a repository of self-care resources for developers & others

About this site

not that long ago, i had a minor wake up call. i wasn't taking care of myself and and my body told me so in no uncertain terms. the experience started me thinking about how important self care is, and how little we pay attention to it in the tech community.

so often i see my fellow developers ignoring their basic needs for rest and refreshment. i started this site to provide a central location to find links that will help us all take better care of ourselves.

not a developer or involved in tech? you still deserve to take time for self-care, too! you don't have to be in tech to contribute and use these links.

i also wrote a post on medium to dig a little deeper into why i made this site: I won’t tell you to stop working, but I can try to help you not burn out

Contributing to the site

have a link to share? just submit a pull request!
this project is intended to be a living, breathing resource.

contribute a link bots

i made a few bots if you'd like to follow them. there are reminders for selfcare practice and the occasional link as well.

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general self-care

A History of Self-Care »

some history to give perspective on where the term "self-care" came from and how it's evolved over the years.

Aloe »

Aloe is a self-care focused community within Femsplain. Fast or slow, we're giving you the tools to grow. Features a newsletter, twitter bot and Medium publication of useful articles.(Aloe is also now an app)

WellCast »

while mostly targeted at students, this site features short video guides on handling stress, relationships, and improving overall wellness.

7 Ways to Maximize Misery »

a video that shows you how to make yourself sad. a form of reverse psychology that powerfully shows some of those bad habits and ways of living that are so easy to slip into.

100 Days of Healthing »

Inspired by 100DaysofCode, 100 Days of Healthing is a challenge to spend an hour a day, for 100 days, working on your health & self care. It’s permission to give yourself an hour a day. And we’re all here with you.

LemonAid »

LemonAid offers an active, supportive community where you can unload your struggles and share successes anonymously. they believe in openly speaking about mental health, trauma, human rights and professional challenges. as of now, the community is open for those who are female-identifying, but they are working to expand that. check out the website, or just join the [Slack Group](

tools to use right now

I Am Having A Crisis & Can't Go On »

some helpful guidelines if things are really bad and you find yourself in crisis. please seek out the resources on that page if you feel like you can't go any further on your own.

burnout recovery »

a resource that reads (in a good way) like documentation for a code library or development methodology, breaking down actionable steps for recovering from burnout.

Recovering from Burnout »

The author describes his own struggle and recovery from burnout. Most importantly, he outlines that burnout isn't always caused by overwork. He identifies 6 reasons: Lack of control, Values conflict, Insufficient reward, Work overload, Unfairness, Breakdown of community.

Preventing and Dealing with Burnout in Web Development »

This episode of Syntax is entitled "Preventing and Dealing with Burnout in Web Development", and covers exactly that. They talk about what burnout is, discuss how prevention isn't easy (but certainly easier than digging out once you're burned out), and give ways to prevent it.

exercise and health

Brain Over Brawn »

The "owner's manual for the human body", a free e-book on how to maintain your body in decent condition. Fair warning, the importance of eating at regular interval has been debunked since the release, but the rest of the book still stands.

Eat This Much »

Automatic meal planner to help stick with a balanced diet, calculated based on your body and lifestyle parameters.

Clue »

a scientifically-minded reproductive health app (iOS, Android) that goes beyond mere period tracking.

Cooking Without Spoons »

"A cooking blog for when you Just Can't" This blog covers very simple recipies and cooking staple items for when you don't have the energy to cook, but want to feed yourself well.

meditation & mindfulness resources

How To Meditate For Beginners »

this comprehensive guide covers exactly: where to meditate, how to meditate, what to do with your mind, how long to do it for, and even how long before you start seeing benefits.

The Miracle of Mindfulness »

this short, concise, classic book by Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the practical application of mindfulness both in meditation and in daily life.

Mindfulness Practices »

Plum Village has a list of mindfulness practices to help you bring mindfulness into your daily life.

Pocket Mindfulness »

James teaches mindfulness as a pathway to self-acceptance and inner peace, a pathway that helps release the attachment, aversion and desire responsible for the day-to-day suffering of mind that prevents us from discovering true contentment in life.

meditations & tools

Breathe Luv »

a lovely, peaceful breathing app with three speed settings and gentle animations. no ads. iOS only for now.

Ground & Center »

a good outline of a classic meditation visualization that can work well in a short amount of time if you are feeling out of sorts.

Headspace »

meditation made simple. learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.

Calm »

a simple mindfulness meditation app that brings clarity and peace of mind into your life.

The Mindfulness App »

an app that will lead you through meditations. It comes with reminders to help you remember to meditate.

Meditations »

Jack Kornfield's website lists various well-writtetn meditations, some of them in audio/video, on walking, mindfulness, gratitude and various other topics.


Music for Programming »

a series of mixes intended for listening while working to aid concentration and increase productivity.

Selfie: A Podcast About Self-care and Other Shit »

Sarah James, a lifestyle blogger and self-help aficionado, is joined by bestie Kristen Howerton, a writer and psychotherapist, as they tackle the tricky and often elusive aspects of caring for ourselves.

