3 Tips for Fighting Stress When Working in Computing & Technology

September 16, 2023

It does, indeed, take many different personalities, skill sets, and areas of experience to make the world go round, and everyone is as valuable as each other when it comes to what they are contributing and the industry in which they specialize.

For those working in the high-paced, ever-changing, and potentially exceedingly stressful field of computing and technology, oftentimes, the stress is specific to the industry and consists of numerous important deadlines that need to be met.

With this in mind, here are three effective tips for fighting stress when working in computing and technology.

Become Aware of Your Personal Triggers

First and foremost, identifying your personal triggers is one of the most fundamental things you need to do when you are looking to reduce your stress levels at work and avoid total tech burnout.

Everyone’s experience is entirely different, but the following triggers are the most common:

  • No support from the manager
  • No control over workload
  • New technology that has not been properly explained
  • Little or no reward for going ‘above and beyond’
  • Being treated unfairly
  • Being understaffed and having a lot of work fall on you

Next, you should bear in mind the common signs and symptoms of tech burnout, which include a complete lack of pleasure in the role, little to no motivation, low morale, a pressured turnover, reduced levels of performance, and particularly low self-esteem.

Holistic Therapies

In the same way that people who spend their whole working lives outdoors, such as in the case of landscape gardeners and architects, they want to spend their free time in the warmth and comfort of their home, for technology workers, it makes sense you will want to spend a more organic day off.

When it comes to combatting stress, why not look into more holistic and natural treatments rather than immediately going down the manufactured medicine route, such as medical cannabis and ancient forms of meditation and acupuncture? When it comes to medical cannabis, you will have had to have tried other forms of treatment before getting a prescription. Cannabis is illegal in many countries for recreational use but has recently started being medically prescribed to help manage the symptoms of certain conditions.

Ensure You Are Both Valuable & Valued

Another incredibly important aspect of managing your stress levels, aside from the fact that you should be in contact with your doctor or even be talking to a therapist to understand the underlying causes, is to look at your job in the tech world itself.

Even if you joined the company many years ago, when there were only a handful of employees and, therefore, you worked in a close-knit and inspirational company culture, it may well be the case that now, you are just a number on the employee list.

Make sure that not only are you valuable in terms of your skillsets and knowledge bases but that you are also valued and consistently shown appreciation and respect by your managers and colleagues in your current technical role.


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