Event

Surf your Stress week 2022

From 14 to 18 November 2022, we will organise the fourth Surf your Stress week for WUR students. A week full of interactive lectures, storytelling, jump-in theatre, workshops, relaxation & fun activities to help you understand and deal with your stress better.

Organised by Surf your Stress
Date

Mon 14 November 2022 until Fri 18 November 2022

Price description Free, exept the film at Heerenstraat Theater

When the leaves start falling...it's time for the Surf your Stress week. This is the first edition without limitations since the start in 2019. The organising team has put together an inspiring programme for you, so check it out and sign up!

Surf your Stress aims to stimulate the dialogue about stress at the university, provide students with more information, and offer practical tools to deal with stress. Do you want to learn more? Check out the free - in-depth - training courses offered by Student Training & Support (click for Dutch), e-Health modules at gezondeboel or visit the page Student Guidance for more support.

Monday, November 7 - warming up

12:00 - 13:30 Workshop Stress Management

Warm-up Worskhop  Stress Management

How have you been handling your stress lately? Would you like to learn about how to manage your (study)stress better? As a warming-up for the Surf your Stress Week you can join this interactive lecture on stress management by André Rozendaal to find out more. Stress is a hot topic. Not the least amongst students. Students report for example that they experience stress in relation to study pressure, study loans and social media. In this lecture, we will dive into ways in which you can effectively deal with stress. This includes learning about your own relationship with stress and the root causes of stress. The aim is to give you tips and tools to learn how to deal with stress and tension and how to develop psychological flexibility.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? Forum - B0525
By whom? Andre Rozendaal

Monday, November 14

08:00 - 10:00 Breakfast Rave

Breakfast Rave - Photo Matty Adame - Unsplash

Start your day by enjoying a delicious FREE breakfast and dance to the beat! Get energized for the day to come. Team up with your friends, or housemates and enjoy the LIVE DJ-set. KSV Fransicus Xaverius opens their doors for Surf your Stress and all WUR Students at Stadsbrink 373 this morning.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 08:00 - 10:00
Where? KSV Fransiscus
By whom? MiniCulture

09:30 - 16:30 Chair Massages (FULL)

Chair massage by MassageProfs

Every day during the Surf your Stress week, you can get a free chair massage (20 min) on campus. A professional massage therapist relaxes tense muscles in your upper body (back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands). Massage helps you relax, can increase energy levels and concentration, and reduce fatigue and headaches. During the session, which is performed on a special massage chair, you keep your clothes on

To register click 'afspraaktype' and select a location /date. Then select a timeslot. You can register for one session only. All registrations after the first session will be cancelled to give other students the chance to enjoy this relaxing experience.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 09:30 - 16:30
Where? Forum Stage
By whom? MassageProfs

12:00 - 13:30 Boxing & Yoga (FULL)

Jolanda Qualm - Boxing & Yoga

Boxing stimulates body and mind. The exercise relaxes you and releases stress. But did you know that you also learn a lot about yourself while boxing? How do you react when you take a punch? Do you hit back, run away or cringe? After active boxing, it’s time for relaxation through yin yoga. Join the workshop and experience it for yourself.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? SC de Bongerd
By whom? Jolanda Qualm of -"Blij Bewegen" lifestyle coach, yoga instructor and personal trainer.

15:30 - 16:30 Yin Yoga

Yoga - photo by Shayna Douglas-Unsplash

Every day there is a different type of yoga lesson that you can try. Today Hanna - teacher at Het Yogaschooltje - introduces you to Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga focuses on creating space in your connective tissue and your joints.In Ying Yoga, postures are held for a longer time, giving you time to explore and accept your limits.Yoga is known for it’s relaxing and strengthening qualities. While keeping attention to your breath, you move through different postures that promote your physical and mental wellbeing. 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 15:30 - 16:30
Where? SC de Bongerd - Room 1
By whom? Hanna - Het Yogaschooltje

20:00 - 21:30 ‘Smart’ Phones and ‘Social’ Media - interactive theatre play

Man focussed on his smartphone - Photo: Polina Tankilevitch
  • How often do you feel stressed out by your phone?
  • Does your WhatsApp feel like a to-do list?
  • Does everyone seem more attractive, active and happy - on Instagram - than you?

