Ires Ghielen blij met vergrootglas

I help you practice science in a more healthy & happy way

๐Ÿ‘‰ by improving stress-management skills

๐Ÿ‘‰ by communicating more effectively

๐Ÿ‘‰ by working SMARTER, not HARDER

๐Ÿ‘‰ by being more compassionate (towards yourself)

๐Ÿ‘‰ by getting the FUN back in doing science

๐Ÿ‘‰ by prioritizing mental health

I know the academic world can be discouraging ’cause once I was you.

I started my neuropsychology PhD with the greatest enthusiasm and ambition, but I soon came to the conclusion that the scientific world can be very harsh. I went through a burnout in my second year, and was completely overwhelmed by all that was coming at me as a first-generation academic. I felt lost and lonely, I didnโ€™t think I would be up for it, and I thought about giving up.

But with lots of professional and personal support, learning about and experimenting with stress-management skills, and resetting my work-life balance, I finally managed to finish my PhD in time while being my most relaxed self. After finishing my PhD, I started teaching other researchers to navigate through the harsh academic environment. Iโ€™d love to show you how you can re-find your confidence, chill vibes, and fun science times!

Ires contemplating on the beach

The Healthy Science Method

To practice science in a healthy way, there are three pillars we need to focus on, which also interact with one another.



Manage expectations and responsibilities, and communicate these in tactful and effective ways. From supervisor to student, and from student to supervisor.ย 

Also, learn how to communicate in more healthy ways towards yourself (and your inner critic).



Acquire skills to deal with all the pressure, competition, and expectations in the ambitious academic environment.

Create a healthy work-life balance and focus your time and energy on those things you can actually control.



Work smarter, not harder.

Discover what works best for you and start working together with your brain (which is your biggest asset) instead of working against it.ย 

So you can continue practicing science in a sustainable and effective manner.


“The course was very helpful, I wish I had found it behore starting my PhD ๐Ÿ™‚ (this is my perfectionist voice talking haha). I’m still not sure if I’m going to graduate as a PhD but I have chosen some goals (health and work related) to achieve during my last months. Watching your videos and guidance, gave me a lot of tools and confidence for making that possible.”

Anonymous PhD student

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Book me for a workshop

And upgrade the stress-management skills of your entire team, department, or even university!

Not with a boring presentation, but with practical tools, active exercises, and some great fun. I will send everyone home with newfound positive energy, confidence, and a smile on their faces :-).

We can discuss and adapt the specifics, but I have some great workshops ready to go (both offline and online).

Check out my vlog / podcast!

Brainwaves and interviews with (renowned) researchers about how to make academia a healthier and happier place.

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