Managing Developer Stress: Cracking Under The Pressure

In technology, where change is rapid and abrupt, software teams often burn out as a result of stress.



It's true for 83% of engineers in the UK, according to an analysis by Haystack.


Most said that it's worsened since the pandemic started.


According to the survey, there are a number of reasons for stress in the workplace, including increased workloads, fears based on uncertainty, isolation from loved ones and coworkers, and lack of support from employers. 


They are less productive, too, but the days when overtime and burnout were considered signs of diligence are gone.


Stress is not accepted as normal in the current workplace climate, as 78% of employees say that they plan, or have planned, to quit their jobs.


It is hard to find good software developers; keeping them becomes a challenge when companies ignore or remain unaware of their difficulties. 


Despite having different signs, stress is not easy to figure out.


Signs may vary depending on the person, but there are a few to look out for.


Here are some behavioral changes you may be able to detect:


  • Having trouble sleeping


  • Having headaches frequently


  • Loss of appetite


  • Energy levels have dropped


These points may require closer examination:


  • Over-worrying and anxiousness


  • A sudden memory loss


  • Being easily overwhelmed


  • Loss of the ability to concentrate due to overthinking


Consider the following strategies if you are a software developer who is overwhelmed by work pressures:


1. Inform your supervisors about your problems.



Despite being able to empathize with their team members, even empathetic managers can occasionally be unaware of their internal struggles.


Talking openly to a trusted leader may result in changes that can prevent similar stressful situations in the future.


2. Examine how you react to different situations.


It's not always the work itself that causes stress, but our response to it.


For instance, a developer can distinguish between the projects that are truly urgent amid the sea of similar requests, he or she will be saved from the stress of having to meet unrealistic demands.


3. Change your way of life.


It's not just about work; how we live also affects stress levels.


Poor sleeping habits can exhaust the body no matter what the task is.


Exercise increases energy levels, and eating well improves concentration.



4. Stop and take a deep breath.


Keeping your eyes on our problems only causes them to seem bigger.


When we rest the mind, we can gain clarity and see solutions more clearly.


Plan short breaks throughout the day, even on the busiest days.


Take 20-minute yoga, watch funny videos on youtube, or drink your favorite coffee while you're away from work.



5. Try to reach professional assistance.



Even if you control your emotions and circumstances better, you might still need support.


When you're reaching a breaking point, therapy and counseling are not shameful options.


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