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TK - Contributions for a better and healthier life

01 Feb. 2023

Forget Forgetfulness - How we can train our brain

We all use our memory every day. But sometimes important information just seems to get lost. Dr. Boris Konrad, neuroscientist and world champion in memory sports, knows the answers to questions like: How does our brain work in storing information? What can we do to strengthen our memory? In this interview, Dr. Konrad shares his expertise and shows how you can improve your mental fitness and use special techniques to train your memory.

Jan 25, 2023

Enjoy the winter with all senses

It's winter. Or is it? In view of the mild temperatures, one can sometimes have doubts. Unless the sun is shining or it's snowing heavily, everything looks gray and slushy. The day begins in the dark and ends that way for most people. Yet winter has so much beauty to offer. You just have to look carefully.

Jan 11, 2023

Doing good - 18 ideas to make others happy

The Corona pandemic and the war in Ukraine have sent the world into a crisis that affects us all - sometimes more and sometimes less. Fears, worries and uncertainty are weighing on people's moods. The good: Each of us can do something to dispel the "mood clouds" by doing good for others.

Dec. 14, 2022

How to protect yourself from flu

No one wants the flu. And yet, every year, thousands of people become infected with a flu virus. And that's especially problematic now, when worries about infection with the coronavirus are also all around us. If you take the following tips to heart, you have a good chance of getting through the flu season in good health.

Dec 07, 2022

How stress arises

Stress occurs when we believe we are not up to a task. An ancient biological mechanism is supposed to make us fit to cope with the challenge in these difficult situations.

Nov. 30, 2022

Get rid of annoying habits quickly

Some habits plague you for years or your whole life. For example, biting or picking your fingernails. Or compulsively pulling out hair. Often, they developed during times of stress and strain. Now a simple but effective self-help method, called decoupling, makes it possible to get rid of or greatly reduce such vices in a short time.

Nov. 23, 2022

Healthy eyes in winter: Tips for care

Burning, itching and the feeling of having a foreign body in the eye: When our tear film gets out of balance, it is often very unpleasant. Especially in winter, many people are familiar with the problem of dry eyes. The right care can alleviate the symptoms.

Nov. 16, 2022

In winter, the right skin care is important

Especially in the cold season, the skin is exposed to numerous stresses and requires special care. However, there are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to skin care in winter. What exactly? Dermatologist Dr. Yael Adler explains in an interview.

Nov 09, 2022

Wanderlust has made me a digital nomad

Patrick S. is a translator. He does not have a fixed place of residence. Born in Malta, he works as a digital nomad from all over the world. The 31-year-old can't imagine a better life.

Nov 02, 2022

Always ready or digital detox?

It's hard to imagine life without a smartphone. Many people think they need to thoroughly reorganize their lives and are therefore focusing on digital detox. We have six tips that will help you succeed in your digital detox.

Oct. 26, 2022

New culture - No fear of mistakes

Let's face it, nobody likes to do something wrong. But mistakes are much better than their reputation and can even contribute to success in career and studies. The so-called "new error culture" therefore encourages people not to avoid mistakes, but to learn from them.

19 Oct. 2022

Healthy and motivated - through agile working

Agility is a term that is appearing in more and more job advertisements. But what is actually behind the agile methods that are becoming increasingly popular among companies? And how does the flexible way of working affect the motivation and health of employees?

Oct. 12, 2022

Learn WOOP in online course

Lose weight, exercise more, get ahead in your career and studies or improve your relationships: with the right tool for self-motivation, you can succeed. Discover WOOP, a simple, practical and scientifically researched method to overcome your inner obstacles on the way to your goals.

05 Oct. 2022

24 open chat windows. But do you want it?

Texting, posting, watching every few minutes - and still feel like you're not catching everything? You're not alone. FOMO, the fear of missing out, is on the back of many a Millennial's neck and makes you reach for your phone more often than you should. Sound familiar?

28 Sept. 2022

Is it true or is it not true? - Myths around the headache

Beer on wine gives you a buzzing head and music relieves migraines? We wanted to know exactly and have tested common myths about headaches for their truth content.

21 Sept. 2022

Health is no coincidence

Why it is so important to recognize your own privileges.

Physical and mental well-being cannot be taken for granted: studies show that there is a clear correlation with social status. This makes it all the more important to become aware of one's own privileges so that one can take care of one's own health in a holistic manner.

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.