Blog — Live better

TK — Con­tact per­sons and con­sul­ta­tion days

Tech­niker Krankenkasse offers you a dig­i­tal con­sul­ta­tion day every Tues­day and Thurs­day between 11 am and 2 pm.

Are you look­ing for direct con­tact with the TK con­tact per­son at HHN? Then Bir­git Car­rera is the right per­son for you.

TK — Con­tri­bu­tions for a bet­ter and health­i­er life

July 27, 2022

How much water should you drink? And how to do it?

Every­one knows how impor­tant it is, but not every­one man­ages to drink enough every day. If you find it dif­fi­cult to drink the rec­om­mend­ed amount of liq­uid per day, there is a sim­ple method to help you.

July 20, 2022

Swim­ming in lakes and rivers

In sum­mer, swim­ming is a wel­come way to cool off. Lakes and rivers are there­fore a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion. But espe­cial­ly when swim­ming in nature, you should pay atten­tion to some points.

July 13, 2022

Avoid heat stroke and sunstroke

Expo­sure to the blaz­ing sun for too long can lead to sun­stroke or even life-threat­en­ing heat stroke (hyper­ther­mia syn­drome). Both clin­i­cal pic­tures have cer­tain par­al­lels, but dif­fer sig­nif­i­cant­ly in terms of health risk.

06 July 2022

Focused at work: how to stay on task

If you can’t get to your actu­al tasks due to con­stant inter­rup­tions, you can get quite stressed. Espe­cial­ly when the dead­line is approach­ing. Pro­tect­ing your­self from unnec­es­sary inter­rup­tions is there­fore an effec­tive way to reduce stress. A few sim­ple strate­gies can help you main­tain or regain your concentration.

June 29, 2022

Quick­ly under­stand the con­se­quences of stress

What hap­pens in the body dur­ing stress? In the Body Map from the TK Health­Coach, you can find out at the click of a mouse. Sim­ply select a body region and you’ll know more.

June 22, 2022

Com­bat­ing stress with the TK men­tal strategies

With the large num­ber of lec­tures, home­work or exams, study­ing today is rem­i­nis­cent of a full-time job. In order to suc­cess­ful­ly mas­ter these demands, the tech­ni­cians offer help­ful strategies.

01 June 2022

Grief cum laude?
It’s a more relaxed way to study!

Fun stu­dent life? No way. A study by tech­ni­cians found that one in four stu­dents com­plains of stress and exhaus­tion. But it does­n’t have to get to the point of burnout: Tech­niker offers pre­ven­tive pro­grams as well as anti-stress exer­cis­es to help you get through your time at uni­ver­si­ty in a more relaxed way.

May 25, 2022

Regrow­ing: 14 foods that grow back

Regrow your greens: If you grow your own fruits and veg­eta­bles from left­overs, you’re doing some­thing about food waste, hav­ing fun and sav­ing mon­ey. And regrow­ing veg­eta­bles isn’t all that difficult.

May 18, 2022

Grow your own veg­eta­bles and fruit

Any­one can grow their own fruit and veg­eta­bles. You don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly need a trac­tor or a gar­den. Often a win­dowsill or bal­cony is enough. Grow­ing things you like to eat your­self is sus­tain­able and healthy. The joy of your own har­vest comes free of charge!

May 11, 2022

Putting lotion on: the right way to do it

To pro­tect your­self from sun­burn, the only thing that helps is sun­screen or shade. This is noth­ing new for you? Most peo­ple know that — and yet every year, numer­ous sun wor­ship­pers burn them­selves again. Because you can do a lot wrong when putting on sunscreen.

04 May 2022

Off to the outside!

Out­door sports are par­tic­u­lar­ly fun. On the one hand, clas­sic sports such as cycling or jog­ging are suit­able for this. On the oth­er hand, the warmer sea­son is a good time to try out a new sport. We present six out­door sports and explain what is suit­able for whom.

April 27, 2022

Men­tal Load

There are count­less things we have to do every day. What stress­es us out the most is the feel­ing that we must not for­get any­thing, that we must have every­thing under con­trol. But keep­ing all the appoint­ments and to-dos in mind takes a lot of ener­gy. Par­tic­u­lar­ly insid­i­ous: the men­tal load is not only invis­i­ble, but maneu­vers us straight into the men­tal load trap. But what exact­ly is men­tal load?

April 20, 2022

Already laughed today?

Whether it’s smil­ing, smirk­ing, or real­ly laugh­ing it off — it’s all an expres­sion of how good we feel. And that’s not all: if you laugh from the heart, you’re also doing some­thing for your health. After all, there is an old say­ing that laugh­ter is the best med­i­cine. But is that true? And if so, what are the actu­al health-pro­mot­ing effects of laugh­ter? An overview.

April 13, 2022

Spring fever: what hap­pens in the body when we are in love

In spring, but­ter­flies not only flut­ter through the air. Some of us also feel them in our stom­achs quite vio­lent­ly. But does love real­ly strike us more often in spring than in oth­er sea­sons? And why does falling in love actu­al­ly put us in this won­der­ful state of hap­pi­ness in which the whole world turns upside down?

