The Faculty of Natural Sciences wants to be a good and healthy workplace for all employees and students.
The faculty sees stress as a shared challenge and a joint responsibility. Therefore, we want to ensure that everyone actively takes responsibility for promoting well-being and preventing stress in their daily lives.
The Danish union DM and the consolidation of Danish universities have collaborated on an inspirational catalogue on the well-being of PhD students based on input from all eight universities in Denmark. The catalogue contains various workplace initiatives that can be implemented in order to create better conditions for junior researchers and promote well-being. The target group of the catalogue is everybody involved in the PhD education i.e. PhD students, supervisors, research leaders, PhD school leaders and administration.
Below you can learn about the three stress zones and what you can do to handle your situation. Furthermore, you can 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.
Long periods of stress can trigger a number of physical and psychological symptoms that may have a negative impact on work capacity and health.
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.