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Well-being Week

  • Allard Linhout
  • Merijn Tinga
  • Eline Wierstra
  • Isabelle Feteris
  • Duco Krijvenaar
  • Jurgen Spelbos
Monday 1 April 2019 - Friday 5 April 2019
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Steps

From 1 to 5 April, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs organises its first Well-being Week. During this week we want to create awareness among students about the well-being of yourself and each other. We high light five themes of well-being: Body, Spirit, People, Mind, Place. We organise various activities which represent these five themes. Every day on the Spanish Steps an activity is organised to create awareness on well-being. You can also attend other activities during this week: a HIIT training at the Buzz, get to know your study advisor or drink coffee with a stranger! Check the programme below. 

Monday 1 April: Body

13:00 – 14:30 Lecture and Q&A Lessons from Top Sports

Allard Lindhout, professional football referee will give a presentation about the dedication that you need to achieve your objectives, mirrored to modern professional football. He will tell his story about the spirit, energy, planning skills and awareness he needed at the age when he was a student himself. How do you deal with temptations and staying focused to get where you want to be?

Furthermore two students of Leiden University will do a story telling about their experiences combine top sport and study. The two students are:

Isabelle Feteris, Master student Psychology. Isabelle (24) is not only a girl with brains but a girl with muscles as well. The sport Isabelle does, is powerlifting and it is a sport where you have to lift as many kilo's as possible. Her goal was to be one of the strongest woman in the world and she reached this goal. Isabelle won several medals in the World and European championships and she became the best benchpresser of Europe. Isabelle is going to share the upside of this sport and combining it with my master, but also the downside

Duco Krijvenaar, Bachelor student of Medicine. Duco is the Dutch Champion Judo under 21 category up to 100kg. Duco started with his judo career at the age of 3 at Beverwijk Sportschool de Lange. At first recreational and especially for fun, but when he and his parents noticed that he kept winning tournaments, they started looking for a more professional Judo club. Through a friend of Duco, he came to Kenamju in Haarlem, one of the best clubs in the Netherlands with a rich history of European and world champions. Duco has been judo there for about 6 years now. Duco’s first success was winning a silver medal at the Dutch Championship for up to 15 years. Then he knew for sure: this tastes like more.

Tuesday 2 April: Spirit

15:00 – 16:00 Mindfulness

The Buddhist name of Mindfulness is Samma Sati. It has been used in Buddhism for 2000 years. Minfulness is part of the eightfold path. This has the purpose to control and calm the flow of thought, leading to a state of nirvana; happiness. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.

Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that you pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there is a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When you practice mindfulness, your thoughts tune into what you are sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.

Scientific research has shown that Mindfulness has an important role in reducing and reducing stress-related complaints, depression and anxiety. In addition, Mindfulness improves your memory, concentration, self-insight and gives peace. Mindfulness can also help you learn how to deal with chronic pain complaints.

In cooperation with University Sports Centre (USC) Eline Wierstra will give a mindfulness workshop at our Spanish Steps.

During this workshop you learn exercises to recognise signals and you can effectively influence your behavior and you ensure that stress does not control your life.

In your daily life there are many things that require your attention: study, work, friends, an association, etc. It can be difficult to manage all these of things, as a result: stress.

About the Mindfulness Trainer

Eline is an enthusiastic, creative and energetic High Performance and Vitality coach. Her drive is to challenge and inspire people, to achieve optimum performance and to grow personally and professionally. She guides people in maintaining or regaining their vitality. For years she has been studying how you can create a physical and mental balance in a lasting, fast and pleasant way in order to achieve optimum performance. She uses her knowledge from Mindfulness, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) biofeedback equipment and respiratory therapy to work on this balance.

With her background in (top) sport and her experience as a trainer and coach, she uses a practical and concrete method. Central is: What do I have in practice and how can I apply this now or in the future?

Wednesday 3 April: People

13:30 – 14:30 Lecture Diversity and Inclusivity

Will you help? In the coming period, FGGA will be working on an inclusiveness policy to create an atmosphere in which students and staff feel even more pleasant and safer. There is already a university-wide inclusiveness policy, but the Faculty of Governance and Global Aff airs is now also making a faculty plan. How do we ensure that we treat each other even better?

Do you have ideas or suggestions? Listen on Wednesday 3 April from 13.15 to 14.15 on the Spanish Steps to experts from inside and outside the university and participate!

Thursday 4 April: Mind

16:00 – 17:00 How Do You Experience Less Stress? With Jurgen Spelbos (in Dutch)

Jurgen Spelbos, stress expert and founder of the Center for Stressology, will give a lecture about the relationship between nutrition and stress. Not only do we have more stress due to more pressure and an abundance of stimuli, we almost all have nutrient deficiencies, which means that we have become less stress-resistant.

Not only vitamins and minerals are important, neurotransmitters also play a major role when it comes to feeling good and being less troubled by stress, anxiety, sleep problems, lack of energy and depression. Neurotransmitters are messenger substances through which our brain cells, the neurons, can communicate with each other. Neurotransmitters have everything to do with evoking emotions such as fear or joy, they largely determine how we feel. The four most important neurotransmitters are dopamine, acetylcholine, gaba (gamma-amino butyric acid) and serotonin.

Stress can be relieved considerably by supplementing shortages of neutrotransmitters. Jurgen will tell you more about this topic.

Get more out of the lecture and do the Bravermantest in advance (in Dutch). 

Friday 5 April: Place

13:00 – 14:00 Sustainability: What could we do? A Story by Merijn Tinga

Merijn Tinga, better known as The Plastic Soup Surfer, is on a mission. He wants to stop the increasing plastic pollution of the marine environment. His campaigns are aimed at preventing plastic litter. Merijn Tinga is an alumnus of Leiden University (trained biologist), has a career as a visual artist and in now a full time plastic activist. The Plastic Soup Surfer fights plastic pollution using his surfboard as a weapon. His campaigns combine plastic pollution awareness with creativity, innovation and constructive calls to action. Merijn tells you more about his campaign at the Spanish Steps on Friday from 13:00 until 14:00.

Will you help to make the world more sustainable? Merijn also gives you practical tips on what you can do. Because together can solve the problem. ASAP.

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