10 Percent Happier podcast »

Dan Harris is a fidgety, skeptical ABC newsman who had a panic attack live on Good Morning America, which led him to something he always thought was ridiculous: meditation. In this podcast, Dan talks with smart people about whether there's anything beyond 10%. Basically, here's what this podcast is obsessed with: Can you be an ambitious person and still strive for enlightenment (whatever that means)?


Bouncy Castle »

a weekly email filled only with things that make its contributors smile.

The Kids Should See This »

here’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that kids haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them… But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

Zen Habits »

Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.

Brain Pickings »

a free weekly interestingness digest. It comes out on Sunday mornings and offers the week’s most unmissable articles across creativity, psychology, art, science, design, philosophy, and other facets of our search for meaning.

Girls' Night In »

A weekly Friday newsletter and community for women who'd rather stay in tonight + recharge. We only share fun or positive things.

uplift & positivity

Emergency Compliment »

sometimes you need someone to tell you it's ok. Sometimes you need someone to tell you your breath smells great.

Calming Manatee »

random slides of manatees with phrases as if they were your best parent-type friend.

Webcam: Sled Dog Puppies »

sled dog puppies at the Historic Park Kennels of the Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.

Peaceful Cuisine »

soothing videos (some without music) of vegan food recipes being prepared in beatiful kitchen.

Self Love Anthems »

A Spotify playlist with songs about self love. These can be used as daily affirmations, in times of confidence, or in times of self-doubt to get you excited about loving + taking care of yourself!


750 Words »

online, always private, blank page for anything you want to say. the site is built around The Artist's Way's practice of free-association writing first thing in the morning. exports are available.

Journaling and Self Care »

Joshua Ginter shares his experience of how journaling as an accountant helped him get through the hectic tax season more healthily.

offline activities

Colouring Pages »

Del provides printable, Creative Commons licensed coloring pages for grown ups on her Free Colouring Pages and also sells a coloring book and a digital book on how to draw mandalas yourself.

Solitaire »

often called "Patience," more than 150 Solitaire games have been devised.

Calming Crafts »

the Sea Lemon youtube channel offers tutorials on making lots of different crafts, often related to paper crafts and organizational tools. the video linked here is focused on calming crafts, but her videos are soothing to watch on their own as well.

general apps & tools

#SelfCare »

Short description: Smartphone app (iOS and Android) that gameifies self-care with gentle games you always win, tarot cards, and a cat to pet.

f.lux »

OS X app makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.

SelfControl »

a free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites.

StayFocusd »

a Google Chrome extension that limits the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.

Workrave »

a program for Linux and Windows that reminds users to take micro-pauses and rest breaks.


mood and healthy behavior tracking, meditations and other activities to help you cope with stress or anxiety.

Twilight »

An Android app like F.lux; makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, red-shifted at night and normal during the day.

Happify »

Happify provides a variety of easy to do and effective exercises to teach you new emotional skills and coping methods. Available for iOS, Android, and desktop!

Time Out »

A web application that gently reminds to you take breaks during the day. You can choose a theme, set customizable breaks and even track your activity.

Jinglow »

A customisable mindfulness recording studio that goes with you wherever you go

noise generators

Noisli »

a background noise generator with built-in text editor.

MyNoise »

a site with a very wide variety of noise generators, ranging from nature sounds and industrial noises to soundscapes and simulated voices.

Rainy Mood »

a 30-minute thunderstorm loop, online and an app.

Tide »

a combination white-noise and pomodoro-timer app for iOS. soothing sounds & periodic "take a break" reminders.

a.m. ambient »

a.m. ambient is an internet radio stream featuring bright and positive ambient music.

Purrli »

the internet has a cat. complete with random little meows and various options to control the intensity of all those purrs.

helpful games

Habitica »

a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game.

Super Better »

gamify your life to improve your mood and conquer your challenges.

Pause »

triggers the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response by slowly and continuously moving your fingertip on the screen.

Self-Care Game Jam »

a collection of games, little tools, zines, music, and bots created as part of the game jam.

Viridi »

Viridi is a meditative potted plant app for both desktop (PC/OSX) and mobile (Android/iOS). the soundtrack is also available.

self care bots

Medbot »

Reminders to take your medications from a robot that swallowed a thesaurus.

Yayfrens Bot »

a bot that is your friend who loves you and even responds to your retweets.

hydration time!! »

humans are squishy and weak, but they are my friends, so i remind them to drink water.

take a break pls »

a bot to remind you to be kind to yourself during the day and take breaks every 3 hours.

pls_take_care »

Twitter bot, tweets self-care reminders. One of the first ever self-care bots.

talks & articles

How to ADHD (YouTube Channel) »

Quick video guides to managing your ADHD (since a lot of tech workers have it and could harness it for good rather than feeding their self-doubt!).

Self-care for Nerds »

slides from a presentation by @aditibhandari with tips on self-care including some hand and wrist exercises

Ted Talk: Jane McGonigal on her healing game, SuperBetter »

when game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she dove into scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. in her talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience.

You're Already Doing Just Fine »

Noelle Daley gives an excellent talk at Donut.js exploring self-improvement, and the radical idea that perhaps you're already doing just fine.

articles and resources for building self-care tools

Offline Only »

you have to actually go offline to read this thoughtful piece on the potential of building offline web-based things.

getting to know yourself