Casimir Online Workshop Mental Health during your PhD (and beyond) - sign up now and acquire stress coping strategies!



11:00-12:30 uur




The Casimir Research School is proud to present an online workshop Mental Health during your PhD (and beyond) by PhD Coach (and Grant Advisor) Katja Lubina. We tailored this workshops towards the needs that you've indicated in the survey last October. This workshop is open to ALL Casimir PhD students and postdocs, so save your spot by registering now! You will receive a link to our MS Teams meeting just before the start of the session.

Workshop description

It is crucial to acknowledge the importance of your own (mental) well-being. This is often neglected while being in the PhD loop; conducting experiments in the lab, attending weekly meetings, obtaining and analysing data, preparing presentations, writing papers, writing the thesis, the fear of not being good enough and so forth. There is great uncertainty and many PhD candidates feel unsupported, isolated and stressed out. Self-sabotaging thought processes, poor coping strategies, and little work-life balance render these high-achieving individuals susceptible to burnout and a raft of mental health issues. The latest survey by the journal Nature in 2019 revealed that no less than 36% of PhD Candidates had sought help for anxiety or depression related to their PhD. That response echoes other investigations into the mental-health status of students. Thus, it becomes more important than ever to take care of ourselves during this busy time. In this workshop we look at how stress arises and how you can recognise these symptoms. We also map out how you can deal with stress and how to come up with different coping strategies. What is relaxing for you? How do you make sure you are practicing healthy habits and stick with them?

In this workshop you will

    • hear which types of stressors you and your fellow PhD Candidates encounter (based on the results of the recent Casimir survey); 
    • gain a better understanding why PhD Candidates are more susceptible to developing poor mental health than other young professionals;
    • learn more about developing habits to keep you happy and healthy;
    • learn more what to do when you are feeling overwhelmed and depressed. 


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