It is best to activate the default mode by taking a break from your work daily. A big source of conflict comes from asking for recommendations. PhD students of reddit: do you regret it?
It's not a credential you casually pick up to make yourself more employable, it's not meant to be a leisurely stroll through academia where they give you. There are several MSTPs. I know, I know. It's not because grad students are boring or have lower sex drives or anything like that.