UI Employee Assistance Program

Campus Address
121-50 USB
Mailing Address

121 University Services Building, Suite 50
Iowa City, IA 52242-1911
United States

Self-care is an important strategy to boost your resilience. Take a moment each day to do at least one small thing to take care of yourself.


  • Drink more water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Take a walk
  • Get enough sleep
  • Put down your phone
  • Take a bubble bath or hot shower


  • Reach out to friends
  • Write down three things you are grateful for
  • Watch a funny movie
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Enjoy your favorite foods
  • Ask a trusted friend for support


  • Use a planner
  • Look for ways to find a sense of purpose
  • Get coffee or lunch with a friend
  • Spend time with friends or family
  • Learn something new
  • Communicate your needs
  • Prepare the night before


  • Keep a reflective journal
  • Engage in a non-work hobby
  • Make time for relaxation
  • Engage with positive friends and family
  • Contact the Employee Assistance Program for support


  • Talk to someone new during your lunch break
  • Clear the clutter in your work space
  • Do not work during your time off
  • Take mental health days
  • Leave work at work
  • Take advantage of vacation time


  • Engage in reflective practices like meditation
  • Try a yoga class
  • Make time for activities that make you happy
  • Volunteer for a good cause
  • Unplug from technology
  • Adopt a positive attitude
  • Help someone else

Download this list of self-care strategies in PDF format. For additional advice and services, contact the Employee Assistance Program.