1) Read a book
Get lost in a story and let your imagination take off.

2) Get outside
Check out a nearby park and have a picnic, go for a hike, long walk, or bike ride.

3) Exercise
If you can’t get to a hum, or it’s just too hot outside (I’m looking at you, Arizona), you can do yoga/pilates/weight lifting at home.

4) Watch a movie
A feel-good or your favorite movie is best! If you need a weekend’s worth of movie watching, maybe revisit some classics such as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

5) Phone a friend
Call up someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Sometimes all you need is a friend to lend an ear

6) Clean
This may not be everyone’s choice, but cleaning and reducing clutter in your home could help you feel refreshed and accomplished.

7) Make a To Do list
It may help to organize your thoughts and tasks so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed when trying to figure out what to work on first.

8) Cook a healthy meal or do meal prep
If you enjoy cooking, this is a great way to disconnect and while helping future-you by not having to worry about what to eat.

9) Practice your art
Get creative and lose yourself in your artistic hobbies. If you’re looking for a new one to try, consider these: painting, pottery, drawing, playing or writing music, dance, or knitting/cross stitch.

10) Go on a date
Catch up with your best friend or significant other. Try out a new restaurant, go bowling, rock climbing, whatever! Whether its a favorite activity or you’re trying something new, just go out and have fun!

Read articles published in Nature about pandemic burnout and the mental health of graduate students at these links!