/Mental Health

Burnout in Software Development - Survey Results 2021

- Umer Mansoor tl;dr: (1) 82% indicated that they've experienced burnout in last 6-8 months. (2) 73% said burnout is negatively impacting productivity or personal life. (3) Increased workload and poor work culture are the main reasons. (4) 77% indicated that management is not aware or not taking steps to help. (5) 78% of the developers said they are planning to switch job within 12 months.

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To Recover From Burnout, Regain Your Sense Of Control

- Elizabeth Grace Saunders tl;dr: When burned out, you think your circumstances are out of your control, but this victim mindset blocks you from changing your situation. You need to believe you have agency over your situation and you can implement changes, ranging from being more attentive to your physical and emotional needs, creating more boundaries at work (e.g. work less, take time off) or even looking for a new job.

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Mental Health Impacts Of A Big Tech Job

- Jake Preston tl;dr: "I got to a point where I needed to leave and focus on myself." Jacob talks about the toxic work culture during his time at Apple and recounts a story where work was valued over employee's mental health. Much of this was exacerbated due to the fact that he could never switch off from work while at home.

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Burning Out And Quitting

- Maya Kaczorowski tl;dr: "So why did I burn out? It was the neverending treadmill of yet another day’s worth of useless meetings, with a todo list that only grows, while you get less and less done on it every day. There isn’t a single moment that causes burnout, but there is a single moment when you realize it..." Maya discusses her experience.

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How To Talk About Your Mental Health With Your Employer

- Kelly Greenwood tl;dr: (1) Self-reflect on the impact your mental is having on your work performance. (2) Consider context and resources that are available to you. (3) Explore your comfort level around sharing. (4) Start the conversation and have empathy for your manager.

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Pockets Of Rest Enable Careers

- Will Larson tl;dr: Two pieces of advice if you feel burnt out: (1) Avoid making career decisions while in a bad mental place - take a two week vacation. (2) Great careers are not linear but often have a number of lulls. When you’re high energy, these lulls are opportunities to learn and accelerate your trajectory. When you are low energy, they are opportunities to rest.

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How To Prevent Or Recover From Developer Burnout

tl;dr: The author provides symptoms of burnout and runs through advice in four core areas - career, time management, lifestyle and self-care.

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Managing Founder Stress

- Sherry Walling tl;dr: Our bodies are designed for acute stress that comes with a specific event or moment e.g. a presentation. Experiencing this is healthy and contributes to peak performance. However, stress is harmful when it's chronic. Dr. Sherry Walling outlines tactics to cope, including recognizing your individual stress signals early on (eating sugar, nausea, etc...).

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How Hard Should I Push Myself?

- Dan Shipper tl;dr: Stress is a biological reaction to danger. As humans, we're able to induce it at other times, which can be harmful. Ways to combat stress are to increase your sense of control and predictability of a situation, create outlets for frustration e.g. exercise and increase social support.

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Breaking The Taboo – What I Learned From Talking About Mental Health In The Workplace

- Sophie Küster tl;dr: (1) You are never the only one. (2) Openness is a habit, not a character trait. (3) There's strength in showing vulnerability. (4) Some people just don’t get it, and more.

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