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How do I stay mentally healthy?

The coronavirus has still not disappeared. Teaching is basically on campus. We do remain dependent on state measures, especially now there is another upswing in the number of infections.
But whether there is on line or on campus education, keep trying to meet again with respect to the Corona rules. We keep promoting mental wellness for everybody. You are not alone in this!

Studying in a foreign city, living together with new people, whether or not you are forced to stay with family because you do not yet have housing in Tilburg: it asks a lot of you to live together, to study, to build a social life and a network.  On this page you will find tips and advice to maintain and increase your mental well-being. What can you do? And where can you turn when things are not going so well for you?

How do you maintain a balance between effort and relaxation?

Tilburg University is doing its best to continue its educational activities online, and on campus as much as possible. For you as a student, it is also important that you try to follow as closely as possible the subject matter offered to you and keep up with your studies in that way. This requires a lot of discipline and flexibility. 

To help you with this, you will find a number of tips below. Univers has tested a number of tips from this page. Watch this video (with English subtitles) to see how you liked it...

If you need extra help, it is quite normal. Please do not hesitate to aks help, see the bottom of this page what Tilburg University can do for you.

Update November 24

Do you know the International Center Tilburg in the city center?  They have a Well-being task force and offer a range of activities, such as a listening ear, workshops, tools and professional help.

They also organize a lot of community events, information about part-time jobs, Duth courses, help & advice etc. See International Center.

Update October 14

In your daily life, do you often get swallowed up by everything that happens only in your head? So that you are not really present? Meditation helps you to come back to the here and now and thus back to yourself.

During meditation you sit in silence and focus your attention on your body, your breathing. Only to be inevitably distracted again by the thoughts that keep coming anyway. The exercise is to just let the thoughts come and then let them go again. Just as you breathe in and breathe out. Doing this regularly gives you peace, energy and insight. And doing it together makes the exercise even stronger.

Therefore, every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, between 12:45 and 13:15, there is an opportunity to meditate together in the Zwijsen building. Entry from 12:30. You are most welcome.

Update October 8

Our student psychologist Margreet van Laarhoven and Gerine Lodder of TSB give tips  against loneliness in this video. Also read  an inteview with them about Social life after Corona: "Picking up the thread  will take some getting used to".

How do I take good care of myself and keep track of my studies?
I sometimes feel depressed and lonely. What can I do about it?
What do you do when you already have or get psychological problems?

Also important

Avoid alcohol and drugs, excessive news consumption and mulling.

In case of symptoms of illness or a personal crisis, contact your GP immediately.

Outside office hours with the central GP post Tilburg (tel. +31 (0)85 - 5360300).

The emergency number of the crisis intervention team Tilburg e.o. is 0800 - 8013, available day and night for acute emergencies of someone in your surroundings (so not when you yourself are in distress).

If you have thoughts of suicide and want to speak to someone right away, call: +31 (0)900 - 0113 or chat:  www.113.nl

Tilburg University offers: 

Tilburg University helpline

Are you experiencing  personal, mental or emotional problems  and have nowhere to turn? Please, do not hesitate to anonymously call the Tilburg University special helpline: +31 (0)6 - 28 771 262. The helpline is available from 08:00 - 23:00 hrs and is intended for all students.

You can contact the helpline anonymously for a personal consultation and a listening ear.  Also when you experience complaints of a depressive nature such as sadness and anxiety, panic and anxiety, lethargy and fatigue, sleep problems and stress. The helpline offers support and the help is noncommittal and anonymous.