How stress is killing us (and how you can stop it). | Thijs Launspach | TEDxUniversiteitVanAmsterdam

  • Published on Nov 15, 2018
  • What cause us to have so much stress these days? And why are especially young people vulnerable to this?
    What is stress? What happens in the brain and in the body during stress?
    What are the consequences of stress, if you’re not careful?
    What is burn-out?
    Which 5 steps can you take to reduce stress in your life?
    Final message: is IS possible experience less stress in life - with some practical solutions. But YOU have to make the choice to do this!
    Thijs is a psychologist who has written two books: Quarterlife, about the quarterlifer crisis, and The Millenial Manifesto, about the societal factors which lead to the high prevalence of mental health issues among young people. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 68

  • Just Say No to Pseudoscience

    Nothing new, waste of time. Feel stressed when people waste my time.

  • Just Say No to Pseudoscience

    Get to the point.

  • Leyla akgül
    Leyla akgül 16 days ago

    He is right.

  • Vu Huy
    Vu Huy 18 days ago

    I'm just stressful and can not stand more for what I'm doing daily. By listening what he presented, I found that he can treat me by the way but it seems that the audiences might do not interesting in what he was presenting cause they are lack of reactions on what he asked.

  • Aina Kanatkyzy
    Aina Kanatkyzy 19 days ago +3

    As he said, social media makes us stressful, and negativity in comments prove this statement. Keep calm, please? If you don't find it helpful, it means that you give up on fighting this stress. For some listeners like me this is the best explanation on how stress makes everything worse and how to not let this stress fight back. Or just stop negative comments! Thanks 🧘‍♀️

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan 24 days ago


  • Curious Carpenter
    Curious Carpenter 25 days ago

    Looking at his gut... maybe he's the one that's stressed out?

    • J Won
      J Won 15 days ago +1

      Lol I agree.

  • kikin310
    kikin310 26 days ago +1

    he talks too much go straight to the point

    THE AFGHAN Love Month ago +1

    More than milions women and children are have depressions from the unkown war that USA bring it to us. im helping from my own sallary more than 200 orphans . Hope one day we all understand that this world belong to everyone to live.

  • Azza Tamano
    Azza Tamano 2 months ago +1

    Awesome, very helpful. Thanks much. 👏

  • James Collins
    James Collins 2 months ago +1

    Excellent presentation exactly what I needed

  • Aim High Life Coaching
    Aim High Life Coaching 2 months ago

    I offer online stress management courses, This will help you to understand how stress affects you and how to make stress you friend so you can be well and healthy. @t

  • Payam yazdi
    Payam yazdi 3 months ago +15

    stress is my middle name and anxiety is my last name

    • J Won
      J Won 15 days ago +1

      Anxious is your first name?

  • marc browne
    marc browne 3 months ago +1

    He makes a lot of sense and I found just listening to him was relaxing me!

  • Toyhome
    Toyhome 3 months ago


  • Sheeple Slayer
    Sheeple Slayer 3 months ago +6

    Rational thinking... stressing just makes you clouded.. find the solution and start making it happen. Easy idea, but hard to apply.
    Prioritize your life.

  • sonnysingh
    sonnysingh 4 months ago +1


  • Anthony Latimer
    Anthony Latimer 4 months ago +2

    I agree. I know that I battle back and forth with the thoughts that I’m to busy and then thoughts of what bad things would happen if I’m not busy. Crazy

  • Amal
    Amal 4 months ago +4

    I'm doing my bachelor's degree in psychology.
    I am completely worn out by the study schedule and hectic pace of practical sessions. At times I wish I could just leave the whole thing.

  • Ember2460 Harrington
    Ember2460 Harrington 4 months ago +1

    Honking car locking wakes people up and causes Great Stress especially for people with Cardiac Disease Ptsd Migraines and more.
    Please Please lock your cars quietly. We can hear it from behind the walls of the building you park next to. Please use Light Flash Only Thank You.

  • Ember2460 Harrington
    Ember2460 Harrington 4 months ago

    Honking Car Locking Wakes People Up and Causes Huge Stress for People especially with Cardiac Disease, Ptsd, Migraines, and more. Please PLEASE ...for your neighbors peace of mind, sleep, and health lock your cars quietly.

  • S J.
    S J. 4 months ago +3

    Only watched a few minutes, but I noticed that it's the years where you have to deal with other people's expectations, valid or not.

  • Aerial Harrell
    Aerial Harrell 4 months ago

    Stress is actually good it’s just how you view it stress helps you gain courage and resilience It’s mind over matter or body stress only has a negative impact on your body if you view stress as the “enemy” and not a friend

    • Robbie klein
      Robbie klein 4 months ago

      What you are talking about might help by reducing stress reactions to stressors. But you should know that research suggests that a lot of stress reactions increase chances of dying from many different health problems, and also decreases the quality of one's life. It's not really a question that stress is not good for the body or mind.

  • Dave McKay
    Dave McKay 6 months ago +3

    The biggest problem with relaxing, going at your own pace, is that other people...usually when they see you take offense of it. If people'd just stop...before the hate on a person, they'd see that that's what THEY nerd to be doing.

