Mental Health

Inner Sustainability Week

17th to 21st May 2021

-the potential of internal realms in academia

In KI strategy 2030, sustainability is well emphasized on several levels: environmentally, globally, socially and in working life. And while the concept of sustainability is old, well known and practiced amongst indigenous people all over the world, integrating it in academia is innovative and wise.

We live in a time when the awareness about planetary sustainability is higher, as well as more pressing than ever. But in order to effectively achieve the necessary change and sincere effort, some argue that to realize any form of outer sustainability, we need to start with our inner sustainability. Perhaps this is true also when promoting organizational sustainability, emotional well-being and the sought after ‘we-feeling’ at KI.

As doctoral students at one of the top universities In the world, we are in a rather privileged situation compared to other parts of the world. Our intellectual environment, relative economic safety and education is world class. Still, it is important to continue guarding the interests and enhancing the working environment for PhD-students at KI, as some areas can be improved further, such as mental health, managing stress, and emotional and spiritual well-being.

To see the whole person and all persons is emphasized in the KI vision as well as in Strategy 2030, and in our local work with promoting the health for doctoral student, we at NVS Doctoral Council have chosen an extra focus on the inner sustainability in order to highlight the potential of inner worlds when it comes to inspiration, mental-, emotional- and spiritual health, insights, focus and problem-solving. We believe that an increased awareness of inner sustainability has the prospective of not only enhancing personal well-being but academic outcome/performance as well, helping us to a state of inner balance and wisdom, important when making decisions, and choosing directions.

Hence, an Inner Sustainability Week is due in May (17th-21st), where one can indulge in activities and talks intentioned to address your inner sustainability, whether it be core-training, meditation, yoga, picnic or spiritual discussions. We are happy to have contributions from KI Health Promotion, the KI Student Health Center, Center for Social Sustainability, the University Chaplaincy and individuals with expertise on this subject. The week also coincides with the European public health week with a rich digital program, and links will be provided. It would be a delight to see and welcome you in the digital (and outdoor) cosmos in May. Please have a look at the attached schedule for more information and zoom links!