Mental Health for people in tech

The technical industry is characterized by high stress, long work hours as well as workplace pressure. This demanding environment blurs the line between your professional and personal life.

Your mental health suffers a lot in the constant social pressure to network and make a name for yourself. Here, are certain ideas to implement at your workplace to take care of your mental health.

Speak your mind

Speaking your mind can help you maintain your mental health. Don’t consider sharing your feelings as a sign of weakness; it’s a part of taking charge of your wellbeing.

Though it’s hard to talk about feelings at work, but if you have colleagues you can talk to, it can really help. Find your tribe at work who can be your peers with whom you can share your day to day problems, issues and seek advice, or open up with family and friends outside work.

Identify triggers

Everyone has different triggers for anxiety in the workplace. It could be doing a presentation or writing reports or going to a company function. You must track situations that make you uncomfortable in order to prepare.

Start by listing out things that make you anxious. Then do things that are relaxing whenever those triggers come up. You can do light stretching, breathing exercises or maybe take a quick walk. Best is to remove yourself from the situation when you feel the stress and save your response for later.

Active lifestyle

Regular exercise or physical activity can help reduce depression and anxiety across all age groups. It is important for promoting your physical and mental well-being.

You need not do gym daily to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can also help a lot. Here are some ideas you can adopt in the workplace:

  • Take the stairs rather than a lift.
  • Take breaks and go for a quick walk
  • Organize a work sporting activity
  • Do some easy exercise, such as stretching, at your desk
  • Walk to someone’s desk rather than calling

Challenge yourself

One of the worst things you can do in life is to grow stagnant. Even you have achieved a good place in life, there are always areas for growth. You cannot overlook the importance of having goals to work toward.

Having goals and challenging yourself to accomplish them can promote a healthy mental attitude. A purpose in life is a crucial element of your overall happiness and life satisfaction.

Prioritize your sleep

Mental health awareness

In the tech industry, you might struggle to get seven to nine hours of sleep each night. But being sleep-deprived will only exacerbate emotional and psychological problems.

You must ensure that you get a sleep that is restful so that you are energized for the day ahead. Eliminate things such as caffeine, alcohol or smoking before sleep as they can negatively impact sleep.

In case you are struggling with your mental health, don’t feel ashamed to seek out professional help.

Eat properly

When you have too much work to do, it’s easy to skip meals – either accidentally or intentionally (to save time). However, not having proper caloric intake or hydration can lead to declined mental health. This will make you more irritable at your workplace.

What’s the solution then? Make sure that you set time aside to eat lunch. You can’t do your work without fuel. Having a lunch break will also give you a few minutes to decompress away from work.

Looking ahead at the new year, let us all resolve to take some positive steps towards better mental health!

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This is a guest post by Nitin Gupta

Nitin is a voracious reader and a passionate writer. Having worked with numerous billing software companies and MNCs across the world, he really has very to the point and enthralling insights about the industry and the people working in them. Nitin writes about technology and how it impacts the various industries such as pharma, hospitality, travel, and many others as well.

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