- Gary Huynh
Ahoy there, coders! Get ready to set sail on yet another adventure in our
mental health series for
developers. This time, we're exploring the treacherous waters of
The Impact of Isolation on Mental Health: Why Developers Should Stay Connected. So, pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favorite brew, and let's dive in!
As developers, we're often considered solitary creatures, supposedly happiest when left alone with our screens, our code, and a never-ending supply of caffeine. But is this really the best way to work, or is it a fast track to the land of burnout and isolation?
Well, as per Susan Pinker's book "The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter", isolation isn't just detrimental to our mental health, but it can also take a toll on our physical well-being. And, as we've explored in previous chapters, our
physical health directly impact the
quality of our work.
So, how do we navigate these challenging waters? Here are some strategies:
Network, Network, Network: Whether it's attending
developer meetups, joining
online forumsor participating in
code sprints, make an effort to connect with your fellow
developers. Not only can you learn a lot, but it also provides a sense of
Peer Programming: Working on a challenging piece of code? Try
pair programming. It's a great way to
learn, and break the feeling of isolation.
Mentor and Be Mentored: If you're a seasoned
mentoringa newbie. If you're just starting out, seek out a
mentor. It's a great way to share
knowledge, gain new
perspectives, and build
Take Breaks with Others: Taking coffee or lunch breaks with colleagues can help create a connection and open the door for non-work related conversations.
Check-In Regularly: Whether it's a weekly team meeting or a simple
daily greeting, regular check-ins can make you feel more connected and less isolated.
Don't Underestimate Small Talk: Yes, it may seem inconsequential, but a few minutes of casual conversation about the
TV show, or a
shared hobbycan go a long way in building rapport and a sense of belonging.
While we, as
developers, cherish our alone time, it's important to remember that
we're social creatures at heart. So, don't shy away from connecting with others in the coding community - you'll be surprised by the positive impact it can have on your work and
Until our next voyage into "Embracing Failure: How to Turn Coding Mistakes into Learning Opportunities", keep coding, keep connecting, and above all, keep thriving!
- Pinker, S. (2014). The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter. Random House Canada.