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Stress and stress management

Why do you get smarter by sleeping enough, how do you protect yourself against stress and why are there so many achievement freaks at KTH. Those are the subjects of three lectures that were presented on several occasions during the spring of 2013.

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Filmed lectures on stress

Aleksander Perski, Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet and Head of Stressmottagningen (the Stress Clinic in Stockholm) will give a lecture about ”Stress and sleep” and ”Stress and the Achievement Trap” to all co-workers at KTH. They are given both in Swedish and English. Another lecture ”Stress och återhämtning - hur man som chef förebygger utmattningssyndrom hos sina medarbetare” (Stress and recovery - how you as a manager can prevent fatigue syndrome for yourself and your coworkers) is given to all managers in Swedish. All seminars will be given in Campus Valhallavägen, Campus Kista and Campus Flemingsberg/Haninge.

You can find more information, tips and guides by clicking on the following links:

Lecture about stress and the achievement trap (

Lecture about stress and sleep (

Advice on stress

Aleksander Perski, Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet and head of the Stress Clinic, offers his best advice for dealing with stress:

See the signs of stress in time

Deep fatigue, concentration and memory problems, frequent infections, stomach problems, heart palpitations, uneasiness, anxiety or depression may be signals that we are in a serious imbalance-namely, stress – do not ignore these signals. Try to change the situation - such serious situations usually do not resolve by themselves. Creating alternative, cutbacks or create distance.

Get enough sleep

Regardless of what happens in life, never give up your need for sleep. Do you need to sleep eight hours to feel refreshed the next day, then you should do it. The latest research shows that it is not possible to get ill out of stress if you get enough sleep.

The more effort the more rest

Very often we do just the opposite. In periods of extra demands we sacrifice sleep and sleep time. Are you extremely talented and a perfectionist, you need to expend more on recovering forces.

Rest on weekends

Relax after a hard week. Remember that in all cultures is inscribed that weekends are for rest. In for example the Bible - it says in the Third Commandment: "Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day you shall have the day off, the Lord's Sabbath of rest." Those who tire themselves out as much over the weekend as during the week are risk full candidates for a health breakdown due to stress. We call them "preburnouts".

Sustainable lifestyle habits

Remember that it is meant for us to live until we are about 100 years. Until then, the 45 tons of new cells are produced and 3.5 billion heartbeats beating. The terms for it is to live a reasonably healthy life with the right food, well-balanced weight, some exercise, enough sleep and fairly regular habits. Despite extensive research on the prevention of common diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are above advice substantially what scientists have outlined. But even though the message is simple, as it seems to be very difficult to fulfill.

If you want to know more about Aleksander Perski's stress management, you can read the extended version from 2013 by clicking the link below.

Advice on stress.pdf (pdf 87 kB)