How to handle stress: understanding, managing & reducing stress during your PhD

29. Nov 2022 - 30. Nov 2022
President's Office | Staff Unit University Development
Dr. Anna Maria Beck
Event type
  • Target groups: doctoral candidates
  • Language: English
  • Date/Time: 29.11.2022 & 30.11.2022, 1st day 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., 2nd day 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Occupied places: 10/12
  • Deadline of registration: 13.11.2022

Workshop content

Effective stress management is a prerequisite for being able to cope with the demands of everyday life as a doctoral student, which is often also characterized by work and family responsibilities. In this context, doctoral candidates must know their needs, be aware of typical stress warning signs and take care of their psychological, physical and social well-being.

In the workshop, we will cover the following topics:

  • Psychoeducation: what is stress and how does it develop?
  • Typical stressors during doctoral studies
  • The role of mindset: developing a helpful inner attitude towards stress
  • Reflection: individual stressors and resources
  • Mindfulness as a basis for stress management and how to integrate it into everyday (work) life
  • The role of self-efficacy & self-responsibility for dealing with stress
  • Practical stress management strategies
  • Stress prevention: how do I avoid unnecessary stress?

Participants are encouraged to reflect on their personal approach to stress, become aware of their stress warning signs and find healthy coping strategies. Typical intrapsychic causes of stress during the PhD, such as inner beliefs and drivers, as well as structural aspects (diversity dimensions, hierarchies in the doctoral process) are also addressed.

About the coach

Dr. Anna Maria Beck has a PhD in English Literature and has been working as a coach for PhD students since 2017. After having experienced impostor syndrome and perfectionism during her own PhD, which culminated in severe writer’s block, she set out to find a way how PhD candidates can work on their mindset, regulate their emotions and develop healthy habits to reduce stress and create a life and career that is enjoyable and fulfilling. She is now a systemic coach and also trained in Wingwave®, EFT* (Emotional Freedom Technique*), hypnosis and PAC® (Prüfungs- und Auftrittscoaching).


You can find the registration form here.

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