The Wageningen Inspring Theater (Jump-in Theatre) brings Social Media Solitude, Phone Stress and Whats-app Madness to life. The scenes they play are drawn from student life; they hold up a mirror to you. Confrontational and hilarious at the same time.

Then…the audience is invited to participate. You may even ‘jump into the scene’ with the actors to try and change the situation. And the outcome? Possibly life-changing, at any rate funny!

PS Or you just enjoy the play and see what your fellow students may come up with...

For whom Students & PhD
When? 20:00 - 21:30h
Where? Thuis Wageningen
By whom? Inspringtheater Wageningen

Tuesday, 15 November

09:30 - 16:30 Chair Massages (FULL - but check for last minute availability)

Chair massage by MassageProfs

Every day during the Surf your Stress week, you can get a free chair massage (20 min) on campus. A professional massage therapist relaxes tense muscles in your upper body (back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands). Massage helps you relax, can increase energy levels and concentration, and reduce fatigue and headaches. During the session, which is performed on a special massage chair, you keep your clothes on. 

To register click 'afspraaktype' and select a location /date. Then select a timeslot. You can register for one session only. All registrations after the first session will be cancelled to give other students the chance to enjoy this relaxing experience.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 09:30 - 16:30
Where? Leeuwenborch - Cafeteria
By whom? MassageProfs

10:15 - 11:00 Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Join our daily mindfulness meditation. Recharge and restart with new focus and enthusiasm! The workshops will be led by qualified instructors of Spectrum (Student Platform & Chaplaincy). 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 10:15 - 11:00h
Where? Forum - Room V0031 & V0034
By whom? Spectrum Wageningen

12:00 - 13:30 Breathing space - studying relaxed

Breathing Space - young man meditating outdoors

The moment you say you need some breathing space, often – unconsciously – you let out a deep sigh; as if your body is giving you permission to relax. Breathing techniques help you to experience more clarity and focus. Also, breathing right improves your sleep. Do you want more insight into the relationship between stress, tension and breathing? Do you want to learn to listen to your body? During this workshop, you will learn about how your breathing, emotions, thoughts, tension and relaxation are continuously influencing each other. Also we will focus on recognising daily signals from your body and how you can influence them during stressful situations. There is also a 4-session training available through Student Training and Support: Breathing Space: Studying Relaxed - WUR (start 14 Nov). 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? Forum - B0103
By whom? Marjon van Opijnen

15:30 - 16:30 Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Every day there is a different type of yoga lesson that you can try. Today a yoga instructor of SC de Bongerd introduces you to Hatha Yoga.Yoga is known for it’s relaxing and strengthening qualities. While keeping attention to your breath, you move through different postures that promote your physical and mental wellbeing.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 15:30 - 16:30
Where? SC de Bongerd - Room 1
By whom? Yoga instructor SC de Bongerd

17:30 - 19:30 Autumn Blues - Walk-in evening

Autumn Blues - Walking shoes in fallen leaves - Ohoto: Freestocks

Do you experience 'the blues'? Seasonal-motivated, personal or plain 'study-blues?' This meeting may be what you need.

While studying offers opportunities it also comes with challenges, for some students even more so than for others. Are you experiencing issues throughout your study or in your student-life, and does it feel like you are the only one? Why not join our walk-in evening and meet other students who may be in a similar situation. Get in touch and talk about the struggles you face. Exchange experiences and tips. A host will guide the conversation and create a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

We welcome all students who feel in need of some extra support. 'Label' or no label; it doesn't matter, whether you have AD(H)D, ASS, depression or just feeling gloomy, a chronical disease, identity-crisis, anxiety, being high-sensitive or anything else that might prevent you from fully enjoying your student life.

