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Working without stress: Tips for healthy mental well-being

18 October 2023

When you think about staying in good shape, most people think of exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep when it comes to their well-being. Though these are key aspects, good health is more than just physical fitness. Mental well-being is just as important. Yet, situations at work can sometimes make you feel less resilient. So, what can you do about it? We have a few suggestions:

Work-related stress
Prolonged exposure to stressful situations can increase the risk of health problems. Stress can be caused, for instance, by excessive job demands, a lack of autonomy at work, harassment from colleagues or superiors. What can you do?

  • Speak up. Discuss it with your manager or contact the university doctor. Conversations between you and the university doctor are confidential. The university doctor can work with you to find a solution that suits your situation. You can reach the university doctors from the Safety, Health, and Environment (VGM) department at telephone number 071 527 8015.
  • If you have health insurance via the university with Zorg en Zekerheid, you can also get a free health check, join workshops, training sessions, get online self-help, and personal coaching. Visit the Leiden Healthy University for more information on mental fitness, tests, courses, and reimbursements.
  • Additionally, there is an opportunity for employees and managers, as part of prevention, to participate in a workshop on early awareness of imbalance in health. Imbalance can manifest as psychological issues, physical symptoms, a deterioration of existing conditions, or changes in behaviour. It's important to be vigilant about these signals and address them. Contact HR for more information.

Healthy University Week 2023
Next week, the annual Healthy University Week will get underway once again! From 23 to 27 October, you can participate in various workshops, group classes, and inspirational sessions for free, aiming to create a healthy living environment. For more information about the programme and registration, please visit the Healthy University Week 2023.

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