When I went to the 2015 Phoenix Information Technology Conference, I only expected to learn about the ins and outs in the tech world. “I’d occupy a sit, listen to the panelists, and ask questions if I have any.” At least, that’s what I thought would be the case.
Well, although my idea wasn’t far from reality, there’s something else I did not foresee: meeting new colleagues in the industry who were having a hard time dealing with stress. I have always known that it’s a competitive field, but it never occurred to me how much some people are suffering due to it.
In hopes of helping my brothers and sisters in tech, therefore, here are a few tips on how to cope with work-related stress.
1. Surround Yourself With Caring Folks
One thing that’s certain about the tech industry is that it consists of more males than females. It entails that almost every sector is pumped with testosterone, and it may be difficult to find empathic people there. For this reason, it will be ideal to surround yourself with family and friends whom you can count on to listen to your ramblings outside of the workplace. You won’t then feel the need to hide your emotions and develop other issues because of stress.
2. Distribute The Work To Colleagues
Another problem in this male-dominated world is that it seems hard for folks to delegate tasks to other co-workers. They worry about not getting the full credit for a project well done, frankly speaking. However, due to that attitude, you tend to stress yourself out more than necessary. It is better to distribute the work as much as possible to the entire team.
3. Take A Leave Of Absence At Least Once A Year
The most pressured individuals in the office are the ones who practically work for 365 days a year. Some have to do it because the projects they handle are too delicate to put in another person’s hands. Others, meanwhile, are plain workaholics. If this setup is affecting your mental well-being, though, you should take some time off work and spend days or weeks out of town without thinking about your workplace.
Should you want to stay longer in the tech world, you need to deal with your stressors immediately. Otherwise, they might suffocate you with anxiety and bring more troubles in your life. Good luck!