Do you want to share experiences, find recognition and are you looking to enhance your study(life)? We are happy to invite you to join us and help us in shaping a supportive platform. As this is a walk-in event, there is no need to register. However, if you do register beforehand, we'll make sure a snack is available for you.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 17:30 - 19:30
Where? Impulse Innovation
By whom? Anneke Aikema (Stud. Psych) - Olav Wissink (Student Dean, Heleen Franssen )

20:00 - 21:30 Tackle your Decision Anxiety

Guy facing a difficult decision

Do you find it difficult to make decisions? Do you avoid choosing, worry about your choices, or are you getting anxious when facing a (complex) choice? Trust us, you are not the only one!  In this interactive lecture you will learn more about why choosing can be difficult and why this causes anxiety, worry and/or procrastination. You learn which mechanisms often cause you to feel stressed when you have to take an important decision. These insights, together with some hands-on tips, will help you with future decisions you will face. 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 20:00 - 21:30
Where? Orion - The Spot
By whom? Annemarie Teunissen - Study Adviser & Skills Trainer

21:45 - 22:15 Sleep Meditation

Young woman meditation on bed - photo: Ben Blennerhassett - Unsplash

Time to unwind, settle down and relax. Let go of yet again a stressful and exiting day of studying. A guided meditation will help you to relax your body and mind for a restful night and prepare yourself to drift off and restore your energy.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 21:45 - 22:15
Where? Online
By whom? Het Yogaschooltje

Wednesday, 16 November

09:30 - 16:30 Chair Massages (FULL - but check for last minute availability)

Chair massage by MassageProfs

Every day during the Surf your Stress week, you can get a free chair massage (20 min) on campus. A professional massage therapist relaxes tense muscles in your upper body (back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands). Massage helps you relax, can increase energy levels and concentration, and reduce fatigue and headaches. During the session, which is performed on a special massage chair, you keep your clothes on. 

(To register click 'afspraaktype' and select a location /date. Then select a timeslot. You can register for one session only. All registrations after the first session will be cancelled to give other students the chance to enjoy this relaxing experience.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 09:30 - 16:30
Where? Orion - Atlas Side
By whom? MassageProfs

10:15 - 11:00 Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Join our daily mindfulness meditation. Recharge and restart with new focus and enthusiasm! The workshops will be led by qualified instructors of Spectrum (Student Platform & Chaplaincy). 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 10:15 - 11:00h
Where? Forum - Room V0031 & V0034
By whom? Spectrum Wageningen

12:00 - 13:30 Catch your energy in colour - Painting workshop (FULL)

Colour your Engergy - Photo: Energuy Sigmund-T-Da - Unsplash

Evoke your energy and creativity with colour, wake up the artist within you. Colour is radiant energy that travels fast in waves. These visible reflections of frequencies in the electromagnetic spectrum evoke emotions. We experience some as calming, others as stimulating. As certain colours can alter your mood, it is believed to restore imbalances in energy. Blue may encourage a sense of calm, purple can invoke a tranquility that helps reduce stress. But yellow, its complementary colour, can also counteract stress and improve your mood. Artists know that colours influence each other too. They look for balance, intensity, expression. Even if you have not painted in years, this workshop is for you. Your hands will guide you: let colours flow, create smooth, subtle shades or vibrating combinations. Express feelings, an inner world, or just add some colour to it. It’s fun to do too. 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? Lumen 1
By whom? Marjet Stamsnijder

15:30 - 16:30 Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga

Every day there is a different type of yoga lesson that you can try. Today a yoga instructor of SC de Bongerd introduces you to Hatha Yoga.Yoga is known for it’s relaxing and strengthening qualities. While keeping attention to your breath, you move through different postures that promote your physical and mental wellbeing.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 15:30 - 16:30
Where? SC de Bongerd - Room 1
By whom? Yoga instructor SC de Bongerd

17:00 - 18:30 Your Natural Cycle

Your Natural Cycle - Chicken eggs with painted on faces - Photo: hello-i-m-nik- Unsplash

