Relaxation at work is also possible if you know the right techniques and have the right attitude.

Health is only perceived when it is lacking. In order to raise awareness of the link between work and health, the Addiction Working Group is organizing the first Health Day of EMU at the Castle on 1 June. Its motto is “Stress, addiction and work-life balance”.

“Broad-based prevention is the best prevention”, says Annette Diekmann, spokeswoman for the working group, “that’s why we want to reach as many people as possible”. Many would be particularly afraid of contact when it comes to “addiction”, although it is estimated that five to seven percent of all employees in Germany have to struggle with addiction problems or risks. That’s why not only lectures are on the agenda for the day, which opens at 9:45 a.m., but also the art exhibition “Wege einer Verwandlung” (“Ways of Transformation”), in which Markus Maier describes his way out of dependence, on the second floor of the south wing and “Anmerkungen” (“Notes”) by cabaret artist Harald Funke. “Diekmann hopes that it might be possible to make contact with the subject through art.

But addiction is ultimately only the result of a disturbed relationship to one’s own body. That’s why the organizers want to put the balance between life and work at the center of the Health Day. “Everyone has certainly felt stress at some point; we want to show how to deal with it and find a balance within themselves,” says Diekmann. Practical balancing exercises at the workplace, which will be demonstrated at 10.45 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Senate Hall, are just as much a part of this as the presentation of non-alcoholic cocktail recipes.

For the time being, the target group will be the employees who can attend the health day in consultation with their bosses during working hours. “But we also want to address the students later,” says Sabine Kolck, the university’s social and addiction consultant. She has been in office for two and a half years. “Since then, social and addiction counselling has become firmly established. The day offers now the opportunity to argue without concrete problems with the topic. In about 20 percent of all cases it is addiction problems that lead those seeking advice to her, but also those who have problems at work, psychological or physical problems will find a competent and discreet contact person in Kolck.

The Health Day should not be a one-off event. The topic of “health” has many facets, which are to be illuminated on further days with other focal points in order to establish a sustainable health management. Click here to read more interesting article about health and wellness.