Anxiety is common when working in tech. Here a few tips I use every day to manage anxiety at work.
Every time I get stuck with a task at work, anxiety can build up: will I hit the deadline? What will my boss think of my performance? Will my co-worker make fun of me for struggling?
The best way I found for myself to relax and get my focus back it either going for a walk around the block or go in the kitchen to fill my water bottle, take the time to drink it all there, fill it again and go back to my desk.
Most of us working in tech are sitting all day. Recently I have been experiencing issues with my lower back, it was hurting E-VE-RY day. I did consult a physiotherapist to get some immediate help, but the other things that helped me a lot were: investing in a good quality sit/stand desk, workout 3 times a week and stretch frequently…. A LOT!
When in the thick of it, it easy to spiral and get overwhelmed. I purchased an Apple Watch last year and set up reminders on it to take deep breaths with its Breathe feature. Every time I am getting overwhelmed, I set my Breathe app to 1 or 2 minutes, close my eyes and focus on the vibrations on my wrist to guide my breathing.
Stay in contact during the day with your friends and family. You can also call them during your break, whether to share your anxiety with them or just catch up.
I regularly communicate with my girlfriend, family, and friends during the day, to help me wind down. The added benefit is that your partner, friend or family member can benefit from that conversation too.
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