can be used to prevent and to cope with stress. Lastly, the importance of physical exercise for health as stress regulation mechanisms will be explored and guidance on the adoption of a more active lifestyle will be provided. Overall, the course will be a mix of theory, reflection/self-assessment and brief exercises (see below).


  • What is stress?
  • External and internal stressors
  • Stress symptoms and consequences
  • Hot topic “burnout”
  • Identify your stressors and stress signals
  • “Homemade” stress: Stress increasing behaviours and thoughts
  • Identify and improve the way you respond to stressors
  • Basic stress and time management methods
  • Relaxation exercises (Progressive Muscle Relaxation; breathing; imagery)
  • Leadership, communication and goal setting
  • Positive effects of physical exercise on health
  • Physical exercise as stress management method
  • Lowintensity stretching and walking exercises (weather permitting)
  • Ways to help you to become physically active/stay active


The training will be given by dr Sandra Klaperski, relaxation trainer and sport and exercise psychologist whose research focusses on the relationship between stress and physical exercise.

Target group

All employees who are interested in understanding the concept and causes of “stress” better and who would like to manage their stress more effectively. 


Handouts will be provided. No equipment or sport clothes needed as we will not engage in any strenuous physical exercise activities; yet, participants should wear comfortable shoes for walking outside. If available, participants can bring a yoga/gym mat and a towel for the relaxation exercises (not necessarily required as it is also possible to do the exercises seated).


After completing the training course, you will receive a certificate of participation.


23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?