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Resources from my talk about self-care in tech 🌱

The Most Important UI: You

πŸ–₯ PDF Slides πŸ“ Abstract


πŸ“– Definition of self-care
"A self-initiated, deliberate act to establish and maintain physical, mental and emotional health"

πŸ“– I won't tell you to stop working, but I can try to help you not burn out
A Medium article by Jennifer Parsons about why self-care is a problem in the tech industry.


Open-source repository full of resources, sorted by category, targeted specifically at developers and others working in tech. They also have their own Twitter bot.

πŸ›  You Feel Like Shit
A check-in tool that asks a series of looping questions to discover and track which areas of self-care you should focus on.

πŸ›  Aloe Bud iOS App
A self-care companion app where you can build out your own dashboard - balancing concrete actions, self-reflection and gentle reminders.

πŸ›  Mental Health Resources
List of help line numbers and other general resources for addressing mental health emergencies.

πŸ›  Programming Your Hands
Exercises you can do at your desk that focus on a developer's tool of choice - hands.

A resource that reads like software docs by breaking down issues and providing actionable steps for burnout prevention and recovery.

Twitter Bots

🌈 A guide to self-care twitter bots
List of Twitter bots devoted to self-care, written by yours truly. For each bot, I cover its background, style, tweet frequency and favorite topics.

Some example bots:
πŸ€– @tinycarebot
πŸ€– @check_o_tron
πŸ€– @everydaycarebot
πŸ€– @selfcare_bot
πŸ€– @yayfrens

If you're feeling down, send a 🌹 to @aloebud

Online communities

πŸ‹ 100 Days of Healthing
A challenge that mimics the concept of 100 days of coding, except you commit to spending 1 hour per day on your physical, mental or emotional health for 100 days.

πŸ‹ LemondAid
Active, supportive community for women where you can unload your struggles and share successes anonymously.

πŸ‹ CodeNewbie
The CodeNewbie slack has a channel dedicated to mental health where you can discuss wellness in the workplace.


🎀 AnxietyTech
A conference for learning how to advocate for mental health at work and how technology can be better designed to support mental health.

🎀 You Got This
A conference for juniors covering around what's needed for a happy, healthy work life.

From My Toolkit

🏠 Work from home on therapy days (idea from Bryan Hughes)
🀳 Bathroom mirror selfies at work
🚿 Long showers (colder showers for relieving anxiety and stress, warmer for relaxing muscles)
🍴 Eating lunch alone
πŸ“² Turning off badge alerts on my phone

Ask Yourself Daily

πŸ’– What have I done today that feels nourishing, supportive and inspiring for my well-being?


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