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Week 1: 18 till 24 January

Monday 18 January

We all know the struggle: pandemic, online studying, lack of social interaction. All of this together might bring our mood, motivation and general mental as well as physical well-being down. Even though we know it is better to deal with it as soon as possible, we might put it in the furthest drawer and do not pay attention to it. However, it is important to speak up, share and cope with it as we are all in it together. Do you want to know more about well-being and how to maintain it? Or do you have any questions about it but haven’t had a chance yet to ask it? Then join our student panel discussion organized by the POPcorner with Wellbeing Officer, Angela van der Lans, on students' well-being where you will be able to ask questions, get to know how to deal with some problems or where to seek help.

This is an online activity. Join via Teams

Eating healthy and good food is also a part of your wellbeing. But planning what you are going to eat when you have little time, little imagination and/or a small budget is not always easy. In this meeting we are going to share with each other nice recipes that are healthy, easy to make and tasty!

Have at least one recipe that you like ready before you come to the meeting so that you can share this with others. The recipe must be: healthy, relatively easy to make and the ingredients not too expensive. And yummy ofcourse!

Dates and subjects in this series:
18 January: vegetarian or vegan recipes
25 January: meat based recipes
1 February: fish based recipes
8 February: deserts, cookies and cake

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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Dance like no one is watching on cheerful Latin music. The movements are easy to follow, so let go of your hips.

This is an online activity. Join via Instagram

Tuesday 19 January

An intensive cardio workout, train your fitness and let your heart and lungs work. Work is done in intervals for a very efficient workout. The steps are simple, so easy to follow even for beginners.

This is an online activity. Join via Instagram

Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. A good night's sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and recharge and increases productivity and concentration during the day. Within the framework of the Student Wellbeing Weeks, we offer online group coaching sessions focused on improving sleep patterns. Topics that will be discussed are sleep hygiene, negative thoughts, managing stress, relaxation techniques, and personal lifestyle issues.

Please note: this activity consists of four sessions:

  • Tuesday 19 January 11.00 - 13.00
  • Tuesday 26 January 11.00 - 13.00
  • Tuesday 2 February 11.00 - 13.00
  • Tuesday 9 February 11.00 - 13.00

If you sign up for this activity, we expect you to take part in all four sessions.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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How do you maintain your motivation and deal with problems in Covid times? This interactive online workshop series enables you to learn from the circumstances and develop personal leadership. We all need a sense of where we are going in life and our purpose is. Normally we take this for granted, but the world in this Corona era has changed. Due to Covid restrictions we depend more on our inner social circles. Lacking the inspiration of collaboration and new encounters, it may be difficult to keep ourselves motivation. Nevertheless, this can be also productive. In this series of three meetings we will discuss useful philosophical insights for living through this period. You will learn about the different phases of a crisis, and how to be open to new perspectives. Letting go of old expectations allows us to find new motivation, which will be valuable long after the crisis.

Please note: this activity consists of three sessions:

Tuesday 19 January 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 26 January 15.00 – 16.30
Tuesday 2 February 15.00 – 16.30

If you sign up for this activity, we expect you to take part in all sessions.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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Wies Schreurs is 23 years old and studies Law and Middle East Studies. She will tell about her personal struggles in the first year of her studies, and how she asked for help at the time. Godert Ponsen is 22 years old and now in his third year of Medicine. He will talk about how you can develop yourself in other areas outside of your studies and how he does this during his student time. Wies and Godert are eager to meet you (online)!

Registration

This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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Wednesday 20 January

Everybody developes habits that you would rather not have. This can be anything from biting your nails to going to bed too late, studying too little or too much, not exercising or looking at your phone too much etcetera.  In this four week course you can determine what your habit is and develop and execute a plan to actually change that habit. Changing a habit is harder than you think. Starting can be easy, but persevering harder! That’s why we meet up four times, to get you further along in the process of really changing that habit you want to get rid of.

Please note: this activity consists of four sessions:

Wednesday 20 January 10.00 – 11.00
Wednesday 27 January 10.00 – 11.00
Wednesday 3 February 10.00 – 11.00
Wednesday 10 February 10.00 – 11.00

If you sign up for this activity, we expect you to take part in all four sessions.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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 What knowledge, skills and qualities do you already have to distinguish yourself on the job market? It can be difficult to see this in yourself, because it is very normal for you and you may always act in this way. This workshop is intended for students and recent graduates who want to get a better picture of themselves and how to use this in their (study) career.

