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Intervention group

To build resilience against stress we have selected different interventions for our programs. There is evidence to suggest effectiveness of these interventions.  All the interventions are free for the participants of the DESTRESS study and each program will last 8 or 9 weeks. If you enjoyed the program or if the program has had positive results on your stress reduction, you will be given the opportunity to continue the intervention. If this is not the case, you can try another program.

Some interventions are in the form of e-health, which means there is no face-to-face contact, instead the intervention will be given through an application on your smartphone / tablet or via an e-course on a website. The music intervention is in the form of e-health. With the aikido and mindfulness intervention you will have the option to choose between the e-health form or the blended form. The other interventions are in the blended form. This means that you will have weekly sessions with a trained instructor and you will be encouraged to practice at home with the e-health variant.

All programs are free of charge. The programs will be paid for you as a participant and you can attend the group sessions for free. Any material that is needed for the program will be provided by us.

Erasmus MC is providing funding and we are putting a lot of time and effort in all of the programs, so we expect you to do your part: show up at the assigned program, do the exercises, and fill out the questionnaires honestly.  In extraordinary situations, like sickness, it is okay to miss a session. We understand that everyone has responsibilities and that something can always happen.

Under this paragraph you will find information about when the programs will take place. All programs will take place in or close to the Erasmus MC. Changes of location or time will be announced via an e-mail that will be sent to your registered email account.

The resilience training programs will start from April 19th. Dates can vary because of the holidays. Check the exact dates in the e-mail that you will receive, if you have been selected for an intervention.


Due to the corona pandemic, we are not able to offer the Running intervention this round.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on Wednesdays 18:00 – 20:00, starting from April 21st.  

Stress Management Training on Tuesdays from 18:30 – 19:30, starting from April 20th.                        

Aikido on Tuesdays evenings, starting from April 20th. Location and time will be communicated via WhatsApp and will depend on the weather and Corona rules: Online via Zoom 20:00-21:30, In-person in a park next to the ErasmusMC 17:30-19:00.

Yoga on Mondays 19:00 – 20:30, starting from April 19th.

The interventions are done in a blended format of face-to-face and/or online sessions according to the current corona regulations and available space.

You will receive more information after you’ve been randomized to one of your preferences in the week of April 12th.

Note that the e-health programs are not listed. The e-health programs are done individually at a time and location of your own choosing.

The next intervention round will start April, 2021. 

Control group

On the following sites you will find more information about chronic stress, the development of burnout, the role of self-care and stress management skills.

These sites provide more information, practical tips and potentially useful practices to increase resilience and combat burnout.

If you feel overwhelmed or that the information and exercises provided by the sites are not helping you enough, we advise you to consult a student advisor, psychologist or your general practitioner. They may be able to help you further.