Coping with work pressure

A growing number of university staff in the Netherlands say that they are struggling with a heavy workload and work pressure. This course offers a number of practical, science-based techniques that will improve your mental resilience and coping strategies. This practical, no-nonsense one-day course will put you on the road to greater focus, concentration and relaxation. 

Target group

PhD students and postdocs


During this course, you will learn about the science behind stress and attitude and discuss the causes and consequences of the work pressure and stress that you yourself are experiencing. A series of exercises and a peer-group coaching ‘carousel’ will teach you to apply techniques that can improve your focus and help you to relax and maintain your energy levels. We will explore your cognitive processes (Rational Emotive Therapy). We’ll also practise physical relaxation, mindfulness, concentration, active mind wandering and other science-based techniques that can help you alleviate stress, relax and sleep more soundly. 

This workshop will provide practical tips and exercises to do at home and refer you to other relevant courses at your university, as well as to useful books, websites and tests. We will ask you to complete an intake form in advance so that we can finetune the programme to your wishes and needs. 

Practical information

  • Duration: One session, from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
  • Date: 17 April 2018
  • Language: English
  • Location: Utrecht
  • Group size: Maximum of 12 people


The Local Consultations Committee (employer and union representatives) considers it well worthwhile to spend part of the employee benefits budget on sustainable career development. Training, courses and coaching meant to support sustainable career development are therefore funded from this budget.