The aim of this workshop is to gain insight into your knowledge, competences and qualities. Outlined by some theory about the labor market and personal development, the focus of this workshop will be on exercises to clarify what you have to offer. This self-knowledge helps you introduce yourself better to possible employers.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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 Are you the kind of person who finds catharsis through singing poorly in front of friends and strangers? Do you bottle up all of the emotions of your stressful days, unleashing them in an over-the-top and off-tune performance? Do you really wish you could sing right now, shouting into a microphone as the world around you spins wildly out of control? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this is a course for you! . This workshop will help all those who want to overcome their vocal barriers and take their singing ability to the next level. Bring your favorite songs to the lesson and see what happens.
 
Teacher: "When people ask me what style of music I teach, I say, 'Anything that is sung with passion'."

Aleksandra Popovska’s career spans two decades and several countries; she is known internationally as a singer, voice teacher, composer, and community choir's leader. Her work has taken her to over fifteen countries collaborating and inspiring many students and artists. She was trained in various music disciplines (voice, a composition for media, music education, and music production) in  The Netherlands, UK and Macedonia.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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What effects does the COVID-19 pandemic have on the mental health of students? This workshop will address this question by discussing the results of the online Caring Universities questionnaire sent out this year. In addition, we will introduce you to the online interventions of Caring Universities. We are going to do workshop exercises from an intervention that will help you generate positivity and make things look brighter!

Take part via Microsoft Teams.

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This powerful and dynamic form of yoga strengthens and relaxes your muscles. A lot of attention is paid to good posture and finally well-deserved relaxation.

This is an online activity. Join via Instagram

Thursday 21 January

Sharing silence, insights and support with others can be powerful. During this meditation, we will practice a variety of techniques ranging from insight-meditation, body-scan and love and kindness meditation. No prior experience is needed. In this meditation session there is also space to share about the meditation. Feel welcome to join!

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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Shape your body, during the cardio part you’ll train your heart and lungs and during the strength part your abs, booty and legs.

This is an online activity. Join via Youtube

Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. A good night's sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and recharge and increases productivity and concentration during the day. Within the framework of the Student Wellbeing Weeks, we offer online group coaching sessions focused on improving sleep patterns. Topics that will be discussed are sleep hygiene, negative thoughts, managing stress, relaxation techniques, and personal lifestyle issues.

Please note: this activity consists of four sessions:

  • Thursday 21 January 11.00 - 13.00
  • Thursday 28 January 11.00 - 13.00
  • Thursday 4 February 11.00 - 13.00
  • Thursday 11 February 11.00 - 13.00

If you sign up for this activity, we expect you to take part in all four sessions.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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All you need and want to know about regulations, rights and financial obligations during your stay in the Netherlands. How to recognise important letters, where to go when you need help solving financial problems. How to avoid financial stress and learn what it does to you physically and mentally. The volunteers of SchuldHulpMaatje Leiden are ready to inform you and answer any questions you might have!

This is an online activity. Join via Teams.

Friday 22 January

Mindful walking is not about arriving at your destination or rushing to finish your walk, but it is simply about being mindful that you are walking and that you are breathing. We arrive with every step. Walk leisurely and peacefully, with soft eyes and gentle breathing. We will take a walk of about 25 minutes around the Haagse Bos, a beautiful forest in the heart of The Hague. Walking meditation is first and foremost a practice to bring body and mind together peacefully.

Location
The Hague

Registration
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We are all familiar with the story of Katherine Johnson, one of the Hidden Figures in Margot Lee Shetterley’s eponymous text. Johnson was one of the few African American human computers who developed the mathematics which made John Glenn’s 1962 orbit of the Earth successful. At the same time, Vivienne Malone Mayes struggled to receive her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas. Although she was not allowed to teach classes or attend study groups because of her race, she would become the first African American woman to receive a doctorate in mathematics when she graduated in 1966. In this talk, we share stories of being Black in academia, provide some insight on the experiences of Black undergraduates in STEM and introduce some best practices for recruiting and retaining Black faculty.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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The same pandemic is affecting us all, but its impact varies depending on our personal situation. To be able to grasp the key issues facing the student community, the University conducted a survey on online education and COVID-19. Where do we stand now, and what needs to happen next? This panel will bring together the experiences and perspectives of students, lecturers, support staff and administrators to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on students and staff and how diversity and inclusion can be addressed in the context of online education.

Registration
This is an online activity. Available places are limited, so make sure to register early! After registering, you will receive the link to this activity via email.

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High Intensity Interval Training, powerful explosive movements and short breaks alternate. During this full body workout, you’ll do many exercises with your own body weight, including pushups, squats, burpees and planking.

This is an online activity. Join via Instagram

Saturday 23 January

Balance your body. In a very controlled way you strengthen the muscles of your core to improve your posture and increase your body awareness.

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Sunday 24 January

Original Jamaican dancehall is combined with commercial style, popular dance moves. This makes the class fun and varied and suitable for dancers of all levels. Put on your best sneakers & come Wine with us!

This is an online activity. Join via Instagram

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