Self-Care Tips for Grad Students

Feel Good In Grad School

Prioritizing the activities and daily habits that help you feel good can make you happier, healthier, and ready to face whatever challenges come your way.

5 Grad School Tips

  • Understand your procrastination.

  • Invest in self-care.

  • Find your people.

  • Get involved.

  • Build a professional online identity.

Understand Your Procrastination

  • Break down the steps.

  • Keep the task small.

  • Set the bar low.

  • Hack pleasure from the experience of studying.

  • Use Parkinson's law to your advantage.

  • Be deliberate with your study environment.

  • Understand your personality type.

Fine-Tune Your Motivation

Eat the Frog Strategy

Take immediate action. Do the thing you’re dreading first. Persist until it’s done.

Surround Yourself with Your Goal's Environment

Go to the places that are most conducive to meeting your goal. Surround yourself with people who “get” or at least support you in your goal. Develop the habits that will help you meet your goal.

Make Your Goals Visual

To make the process of working toward your goal more fun and rewarding, give yourself a visual reminder of your goal and your progress. Think giant grocery store fundraiser thermometer. Take time every day to mark your progress.

Create a Mental Board of Directors

Identify the most influential people that you’d like to “consult” with as you work toward your goal. Read what they’ve written, watch their videos, and imagine what they would tell you when challenges arise.

Manage Perfectionism & Burnout

What Do You Want?

Focus on creating what you want (vs. what you don't want or what you want to avoid) to stay motivated and reduce stress.

Prioritize Genuine Support

When you need input or a helping hand, go to the people who geniuinely support you.

Zoom Out

Zoom out and appreciate the journey you're on and the progress you've made when you're overwhelmed or burned out.

Feel Good on the Way

Make choices that help you feel the way you want while you’re working toward your goal – avoid the “I’ll be happy when” trap.

Take a Holistic Approach to Your Well-Being

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  • Get more sleep.
  • Be kind.
  • Move more.
  • Eat breakfast.
  • Live your values.
  • Stay connected.


Burn-out is common in grad school and one of the major reasons for leaving a graduate program. You can prevent and recover from burnout by making sure you're prioritizing wellness.

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Find Your Community

  • Share whatever's on your mind and learn from others in the Togetherall online mental health community. It's safe, anonymous, and free for UArizona students.  Join Togetherall to give and get support, learn new strategies, and unlock helpful self-care tools.

Take Supportive, Construction Actions

Build a Community

Find like-minded students, identify mentors, and find your spot off-campus. When you get together, try to reserve at least some time to talk about something other than work.


Ask for Help When You Need It

During grad school, it can feel like you're supposed to know everything and keep it all together easily. For many students, this can make the idea of asking for help scary. Whether you have a question about your work, need to delegate work or school tasks, or need support in taking care of something in your life outside of school, asking for support can help you bring order to chaos and prevent yourself from burning out.

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