23 October 2018

Well-being Movement UM presents the Well-being Week 2018

The Well-being Movement (WBM) is an initiative by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN), the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE), the Student Services Centre (SSC) and the UM Psychologists, promoting physical and mental well-being at Maastricht University. This year the Well-being Week will take place from 29 October until 1 November with the core theme ‘Resilience’. This week is also the kick-off of the movement.

The WBM offers students the tools towards a healthy and happy student life. The movement has been created to offer information and training regarding well-being in many forms, such as relaxation, sports, study skills and other helpful resources. The aim of the Well-being Movement is to raise awareness about wellbeing topics and to promote physical and mental wellbeing among students.

One of the main components is the Well-being Week. A week full of lectures, workshops and other activities centred around the themes:

  • Move (take a break sessions, sport activities)
  • Relax (workshops on meditation, yoga, mindfulness)
  • Connect (social activities by student associations)
  • Inform yourself (open access website, information stand and lectures)
  • Express yourself (workshops on creativity and more)

The activities take place across FPN and the inner city UM locations. The main programme welcomes students of all faculties. You can find the full programme here.

After the Well-being Week more events will be organised to emphasise the importance of health and well-being among students.

Romain Hollands, project leader of Well-being Movement UM: “During my master’s I gained a lot of insight regarding the atmosphere within different study programmes. Students put a lot of time into their studies, which is good, but they tend to forget to stand still and reflect on how they are doing as a person. Stressed, busy and tired are normal states of mind that no one worries about anymore. The Well-being Movement aims to create more attention for the personal development of students in as many ways possible. By doing this, we hope that students will learn and become more aware of themselves as a person and of their feelings. I myself always took on many tasks during my time as a student. When things started to change in my personal life I slowly sank deeper and deeper, but I did not realise what was happening until it was too late. At that moment, it is very hard to get yourself back on track. If I had listened to my body better and would have had the handles to deal with it, I could have saved myself a lot of stress, energy and emotion.”

Wendy Geijen, UM Psychologist: “I think it is important to raise awareness about well-being and for students to not forget about their own well-being. The Well-being Movement is a great way to remind them to take care of themselves every once in a while by the means of workshops, lectures, challenges and more. We acknowledge that student life not only consists of studying, but relaxing and taking care of oneself is very important as well. We also hope that we can offer some prevention so students will be able to take care of themselves before it is too late.”  

Tessa Vanheeswijck, Student Counsellor: “I think the Well-being Week and the Well-being Movement are important to raise awareness about well-being and paying attention to self-care to provide a counterweight to the ever-increasing pressure in our society. The topic of Wellbeing is of all times and places, and at the same time very current. After having seen examples of awareness weeks at higher education institutions abroad, I was convinced that this could be something worthwhile for our students and staff at Maastricht University! Fortunately, the students and other departments came up with the same idea almost simultaneously. It was very motivating to see so many people excited about setting up an awareness week regarding mental and physical wellbeing. Of course, one week is not enough to cover all wellbeing-related aspects. This is why I am very happy that in only 2 years’ time this grew out to be a year-round Movement. This was only able through joint forces and a lot of hard work and dedication from all the contributing parties at respective faculties and the Student Service Center. For me, this project shows that when the time is right, bringing together enthusiastic and engaged people can lead to beautiful results which we can be very proud of! With the Wellbeing week we hope to plant a seed that we can keep nourishing with our whole community.”

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By: Ninih Vang