Good luck with your stress!

Towards more wellbeing and job satisfaction

In this online training 'Stronger With Stress' we build on your resilience together. Toxic stress is actively addressed and we arm you against future negative stress. We take a surprising insight into this: Stress is very normal, even necessary. It puts our body in a state of readiness. Stress becomes disadvantageous if you are exposed to it intensely for a long time and your body does not get a chance to recover. In this online training we learn how to turn stress into something positive in order to achieve more well-being and job satisfaction.

How often do you fall prey to the ‘headless chicken’ syndrome?

Take a look and listen to what you will learn in the training  "Stronger With Stress".

Watch Intro Video

Content of the Course

  • 2

    What is Stress?

    • How much stress can a person handle?

    • Associations

    • Measuring your stress

    • Measuring your stress

    • Common symptoms

    • Ben describes his main toxic stress symptoms

    • Els describes her main toxic stress symptoms

    • What is stress exactly?

    • Stress as a compass

    • Stress as a compass

    • Stress as a compass

    • Check out Ben’s tips and tricks

    • Check out the tips and tricks from Els

    • Tips en Tricks

    • Insights

    • Milestone 2

  • 3

    Causes of Stress

    • What causes stress?

    • Like a headless chicken

    • Causes

    • Evolution of the context we work in

    • Evolution - metaphor

    • Formule 1 - Perfection

    • What are the differences?

    • Evolution of your context

    • The difference between healthy and toxic stress

    • ‘Hoisted by one’s own petard’

    • Ben talks about his alarm signals

    • Els talks about her alarm signals

    • What are your initial alarm signals

    • How to recognise stress

    • Check your APGAR score

    • ‘Everything’s fine?’

    • How to make stress a topic of discussion

    • Step-by-step plan for sharing information

    • How to make stress a topic of discussion

    • Exercise: Listen to other stories

    • Insights

    • Milestone 3

    • How do you experience this training 'Stronger with Stress' so far?

  • 4

    The Neurobiology of Stress

    • The neurobiology of stress

    • The neurobiology of stress - Headless chicken

    • 'Headless chicken' - an example

    • The power of our brain

    • 'Headless chicken' - how it looks

    • Dealing with the ‘headless chicken’ syndrome

    • Insights

    • Milestone 4

  • 5

    The Impact of Stress

    • Listen to what Ben has to say about the impact of his stress

    • Listen to what Els has to say about the impact of her stress

    • List of signals

    • Self-reflection

    • Assignment

    • Moment of reflection

    • Explanation of the differences between the two parts in the video

    • Loss of brain mass

    • Self-reflection

    • Why don't we adjust?

    • Insights

    • Milestone 5

  • 6

    Dealing with Toxic Stress

    • Listen how Ben learned to deal with stress

    • Listen how Els learned to deal with stress

    • Your action plan for dealing with toxic stress

    • If you want to prevent burnout

    • The importance of sleep

    • Another word about sleep

    • Your action plan for good sleep quality

    • The importance of exercise

    • Your action plan to exercise

    • Breathe!

    • Breathe!

    • Your action plan to breathe consciously on a regular basis

    • The importance of an energy balance

    • Your action plan to improve your energy balance

    • Improve your self-management

    • Self-management exercise

    • Your action plan for better self-management

    • Let’s find out what it was like for Ben to work on his recovery

    • Let’s find out what it was like for Els to work on her recovery

    • Recovery

    • Your action plan for your recovery

    • Embedding action plans in our brain

    • Insights

    • Milestone 6

  • 7

    Building Resilience

    • Discover your own compass

    • Make your own spider diagram

    • Discover your own compass

    • Compass Exercise

    • Attention management

    • Our working memory test

    • What chaos does with your head

    • Our working memory - Tips

    • Let’s go back to nature

    • Focus

    • How do you prevent procrastination

    • Focus

    • Develop positive relationships with others

    • Exercise - Diary

    • What context do you need?

    • What context do you need?

    • Fill your brain with positive experiences

    • Make a WOW-map

    • Compliment and help to increase job satisfaction

    • Be generous

    • Learn to reflect on what you did right

    • Insights

    • Milestone 7

  • 8


    • Checklist

    • Epiloque

    • Ben shares the rituals that are still actively included in his routine

    • Els tells us which tips and tricks did the trick for her

    • Epiloque

    • References

    • Milestone 8

    • How are you doing right now?

