Aarhus University wants to be a good and healthy workplace for all employees and students. AU sees stress as a shared challenge and a joint responsibility. Therefore, the university wants to ensure that everyone actively takes responsibility for promoting well-being and preventing stress in their daily lives.
Below, please find some useful content and tools to help you – as a PhD student or PhD supervisor – to prevent and manage stress in relation to PhD studies. Learn about the three stress zones and what you can do to handle your situation, or find help to identify signs of stress and trigger factors.
Stress is a physical and psychological reaction to overload. Stress is not always unhealthy. Basically, you can talk about stress as being in the well-being, the risk and the danger zone.
Even when we are thriving and feeling well, it is natural to experience brief periods of stress. As long as the stress is temporary, it is an appropriate reaction that helps us to overcome strain.
Here is what you can do to promote well-being and prevent stress:
Long periods of stress can trigger a number of physical and psychological symptoms that may have a negative impact on work capacity and health.
Here is how you can detect and react to unhealthy stress:
If your stress is not reduced and a balance re-established, stress can have more serious consequences and constitute a genuine threat to both your health and your working capacity. Even though stress affects the individual, his or her surroundings play an important role. There are factors both in an employee’s private life and his or her working life that can either aggravate or help protect against stress.
Here is how you can handle reduced working capacity and illness due to longterm stress: