Coping with anxiety and productivity in times of crises


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The global spread of the coronavirus has a big impact on all of us. Many of us are locked down in our homes with our laptops, notebooks and phones to keep us connected to our social network and engaged in our professional responsibilities. We might experience guilt of not functioning at our maximum productivity levels, grief due to loss of work– and social life, anxiety due to spread of the disease, and other stressful feelings. 

This seminar may not solve all of your problems, but we aim at giving you tips and tools on how you can maintain or improve your well-being and take some measures to get periods of higher productivity. 

It is an E-Tea Talk, so bring your tea and join us for inspirational talks and music therapy!



The Zoom session opens at 0945 am. The event starts at 10 am. 


Checking in

Brief survey of which challenges you are facing (anonymously by using menti).


Coping with the psychological effects of working at home

Linda T. S. Westgaard, MN Faculty
Working with preparatory guidance of students focusing on motivation, mastery and well-being in their studies.

Part of the new reality lately is that our home is our workplace and our screens are our main connection to people beyond our household. The University is loosening up on the restrictions but many of us will still be working from home. As the duration of this situation is still unknown, I want to use this session for us to reflect upon how we can maintain our well-being and keep a sharp and focused mindset during this working-at-home situation. 


Managing yourself and your time

Kerstin Fritsches, PostdocTraining
Founder and head coach of PostdocTraining, working with career- and self-management. 

The sudden shift to working from home and possibly juggling family at the same time poses serious challenges to even the most productive researcher. In this part of the session I’d like to share some practical tools and strategies to help manage yourself and your time in the current situation.


Music therapy with Mahoor

Mahoor is a singer and musician with a long background in pop and classical music.
He has enjoyed working actively with various musical cultural departments in Norway and for the past 10 years has dedicated his life to teaching solfege, piano, and guitar. It has been his deep desire as a teacher to also use music as a healing tool, especially to help children who have various types of challenges in their young lives in addition to adults who struggle with depression.




Women Researchers in Informatics Network, PostdocTraining, Mahoor,
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Published May 5, 2020 4:03 PM - Last modified May 29, 2020 12:24 PM