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Valentin Prugnaud ๐ŸฆŠ
Valentin Prugnaud ๐ŸฆŠ

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Mental Health Pixel - Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is common when working in tech. Here a few tips I use every day to manage anxiety at work.

1 - Get away from your computer

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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.

2 - Stretch

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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 frequentlyโ€ฆ. A LOT!

3 - Take a breath

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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.

4 - Call a friend or family member

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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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Top comments (5)

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Kristijan Pajtasev

Generally I would add it is good to have something outside of tech.

Not so much anxiety in my case as some other stuff, but if one day I go for run, next I play piano etc and it makes huge difference having something else to constantly look forward.

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Patrick Charles-Lundaahl

I definitely agree with this! It always amazes me how much better I feel after I take a break from my coding side project and play music or games for an evening.

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Valentin Prugnaud ๐ŸฆŠ

I agree! Variety is key ๐Ÿ™‚

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Travis Werbelow

As someone with anxiety, it's always nice to see this topic being talked about.

A couple things that help my anxiety are:

Writing things down, getting it out of my head and onto paper or digital helps a lot.

Meditation when I remember ๐Ÿ˜…

Like you mentioned, breathing. There are a handful of breathing techniques out there that are great.

Spending less time on social media, especially Twitter for devs. It can quickly be a place where you feel behind the times.

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Valentin Prugnaud ๐ŸฆŠ

Great insights! Thanks for sharing your tips Travis ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