The Anxious Developer Newsletter

Andrei Zgîrvaci

A weekly newsletter tailored for Software Developers seeking to reduce their stress and overcome anxiety in the workplace!

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Have you missed me?

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, Where have I been? You might have noticed my absence for the last few months as I haven't sent any emails to your inbox. The reason for that is pretty simple, I have been applying to different companies and doing many interviews. This process took a lot more time than I initially planned. Job seeking Unfortunately, I needed to prioritize job searching above everything else. This meant that all my side projects...
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The 30 Seconds Rule: Finding Peace in the Face of Death

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, I was on my way to Kuala Lumpur last week when suddenly the plane started to shake. It entered a turbulent zone. Nothing unusual for the pilots and the crew; but not so much for me. I felt an instant rush of blood through my heart; my palms started sweating and I became more anxious with each second passing by. Why was I afraid? What was I afraid of? Of plane crashing? Of me dying? Why was I afraid of dying? Why...
5 months ago • 3 min read

From Keyboard to Barbell: The Benefits of Exercise for Software Developers

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, This week I was quite busy coding an app for a client so I haven't had much time to dig deep into the topic for today's issue. I started going to the gym regularly with my wife again and surprisingly it takes a little bit of time of adapting to this routine! 😅 Practicing High Kicks I get quite tired after a full-body workout and need a lot of rest afterward. However, the upside is that I feel a lot better...
5 months ago • 2 min read

Prioritizing Rest for Optimal Productivity

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, So today, while preparing to write this newsletter, I found myself quite exhausted mentally from my day's work and didn’t feel motivated and inspired enough to sit at my laptop and start writing. So I took my headphones, my phone, turned on an audiobook and went for a walk to the beach to clear my head. My experience For the last 7 years of my career as a Software Engineer, I discovered that a lot of times I will...
5 months ago • 2 min read

Slow Productivity: The Remedy for Busyness and Burnout

The only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs Hey Reader, Today, I wanted to delve into the intriguing concept of productivity from two perspectives: slow productivity and fast productivity. As Software Developers, finding the right balance between these two approaches can significantly impact our stress levels, well-being, and overall effectiveness in the workplace. Fast productivity Fast productivity is essentially the productivity we all are familiar with. It's that...
6 months ago • 2 min read

New Episode of The Anxious Developer Podcast!

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom Hey Reader, First of all, I apologize for missing last week's issue. But I can promise you it was worth the wait! I was quite busy being on the move and on top of it I was recording and preparing the new episode for The Anxious Developer Podcast. New Podcast Episode We had such an amazing conversation with Brock Predovich about "How to Deal with Stress as a Startup Founder". Brock is a...
6 months ago • 2 min read

The Silent Struggle: How Sedentary Lifestyle and Workplace Stress Trigger Anxiety

The present moment is the only moment available to us, and it is the door to all moments." - Thich Nhat Hanh Hey Reader,​​Have you ever stopped to consider the impact of a sedentary lifestyle coupled with workplace stress on your anxiety levels? As software developers, we often find ourselves sitting for extended periods, glued to our screens, lost in lines of code. The absence of physical activity and neglecting our bodies' need for movement can have significant consequences on our mental...
6 months ago • 2 min read

"Except, Accept, Allow": Self-Regulating Advice for Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Software Development

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune." - William James Hey Reader, Today, I want to share with you a powerful self-regulating advice that has the potential to transform your life by reducing stress and anxiety! It's called "Except, Accept, Allow" a concept introduced by renowned psychologist Martin N. Seif, and I've personally found it to be incredibly helpful in navigating the challenges we face in our Software Development...
7 months ago • 2 min read

The Anxious Developer: How to Deal with Stress as a Startup Founder?

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." - Gautama Buddha Hey Reader, Today, I want to address a topic that specifically relates to those who are Startup Founders. As Startup Founders, we shoulder immense responsibilities and face unique pressures. The relentless pursuit of success, the high stakes, and the constant need to make critical decisions can take a toll on our mental and physical health. It's crucial for us to prioritize...
7 months ago • 2 min read

The Anxious Developer: Mindful Week

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates Hey Reader, I hope your weekend is going well and you are doing something nice for yourself this weekend. As we approach the week ahead, I wanted to check in and share with you some things that I found useful this week and that you might find helpful too! What I meditate to Before I start my day, I make sure to meditate for at least 10-20 minutes in order to calm my mind and improve my mindfulness practice during work. I have...
7 months ago • 2 min read
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