April 06, 2022


We humans are “herd ani­mals”. The need for belong­ing and com­mu­ni­ty is deeply anchored in our genet­ic struc­tures. So for us to feel good, we need social con­tacts and friends. They not only have a great influ­ence on our sat­is­fac­tion, but also on our health. Lone­li­ness, on the oth­er hand, can even make us ill in the long run. But how do peo­ple become friends? And what makes an hon­est and good friendship?

March 30 2022

Hap­pi­ness exer­cise: Doing good for others

The desire to do good to oth­ers runs deep in human beings. Don’t think so? Then look at what sci­ence has to say about it. It has found: Peo­ple who help, coop­er­ate with, or do good for oth­ers are reward­ed — with more hap­pi­ness. How to make your­self hap­pi­er by being kind to others.

March 23, 2022

Cau­tion ticks

Ticks are active from tem­per­a­tures of about eight degrees — that is, espe­cial­ly in the months of March to Octo­ber. The com­mon wood tick, which is wide­spread in Ger­many, can trans­mit two dan­ger­ous dis­eases: Lyme dis­ease and ear­ly sum­mer menin­goen­cephali­tis (TBE).

March 16, 2022

Tired all the time?
This is behind the spring fatigue

The sun is shin­ing, the days are get­ting longer and the first plants are bloom­ing — it’s spring! Actu­al­ly a rea­son for joy, but for many peo­ple the weath­er change also means: tired­ness, dizzi­ness and headaches. How does this so-called spring­time fatigue come about? And what can you do about it?

09 March 2022

Mind­ful­ness — per­ceiv­ing what is

In line with the relax­ation exer­cise on Thurs­day as part of the TK relax­ation unit, we would like to draw atten­tion to what mind­ful­ness actu­al­ly means. The prin­ci­ple of mind­ful­ness: Con­scious­ly per­ceive every moment and accept what is — with­out judg­ing it.

Feb­ru­ary 16 2022

These trends pro­vide relaxation

Switch­ing off is impor­tant for our health. That’s why we should try to take reg­u­lar time out. There are even hob­bies that are not only fun, but also pro­vide more relax­ation at the same time. Want some inspi­ra­tion? Here are var­i­ous trends that help to reduce stress in the long term. But all trends have one thing in com­mon: they are good for body and soul.

09 Feb­ru­ary 2022

Hygge: Try it with coziness

We are still in the mid­dle of the dark sea­son. And the long­ing for light is grow­ing. Instead of long­ing for bet­ter times and get­ting in a bad mood about it, we should take an exam­ple from the Danes: Thanks to their hygge tra­di­tion, they enjoy win­ter days and their cozy homes.

01 Feb­ru­ary 2022

Dry lips in win­ter: Tips for skin care

The drea­ry weath­er con­di­tions in win­ter can not only affect the mind, but also mean pure stress for our skin. The trig­ger is the icy tem­per­a­tures out­side: In cold weath­er, the blood ves­sels under the skin con­tract to retain body heat.

Jan­u­ary 26 2022

Suc­cess­ful through stud­ies with sports

Are you in the mid­dle of your exams and don’t know where your head is? Even if it sounds absurd, that’s exact­ly when it’s time for a break. Not with “Net­flix and chill”, but with a round of sports. Sports make you phys­i­cal­ly and men­tal­ly hap­py, and your brain is also hap­py to be bal­anced by exercise.

Jan­u­ary 19 2022

Self man­age­ment — Time under control

Oh no, it has hap­pened again: Just now there was end­less time for the next paper — now it’s due TOMORROW! If dead­lines always catch you cold, here’s our best of the most tried and test­ed tips and tools for relaxed time management.

Jan­u­ary 12 2022

Healthy start of the year

A new year is a good occa­sion to pay more atten­tion to one’s own health again. So-called “detox cures” are all the more pop­u­lar at this time. But do we real­ly need to detox­i­fy our bod­ies? And if so, what is the right way to do it?

15. Decem­ber 2021

Off to Win­ter Hik­ing Land

Hik­ing is bor­ing? No way! Time out in nature is very much in vogue and is also healthy for the mind and body. And not only in sum­mer: with the right prepa­ra­tion, a win­ter hik­ing tour is the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to recharge your bat­ter­ies in the dark season.

08. Decem­ber 2021

Nat­u­ral­ly stress free
- Why it’s so good to be outside

Breathe deeply, clear your head and come to rest. Nature cre­ates what we have to pay a lot of mon­ey for in well­ness spas: Relax­ation — and it’s free and acces­si­ble to every­one. But why is being out­doors so beneficial?

Decem­ber 01, 2021

Ommm …

Learn to switch off, find inner peace, regain con­cen­tra­tion — reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion reduces stress and strength­ens your health.

24. Novem­ber 2021

We stick together

Hard­ly any vis­i­tors, no dat­ing, no par­ties — instead, lots of com­pro­mis­es and even more cohe­sion. Three flat-share res­i­dents tell how the Coro­na pan­dem­ic has changed life in the flat-shar­ing community.

