Self-care for Health Care Workers

Friday 22nd of March 2024 9.00-17.15 &

Friday 12th of April 2024 9.00-17.30

At Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing 

Most health care providers are motivated by a deep desire to care for others and often forget to care for themselves. They might feel that it is selfish or they simply do not have the time to develop personal strategies for self-care and resilience. However, if we constantly work ourselves to the limit, we will not have the required energy to help others in the ways we would like to, and our own physical and mental well-being will suffer.

Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing and Thriving Life are offering an intense mindfulness course over 2 workdays, with support to establish a regular mindfulness practice in between and after. Participants will leave with skills and knowledge to cope with the demands of their profession.

Participants will gain:

  • Knowledge and practical ways to cope with stress
  • Emotional awareness and resilience
  • Enhanced focus and attention
  • Improved patient care and communication
  • Increased (self-)compassion
  • Knowledge of ways to practice self-care and well-being
  • Resilience in the face of adversity
  • An opportunity to identify their personal self-care habits


Outline of course

The course follows the structure of the well-known evidence-based Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course, but condensed into two full days. The teacher will support the participants online in building a daily practice in the two weeks between the course-days.

Day one Friday 24rd of November 9.00-17.15

Session 1 What is Mindfulness?

Session 2 Gathering the scattered mind

Session 3 What is Stress: patterns of reactivity

Session 4 Coping: responding vs reacting

Day two Friday 8th of December 9.00-17.30

Session 5 Mindful of Thoughts

Session 6 Mindful of Emotions

Session 7 Cultivating Compassion

Session 8 A Mindful Life


The teacher

The teacher Berit Lewis is an experienced and accredited Mindfulness Teacher, who has carried out research on mindfulness and ageing in cooperation with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) and Leyden Academy. Berit is also the author of the book Ageing Upwards, a mindfulness-based framework for the longevity revolution.


€ 750,- excl. 21% btw. This includes lunch, drinks, coffee, tea and the book Ageing Upwards by Berit Lewis

Please sign up by filling in the form. The sign up is not binding. After signing up you will receive an invite from the teacher for a 30 min pre-course virtual interview. This will ensure that you feel safe and that it is the right time for your to learn mindfulness. 



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