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Stress, stress management and physical excercise

Stress is the “spice of life”, as Hans Selye, the father of stress research, put it. But at the same time, it is indisputable that stress is also one of the major threats for our physical and mental health. Yet, even though we use the term “stress” on a daily basis, most people struggle to explain what stress actually is and do not have a deliberate way to cope with stress. This course equips you with general, evidence-based knowledge about stress, stress consequences and stress management methods to enable you to mind your health in stressful situations more effectively. When discussing stress management methods, the course will in particular focus on the power of physical exercise as stress regulation mechanism and provide advice on how to get/remain physically active. After completing the training course participants will:

  • Be familiar with the theoretical stress concept, stressors and stress consequences in order to better understand why, how and when stress can be detrimental for our health
  • Be aware of their own stressors, stress symptoms and coping behaviour
  • Be able to better control stress-increasing behaviour and attitudes
  • Know about and experience basic stress management and relaxation methods
  • Understand the evidence for and the importance of physical exercise as stress management method
  • Know about ways to become more physically active or stay physically active, also in stressful times

Practical information

Date:Interested? Contact TOP! We will organize this training if there is sufficient interest.
Duration:1 day
Location:EUR Woudestein
CostsThe fee to participate is € 315 per participant

this training is in English

  • 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).

  • Brief overview of the content:

    • 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 focuses on the relationship between stress and physical exercise.

  • 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).

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