  • wim lammens
    wim lammens 6 months ago

    Thijs, je presentatie is superbelangrijk en vooral het gedeelte met de ademhaling vond ik zeer nuttig, meestal doen anderen er een mooi muziekje bij en dat voegt eigelijk niets toe. Hypertension of hoge bloeddruk is één van de voornaamste aandoeningen in het westen waarvoor doktors graag pillen voor schrijven en die helaas ook niet naar de kern van de zaak gaan. Dat is de prijs die ieder van ons betaald voor het industriële systeem waarin we van geboorte tot dood(voortijdig vaak) in geboren zijn. Gaan de 99.99 % de controle over hun leven terug nemen en zorgen dat productie is voor de mensen en niet mensen voor de productie. Groeten

  • nabil sheblak
    nabil sheblak 6 months ago +8

    I will try to control my comment. This is very very unhelpful.
    The advice given here is old as the pyramids!!!!
    what he doesn't understand is that most of us work at a job that requires 40 to 60 hours a week. i can't find time to sleep even 6 hours a day not to mention 8. also, having a demanding job really makes eating a good diet harder.
    However, i am trying to do such things, they do not work much.

    • James Collins
      James Collins 2 months ago +2

      That's your fault the cemetery is full of misguided fools like yourself

    • Robbie klein
      Robbie klein 4 months ago +1

      He is saying that you should change your lifestyle/job if you want to be happy and healthy.

    • Aerial Harrell
      Aerial Harrell 4 months ago

      Stress is actually good it’s just how you view it stress helps you gain courage and resilience It’s mind over matter or body stress only has a negative impact on your body if you view stress as the “enemy” and not a friend

  • Rich Gordon
    Rich Gordon 7 months ago

    Two things stressed me in life- frustration in positivity l eading to passiveness of life and stress from religion!!!!!

    • Mary Carmen
      Mary Carmen 4 months ago

      Religion poisons everything..

  • Cherokee Perry
    Cherokee Perry 7 months ago

    It only matters cause we're matter scattering around a hole that gets blacker

  • Lari Kipe
    Lari Kipe 8 months ago +3

    I find him exceedingly attractive.

    • James Collins
      James Collins 2 months ago

      wim lammens took the words straight out of my mouth Lololol

    • Lari Kipe
      Lari Kipe 6 months ago +1

      @wim lammens pity

    • wim lammens
      wim lammens 6 months ago

      this is TED not Tinder

  • Paul Rumohr
    Paul Rumohr 8 months ago +7

    This talk is really very derivative with no new original content. Just a rehash of other TED talks.

    • llshih
      llshih 4 months ago +2

      Oftentimes we need to hear what have been said and be reminded. How to deal with stress does not require original thoughts but require common sensible approach. I thought he is doing a great job revisiting this important issue. I do not need new original ideas how to deal with stress. If all of us start taking good care of ourselves by eating right, exercise, doing some meditation and setting time aside to relax and enjoy life, we will all be less stressed out. Thanks to remind us of this timeless advice for healthy living!

    • wim lammens
      wim lammens 6 months ago +2

      There should be hundreds of these talks, cause it is most important issue. Human emotional and physical well being has never been so terrible(every human is suffering stress)

  • Yan YaDing
    Yan YaDing 8 months ago

    Stress relief in this video but chasing dream again in the list…

  • Anand Ramanathan
    Anand Ramanathan 9 months ago

    Good one. Very useful. Thank you very much

  • عبدالمجيد العتيق

    the talk starts at 10:30

  • Jay
    Jay 9 months ago +12

    Almost gave up on this talk. But info at 12:51 made it worth my while.

  • carbon waste
    carbon waste 9 months ago +14

    Yeah, reducing stress and being healthy is really cool, but there are people who wake up at 5 AM, come home at 18 PM and have to take care of their kids. Others only come home at 22 PM because they need two jobs to pay their bills. Exercise? 8h sleep? No caffeine? It's not their fault for living in a world like this.

    • nature giver
      nature giver 7 days ago

      @Victory Formation Yeah but that's only if you know not if you didn't know.

    • Victory Formation
      Victory Formation 26 days ago

      Yea it is our fault

    • Zoe Redford
      Zoe Redford 2 months ago +1

      @wim lammens How exactly? The stresses that @carbon waste brings up are completely valid and normal on this day and age. If people dont work like this, they do not even have the means to survive. ergo, stress

    • wim lammens
      wim lammens 6 months ago +7

      you are on a treadmill, but you could choose to step out. Yr life only lasts an average 25.000 days and 5000 are spend sleeping. Are you going to waiste them by following the industrial consumeristic bureaucratic model where you are enslaved from birth till death

  • 1LaOriental
    1LaOriental 9 months ago +8

    Society needs to become far less materialistic. Oh wait, Capitalism is based on endless consumerism...

  • Jasenka Vukelić
    Jasenka Vukelić 9 months ago

    Ok, I like him:-D

  • Fat And Depressed
    Fat And Depressed 9 months ago

    I know exactly what he's talking about

  • Anunya Palasan
    Anunya Palasan 9 months ago +5

    Thanks a lot for a good information. I have been taking care of myself by breathing.

    #1 TRASHCAN 9 months ago


  • Beck W
    Beck W 9 months ago +41

    I'm smoking weed at the moment, seem like I'm getting close to the truth of the universe

    • J Won
      J Won 15 days ago

      @Luann Chaput
      Walking in a real park. Listening to the birds and watch a green shade of trees daily. It work for me.

    • Hanna
      Hanna 2 months ago

      pass the blunt

    • boss dawg
      boss dawg 2 months ago

      Weeds a medicine man 💯

    • chanhiry thach
      chanhiry thach 4 months ago +1

      Increase oxygen to your brain is a good start

  • Rawaz Saman
    Rawaz Saman 9 months ago


  • Balancing Life
    Balancing Life 9 months ago


  • Dilinder Garcha
    Dilinder Garcha 9 months ago


  • Sasha Lessa
    Sasha Lessa 9 months ago +2

    nice talk !