17. Novem­ber 2021

Say no more often

Always say yes to every­thing just to please every­one? Not a good idea. If no per­son­al lim­its are set, strength and patience are quick­ly at an end. Psy­chol­o­gist and coach Ste­fan Brandt explains how you can learn to say no more often and why this is healthy for your psyche.

03 Novem­ber 2021

Plog­ging is the new jogging

Jog­ging and pick­ing up trash at the same time: What recent­ly start­ed in Swe­den has now become a glob­al trend sport. We explain why plog­ging is so pop­u­lar right now.

Octo­ber 27, 2021

Eat­ing healthy in college

Frozen piz­za and dis­count cola — at least that’s the com­mon cliché of a “bal­anced” stu­dent diet. But only with the right mix of nutri­ents can your body and brain per­form at their best. Here you can find out how to eat a bal­anced diet even on a tight bud­get in a stress­ful stu­dent life.

20. Octo­ber 2021

WG Guide — Liv­ing har­mo­nious­ly together

Your own apart­ment was too lone­ly for you, the stu­dent dorm too tur­bu­lent. So you moved out with your sev­en things and into your first shared apart­ment. A good deci­sion. How­ev­er, the move and the new room­mates mean that you’ll be fac­ing a com­plete­ly unfa­mil­iar dai­ly rou­tine. This guide will show you how to enjoy all the advan­tages of liv­ing in a shared flat and how to make your life togeth­er run smooth­ly and productively.

Sep­tem­ber 13, 2021

This is how you start your new life.

A for­eign city, new peo­ple, your own apart­ment — the adven­ture of your stu­dent days can begin. Man­ag­ing the timetable, doing the laun­dry, clean­ing, shop­ping, cook­ing — how can you fit all that into a week? And what to do when there’s still so much mon­ey left over at the end of the month? But don’t wor­ry: To help you enjoy the fin­er things in stu­dent life, here are a few tips against home­sick­ness, chaos and finan­cial ruin.

Sep­tem­ber 29, 2021

Study-life bal­ance: How to find the right balance

Con­grat­u­la­tions: You’ve found the per­fect course of study — and even got a place. But still you can’t real­ly be hap­py, instead you’re unsure? Do you have qui­et doubts about whether you’ll be able to cope with all the demands that await you?

Sep­tem­ber 22, 2021

Why hik­ing is cool now

Hik­ing a senior hob­by? No way! More and more young peo­ple are also enjoy­ing turn­ing their backs on every­day life and expe­ri­enc­ing nature — far away from the hus­tle and bus­tle, noise and cell phone recep­tion. And the excur­sion into the coun­try­side is also healthy.

03 August 2021

Spec­tac­u­lar des­ti­na­tions in Germany

Coro­na has put a crimp in many long-dis­tance trav­el plans. No rea­son for sad­ness, because there are also many par­a­disi­a­cal places to dis­cov­er in Germany.

July 13, 2021

Why we need sleep

We sleep through about a third of our lives. But why do we sleep at all? It’s sim­ple: Many phys­i­cal process­es only take place dur­ing sleep. For exam­ple, the body has a stronger immune defense at night.

07 July 2021

Why sleep­ing is bet­ter than going through

It’s Mon­day morn­ing, the week­end was a com­plete suc­cess. You met great new peo­ple and pulled an all-nighter. But: Now you get the receipt for the lack of sleep. You’re tired, your head is throb­bing, and instead of head­ing to class, you’d rather pull the cov­ers over your head and pre­tend it’s Friday …

June 30, 2021

How much sleep does a per­son need?

Peo­ple spend about a third of their lives “asleep. You notice how nec­es­sary sleep is when you lack it. You can hard­ly con­cen­trate because you’re so tired. But how much sleep do you need exactly?

June 23, 2021

Sleep bet­ter when it’s hot

Of course, we are hap­py about nice weath­er in sum­mer — just not at night, when the warm and stuffy air keeps us awake. What you can do to sleep deeply even at high temperatures.

02 June 2021

Cycling as a mind­ful­ness exercise

Many peo­ple asso­ciate mind­ful­ness with cross-legged sit­ting, med­i­ta­tion cush­ions and the gen­tle rever­ber­a­tion of singing bowls. But an excur­sion on a bike can also train your con­scious­ness. All you need is a bike and some time.

May 19, 2021

Breaks pro­mote performance

Whether at work or at uni­ver­si­ty, those who work until they can’t any­more expose them­selves to unnec­es­sary stress and per­form less well. Because the longer we wait to take a break, the less rest it offers us.

May 12, 2021

Moti­va­tion — strate­gies to keep at it

Any­one who wants to change their own behav­ior and build new habits — such as exer­cis­ing more or eat­ing health­i­er — has to be brave. Per­se­ver­ance and a good dose of self-moti­va­tion are required. Moti­va­tion is con­stant­ly chang­ing. There are effec­tive strate­gies for build­ing it up.

05 May 2021

Pro­gres­sive mus­cle relaxation

Loose, relaxed mus­cles even in stress­ful times? Pro­gres­sive mus­cle relax­ation helps to stay free of tension.