i recently had a minor wake up call that i wasn't taking care of myself and it 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.
have a link to share? just submit a pull request!
this project is intended to be a living, breathing resource.
i wrote a post on medium to dig a little deeper into why i made this site.selfcare_tech
i made a twitter bot if you'd like to follow it. there are reminders for selfcare practice and the occasional link as well.
an interactive flow chart for people who struggle with self care.
a non-profit organization website with forums that is focusing on improving mental state of IT-workers.
a scientifically-minded reproductive health app (iOS, Android) that goes beyond mere period tracking.
a good, general overview of self-care practices.
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.
a short, inspirational guide to getting started with your self-care practices.
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.
while mostly targeted at students, this site features short video guides on handling stress, relationships, and improving overall wellness.
a collection of information on taking care of your hands and other body parts.
an extensive getting started guide to exercises.
an app (iOS, Android) that provides short workouts with great instruction.
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.
Automatic meal planner to help stick with a balanced diet, calculated based on your body and lifestyle parameters.
a down-to-earth video explaining basic meditation from WellCast.
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.
this short, concise, classic book by Thich Nhat Hanh introduces the practical application of mindfulness both in meditation and in daily life.
Plum Village has a list of mindfulness practices to help you bring mindfulness into your daily life.
a few useful thoughts on getting started with meditation and dispelling a few myths about the practice.
a beautiful 60-second meditation tool to help clear your mind.
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.
free guided meditation for iOS, Android and the web.
a wonderful collection of free and paid apps and MP3s by a Scottish hypnotherapist.
an irreverant, but surprisingly helpful 2 1/2 minute meditation.
an app (iOS) that offers access to hundreds of short, guided meditations.
meditation made simple. learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.
a simple mindfulness meditation app that brings clarity and peace of mind into your life.
an app that will lead you through meditations. It comes with reminders to help you remember to meditate.
Jack Kornfield's website lists various well-writtetn meditations, some of them in audio/video, on walking, mindfulness, gratitude and various other topics.
sometimes you need someone to tell you it's ok. Sometimes you need someone to tell you your breath smells great.
adoptable kittens, livestreaming 24/7. enough said, right?
random slides of manatees with phrases as if they were your best parent-type friend.
live feeds of peaceful jellyfish, waving kelp forests and other sea life.
sled dog puppies at the Historic Park Kennels of the Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States.
soothing videos (some without music) of vegan food recipes being prepared in beatiful kitchen.
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.
a nice guide to the health benefits of journaling including some tips on getting started.
30 Prompts for self-reflection and self-discovery when you don't know what to write about.
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.
a free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites.
a Google Chrome extension that limits the amount of time that you can spend on time-wasting websites.
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.
a background noise generator with built-in text editor.
a site with a very wide variety of noise generators, ranging from nature sounds and industrial noises to soundscapes and simulated voices.
a 30-minute thunderstorm loop, online and an app.
a combination white-noise and pomodoro-timer app for iOS. soothing sounds & periodic "take a break" reminders.
8 hour long video that highlights the sound of rain.
a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game.
gamify your life to improve your mood and conquer your challenges.
triggers the body’s ‘rest and digest’ response by slowly and continuously moving your fingertip on the screen.
a Twine game for queer trans mentally ill people who want to live out the fantasy of a world that is both kind and fucking awesome.
a bot that checks in on you.
Reminders to take your medications from a robot that swallowed a thesaurus.
a bot that is your friend who loves you and even responds to your retweets.
a bot that helps you get things done in a balanced way.
humans are squishy and weak, but they are my friends, so i remind them to drink water.
a bot to remind you to be kind to yourself during the day and take breaks every 3 hours.
Caroline Moore's talk from OSFeels 2016.
a great talk by Kathleen Danielson at PyCon 2015 about how burnout happens, what it looks like, and how to recover from it.
Pam Selle's February 2012 Ignite Philly 9 talk on going the fuck home after work, working while you're at work, and being happy.
a walk in the park may soothe the mind and change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health.
a TED talk from Guy Winch about why emotional health and hygiene are just as important as physical health and hygiene.
a NYT article that covers the phenomenon of decision fatigue.
advice on how to conquer “decision fatigue”.
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!).