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JongVUmc, an organisation of young healthcare professionals working at the VUmc hospital in Zuidas Amsterdam, came back to The Green Living Lab this week to attend a special lecture on how to prevent burnout, by Cuna Knegt from Arts in Balans. They heard how stress management is key for their health and for sustainable careers as healthcare professionals.

Sadly, the number of young people in The Netherlands suffering from burnout is steadily increasing. Three in four students in The Netherlands are emotionally exhausted and one in three has an increased risk of a burn-out. One in seven students suffer from severe anxiety and depression complaints.

Something must be done and done now, in order to prevent this health crisis from spiralling further. Thankfully government and leading educational organisations including the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUAmsterdam) are coming together to take action and to focus on increasing student welfare and health, including increasing the awareness of burnout, its prevention, and assistance in dealing with its effects.

JongVUMc heard how preventing burnout is of paramount importance, as burnout can cause serious health issues. Overcoming the effects of burnout can be a timely (and costly) process for everyone.

Students, don’t wait to burnout as it can take a long time to heal again. Take care of yourselves, and don’t wait to burnout only to have a doctor tell you to spend time in nature to feel better. This is the advice that is currently given to sufferers of burnout. Make sure you get outside into nature at least 20 minutes every day, or as often as you can. Nature’s restorative powers for stress relief are unsurpassable, and they are free!

The Green Living Lab has been designed in harmony with our beautiful natural surroundings on the VU campus, so that students and guests can destress and feel great while they study, work, learn or socialise.

Having more nature integrated into our urban landscapes is part of the solution to help young people, and the wider public, to destress. Nature is a healing influence in our city, and we need it close and within sight, for a healthy and vital city.

Come visit The Green Living Lab to stop a while in nature, to hunt for strawberries, to observe our blossoming education garden, to relax in our willow circle, or to hold your work meetings, trainings or private events. The energising power of spending time in this special natural paradise will help you leave your stress behind.

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Winter is coming! The days are getting shorter, and you feel like sleeping longer.

However, at the Green Living Lab, we’re not going to sleep!

Come and warm yourself by our rocket stove, and enjoy the events we have planned in our Winter Wonderland.

Event times and content are subject to change, so please check the event info here on our Facebook page.

Winter Programme

 

It was lovely to see students from the VU, UvA, TU Delft & AUC studying in the dome at the 4th edition of the Green Living Library!

Students tell us that their study time inside the dome is more productive that studying in a library. The view of the surrounding garden from inside the dome and the generally grounding atmosphere of our natural environment encourages concentration to help students get work done faster, and with less stress.

If you are a university student and would like to experience the effects of studying in nature for yourself you are welcome to join our next Green Living Library day on Thursday 30th March, 10am – 6pm.

We are now leading short group study breaks where we work in the garden together, aimed at helping students take time out from the mental focus of their studies and to relax by grounding in nature.

To reserve your study place in the dome, please email your name & a copy of a valid student card before Tuesday 28th March to: library@greenlivinglab.org

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