Did you know women cycle through different ‘seasons’ every month? Some days provide you with tremendous energy, other days your hormones will nudge you to reflect, and sort out what you can let go of.Getting to know your Natural Cycle can be a relief as well as a source of joy. The workshop focusses on this ‘hormonal dance’ and how to deal with it. Learn to use your superpowers and avoid the pitfalls.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 17:00 - 18:30
Where? Impulse - Speakers Corner
By whom? Anneke Valk - Teacher @ WUR & sports instructor

19:30 - 21:30 Film | First Reformed

Film: First Reformed

“CineScience gives you unique and accessible insights in the scientific work of Wageningen researchers while enjoying an inspirational night at the cinema. The film First Reformed will be introduced by Dr. Abigail Muscat ”A lonely and depressed pastor of a small historical church, Ernst, suffers from extreme PTSD and guilt after a parishioner's spouse takes his own life. This suicide is a trigger point for Ernst as it brings back painful and regretful memories of his own son. He soon spirals out of control.Dr. Abigail Muscat on "First Reformed"

How to deal with climate depression? In First Reformed, a grieving priest is tasked with giving council to an emotionally unstable environmentalist who has given up hope that the world will heal from climate change. In her talk, dr. Abigail Muscat talks about the role of hope on a heating planet. Inspired by the philosophical works of Hannah Arendt and Albert Camus, she asks the same questions facing the priest: Should we continue to hope for a better future? And can we look at ‘hope’ as a skill that can be developed? Questions relevant for many of us these days, and a relevant topic to touch upon during WUR’s Surf Your Stress Week.

For whom Open to every one
When? 19:30 - 21:30
Where? Heerenstraat Theater
By whom? Introduction by Dr. Abigail Muscat

20:00 - 21:30 Rest, Relax, Recharge (& be a Happy Student)

Marjan Blaauwgeers - De gelukkige student

How can you manage your stress levels, experience a more balanced life, and overall become a happier student? Look forward to a fun, light- hearted and practical workshop, despite the serious subject matter.

The techniques and exercises in this workshop, will help you to get a better grip on your stress level and improve your mental well-being.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 20:00 - 21:30
Where? Forum - C0222
By whom? Marian Blaauwgeers / De Gelukkige Student

Thursday, 17 November

09:30 - 16:30 Chair Massages (FULL - but check for last minute availability)

Chair massage by MassageProfs

Every day during the Surf your Stress week, you can get a free chair massage (20 min) on campus. A professional massage therapist relaxes tense muscles in your upper body (back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands). Massage helps you relax, can increase energy levels and concentration, and reduce fatigue and headaches. During the session, which is performed on a special massage chair, you keep your clothes on. 

(To register click 'afspraaktype' and select a location /date. Then select a timeslot. You can register for one session only. All registrations after the first session will be cancelled to give other students the chance to enjoy this relaxing experience.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 09:30 - 16:30
Where? Aurora Cafeteria
By whom? MassageProfs

10:15 - 11:00 Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Join our daily mindfulness meditation. Recharge and restart with new focus and enthusiasm! The workshops will be led by qualified instructors of Spectrum (Student Platform & Chaplaincy). 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 10:15 - 11:00h
Where? Forum - Room V0031 & V0034
By whom? Spectrum Wageningen

12:00 - 13:30 Breathing space - studying relaxed

Breathing Space - young man meditating outdoors

The moment you say you need some breathing space, often – unconsciously – you let out a deep sigh; as if your body is giving you permission to relax. Breathing techniques help you to experience more clarity and focus. Also, breathing right improves your sleep. Do you want more insight into the relationship between stress, tension and breathing? Do you want to learn to listen to your body? During this workshop, you will learn about how your breathing, emotions, thoughts, tension and relaxation are continuously influencing each other. Also we will focus on recognising daily signals from your body and how you can influence them during stressful situations. There is also a 4-session training available through Student Training and Support: Breathing Space: Studying Relaxed - WUR (start 14 Nov). 

