Being a PhD, a lot of pressure can be felt. Perhaps you experience stress from finding funds, from striving for good research result or from being dependent on your supervisor/promotor. Moreover, a lot of work needs to be done. Sometimes self starting is difficult and you might experience guilt from procrastination.
In this workshop we take a closer look at stress. We will notice its benefits as well as its pitfalls. You will investigate for your own situation how it is provoked and in what ways it manifests. We will discuss good practices that can help you to find more relaxation. One of those practices we will particularly focus on is mindfulness. This combination of eastern meditation techniques and western psychology can help you to find stress relief. We will do some of its practices to calm your mind, to consciously relax your body and to deal with unpleasant situations. We train our attention in order to be more aware in the present moment and make our decisions consciously.
This is an introduction to mindfulness, it aims to let you experience what it is about. Practicing the exercises on a regular basis is needed for sustainable results. You can do the exercises at home, for which helpful apps and links will be provided.
After this session you are welcome to join our weekly sessions at the Meditation Lab where guided meditations are offered to keep up the mindful spirit.
Who is it for
PhD’s of all graduate schools, regardless of your type of contract or the year of your PhD-project
Our no-show policy
We are happy to offer workshops for free to all Utrecht University students. However: free of charge does not mean free of responsibility. Our activities tend to be fully booked well in advance. For every late cancellation or no-show we have had to disappoint students who would have liked to attend. This is how we work:
- Once you have signed up for a workshop, we expect you to attend;
- If you need to cancel your registration, do so at the earliest possible moment, at least 24 hours before the workshop;
- Not showing up without notice will mean you cannot participate in any Career Services activity for 8 weeks. Two no-shows mean you cannot participate for the remainder of the academic year.
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