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Postgraduates

Postgraduate courses can be challenging, time consuming and at times overwhelming. You will be balancing a high workload and likely be figuring out a career path. While you will want to do the best you can, it is important to do so without compromising your wellbeing.  
 
Here are some top tips to look after your wellbeing while completing your postgraduate course: 

Top tips to look after your WB

Plan your year carefully, including breaks:

During your postgraduate course it can be useful to plan ahead. Prioritising tasks can help ensure you get the most out of your postgraduate studies. Know when your deadlines are coming up and plan for them, make sure you use your limited time efficiently.  Organising your tasks and planning ahead can help you to feel more in control of your studies. When you are planning ahead it is not all about work, being organised will help you to create time for other aspects in your life. Plan in time to look after yourself and your wellbeing. Taking time off to look after yourself and your wellbeing can help to combat stress and increase productivity. 
 
It can be more productive to use short bursts of concentration rather than spending long periods in front of your computer. The Pomodoro Technique can be a helpful tool to use: 

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Seek Peer support

Having a good support network can be helpful when things get though. Completing a postgraduate degree provides a great opportunity to build a network with other postgraduate students.  

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You don't have to be perfect

Setting goals and having high standards helps us achieve things in life. There is a difference, however, between a healthy pursuit of excellence and unhelpful perfectionism. When goals and tasks are only achievable at great cost, emotionally and/or physically and socially, perfectionism becomes a problem and can actually impair performance.  

Students on postgraduate courses are generally there because they did well in their undergraduate degree. This can lead to students having high expectations of success at postgraduate level. For some students, perfectionism may lead to staying up all night to finish a paper, which (if done repeatedly) can be detrimental to their wellbeing. Other students may set goals that are impossible to reach which may lead to procrastination, avoidance and not feeling good enough.  
 
Allowing yourself to take breaks and plan in fun activities will help to improve both your wellbeing and your performance.  

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Look after your wellbeing and make sure of University resources:

If you are struggling with any aspect of your life at Warwick, or you want to be more involved in the postgraduate community at Warwick, you may find the following links helpful: 

University of Warwick resources for Postgraduates
Helpful advice and information about being a postgraduate
Wellbeing Support Services  

Wellbeing Support Services offer a ‘Steps to Wellbeing’ programme which addresses different topics related to wellbeing – you can sign up here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/students/wbprogramme/ 

Wellbeing masterclasses: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/students/masterclass 

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