Marjon van Opijnen
For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? Forum - B0103
By whom? Marjon van Opijnen

15:30 - 16:30 Power Yoga

Power Yoga

Every day there is a different type of yoga lesson that you can try. Today a yoga instructor of SC de Bongerd introduces you to Power Yoga, an active, quite physical form of yoga that is derived from Ashtanga Yoga. Yoga is known for it’s relaxing and strengthening qualities. While keeping attention to your breath, you move through different postures that promote your physical and mental wellbeing.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 15:30 - 16:30
Where? SC de Bongerd - Room 1
By whom? Yoga instructor SC de Bongerd

14:00 - 16:00 Master Your Thesis Stress

Stressed out  female student wit laptop and cute little dog. Photo: Alexander Grey- Unsplash

How easy is your thesis? Are you breezing through or stressing out? Chances are, your thesis period is really stressful. Most students report the thesis to be the most feared part of all studies. As a result, many of you suffer from lack of motivation, high procrastination, stress, and anxiety.  How will you keep yourself happy, your life zen and your stress under control? Check out this workshop if you want to keep yourself happy, your life zen and your stress under control. Kinge Siljee is the expert most often cited on the topics of managing thesis stress and procrastination, and founder of Studiemeesters.  

For whom Students & PhD
When? 14:00 - 16:00
Where? Aurora - I9236
By whom? Kinge Siljee / Studiemeesters

20:00 - 22:00 Storytelling night | Culture Shock

Emma Holmes, host of the Storytelling Night - Culture Shock

Wageningen is jam packed with all kinds of people from all around the globe. That being said, integrating from one culture to another is usually a bumpy ride involving hilarious miscommunications and befuddlement at what might be considered "normal".Join us for a hilarious, moving and, at times, awe-inspiring evening of stories told by Wageningen residents about their personal experiences navigating between their different cultural worlds. 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 20:00- 22:00
Where? Theatre De Wilde Wereld
By whom? Hosted by: Emma Holmes

Friday, 18 November

09:30 - 16:30 Chair Massages (FULL - but check for last minute availability)

Chair massage by MassageProfs

Every day during the Surf your Stress week, you can get a free chair massage (20 min) on campus. A professional massage therapist relaxes tense muscles in your upper body (back, shoulders, neck, head, arms and hands). Massage helps you relax, can increase energy levels and concentration, and reduce fatigue and headaches. During the session, which is performed on a special massage chair, you keep your clothes on. 

To register click 'afspraaktype' and select a location /date. Then select a timeslot. You can register for one session only. All registrations after the first session will be cancelled to give other students the chance to enjoy this relaxing experience.

For whom Students & PhD
When? 09:30 - 16:30
Where? Leeuwenborch Cafeteria
By whom? MassageProfs

10:15 - 11:00 Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation

Join our daily mindfulness meditation. Recharge and restart with new focus and enthusiasm! The workshops will be led by qualified instructors of Spectrum (Student Platform & Chaplaincy). 

For whom Students & PhD
When? 10:15 - 11:00h
Where? Forum - Room V0031 & V0034
By whom? Spectrum Wageningen

12:00 - 13:30 Climate Anxiety - How to deal with it (FULL)

Climate protesters - Photo: Mika Baumeister on Unsplash

Are you at times overwhelmed by the information about climate change and ecological collapse? Do you feel powerless in the face of large-scale processes that affect our climate and environment? Join this workshop to support and empower yourself for these challenging times. Tap into your inner strength, courage and inspiration. 

Climate anxiety is a combination of feelings that someone can experience when having concerns about the state of the world. In this workshop we will explore ways in which we can become more resilient in facing climate anxiety. We make space for our feelings - for example grief - and find solace in the fact that we are not alone. Through listening to our emotions, we also hear what they have to tell us about our commitment to a healthy planet. We release some of the weight we feel on our shoulders and explore ways for moving into action. Action can then be grounded from a place of inner strength and inspired by active hope

For whom Students & PhD
When? 12:00 - 13:30
Where? Forum - Room B0625
By whom? Manon Danker, sociologist and environmentalist