    • How did you experience this training 'Stronger with Stress'? (optional)

    • Bloops! - optional :-)

Your Instructor

Prof. Dr. Elke Van Hoof has over 15 years of experience counseling people who suffer from stress and burnout, trauma, adjustment problems, cancer, incapacity to work and return to work after a long-term illness.

She specializes in using people’s talents and qualities in order to boost their resilience.

Elke Van Hoof teaches medical and health psychology as well as clinical psychological interventions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is a guest teacher at the Vlerick Business School. She is also a valued guest professor in many courses.


What do participants say about this training "Stronger With Stress".

  • “By just taking the first few lessons, I've already become much more self-aware. The realization that I was under too much pressure was there, but I just didn't know how to deal with this. ”

  • "What appeals to me is the no-nonsense approach and effective tools to work on your recovery capacity."

  • "I think the biggest eye-opener for me was that stress is not negative, but that you can learn to deal with it. That is going much better since I started with this training."

  • "I find it very interesting. It gives a new point of view on stress as well as solutions to remedy negative stress."

Frequently asked questions

  • For whom is the online training "Stronger With Stress" intended?

    The online training "Stronger With Stress" is intended for anyone who wants to (further) work on his resilient attitude. You will learn how to use stress as an opportunity.

  • I have read the book 'First aid for stress & burnout' by Elke Van Hoof. Do I learn something new in this training?

    The online training is a nice addition to the book "First aid with stress & burnout" (and vice versa). It is based on the same scientific insights. It will therefore be recognizable on the one hand, but there will certainly also be new things on the agenda. The experience is also completely different, you will be guided through the training. The training is interspersed with interactive materials such as videos, downloads, tips & tricks, surveys, exercises, self-tests, etc. Ideal for further developing your resilient attitude after reading the book.

  • How long do I have access to the online training?

    The added value of this online training is that, once you have registered, you have unlimited access. In the online training, you will learn that stress is actually very normal. So stress will always last, luckily. Do you want to further strengthen your resilient attitude? Do you have a harder time? Do you want to do certain exercises again? You have all the exercises, tools, tips & tricks, ... always at hand when you need them.

  • What do you need to follow the online training? Do I have to install anything?

    You don't have to install anything because the online learning platform is hosted on a website. The only condition is that you have an internet connection. You can not only follow the online training on a PC or laptop, but also on a tablet or even a smartphone. Because it is a mobile version, it adapts to any screen. Handy when you are on the train, on your way to or from work!

  • How much time does it actually take me to follow the training?

    The online training consists of 128 lessons. On average 1 lesson takes 10 to 15 minutes. The intention is that you actually get started with the exercises, tools, tips & tricks, ... Assuming that you are doing this for a maximum of 1 hour a day, the online training will take an average of 6 weeks. You will, of course,​ follow this online training at your own pace. Everything depends on the pace that you prefer. Some prefer a faster or slower pace.

  • Can I also have personal contact with a coach as a result of this training?

    Do you like to start a personal trajectory with a coach during or after following the online training? Please contact us via to discuss this in more detail.

  • Can I also pay for the online training with career checks (loopbaancheques - Vlaamse Overheid)?

    Unfortunately not! Career checks (loopbaancheques - Vlaamse Overheid) can be used to follow professional career guidance at an accredited center. But this is only possible for personalized guidance that starts from your own initiative and needs. Because this online training is not personalized, it is therefore not eligible for career checks. Would you still like to use career checks for personalized guidance? Contact us at

  • How can I pay?

    You can pay with credit card or Paypal. The payment is made in a secure environment. As soon as the payment has been made, you have immediate access to the online training. You don't have a credit card or Paypal account? Contact us at for further assistance.

  • What if my question is not included here?

    Is your question not included? Send your question by e-mail to Huis voor Veerkracht ( We would love to hear from you!

Would you like to follow the training in Dutch or French?

This is possible!

The online training 'Stronger With Stress' is also available in French (Plus Fort Avec Le Stress) and in Dutch (Sterker Met Stress). Click below for more information.