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Episode Info: Welcome to episode 91 of the Nerd Journey Podcast [@NerdJourney]! We’re John White (@vJourneyman) and Nick Korte (@NetworkNerd_), two Pre-Sales Technical Engineers who are hoping to bring you the IT career advice that we wish we’d been given earlier in our careers. In today’s episode we discuss the concepts of Dan Siegel’s Healthy Mind Platter when managing career stress. Original Recording Date: 08-28-2020 Topics – Dan Siegel’s Healthy Mind Platter 1:00 – Setting the Stage Found an article validating stress in IT workers via Spiceworks Get involved with a community! Stress, burnout and redundancy: Tough times in IT No time to switch off Worry of losing job or contract during pandemic Fewer outlets to unload stress / get a break Boundaries around remote work Half of employers don’t provide formal support for mental health issues, and one in seven tech professionals describe their employer as unsupportive on mental health issues. The article tracked John and Nick’s experience with the current work environment. Not every company had the capability of providing universal work-from-home Even if you had the capability, it might not have been while every other person was at home working or remote schooling John forgot that other companies might have issued desktops in-office Nick has heard about people “living” at their data centers to properly support their applications and customers 7:01 – Healthy Mind Platter Introduction Seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being Optimize the performance of the brain Mindful Awareness Research Center John noticed that it was created in collaboration with David Rock who authored books we’ve mentioned before, Your Brain At Work and Coaching With The Brain In Mind 8:54 Focus Time When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain Flow state We probably all do this every day Also includes active listening or doing presentations Nick shuts down email to help get there 10:48 Play Time When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain John thinks this includes doing interesting work-adjacent projects which you really enjoy Nick regards the podcast as play time 12:07 Connecting Time When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry It’s a tough time to do this during COVID-19 Video calls aren’t the same John’s heard that the fewer people on a video call, the closer to an in-person experience it is Nick especially likes this outside 14:18 Physical Time When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways John’s experienced this with swing-dancing and cycling Nick’s experienced this with dance-aerobics, re...
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