Just Keep Swimming —Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Burnout

This article is an attempt to share my thoughts and experience regarding stress and anxiety management for professionals in the modern era of turbulence.

Manoj Kukreja

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Never have I ever written on topics outside the realm of science and technology, but there always is a first time for everything. A lot of my readers may already be familiar that I have been training students to achieve higher in areas of big data engineering, data analytics, and data science. If I had to guess, I must have trained over 400 IT professionals by now. The latest trend of work-from-home may relatively be a new concept for many, but not for me.

I have been working from home long before COVID, and in some ways, I have perfected the art. I can tell you that working from home may have several benefits related to commuting, flexibility, and autonomy BUT also comes with several downsides. Among other things, work-from-home promotes the culture of being always ON. As if the pressure of work-from-home and COVID were not enough other factors crept in such as war, inflation, lay-offs, and market slowdown. Combine everything and the perfect recipe for stress has been created. How can one deal with all this extra pressure? And that’s precisely the topic of my first ever non-fiction article.

The Juggling Act

During COVID, training students gave me a chance to meet new people online, share knowledge, and in many cases become their long-term mentor. Very frequently, I get calls and messages from past students just to catch up or simply ask for career advice. During COVID I was busy on several fronts including my full-time job, part-time consulting, training, writing articles on medium, as well as authoring a book.

Many a time, my students would ask me this question“How are you able to manage your time effectively, without getting overwhelmed?”

The simple answer to the above question is “I don’t manage my time that well”, instead “I simply need to put more of it”. And yes, working overtime will surely take a toll on you, your work as well as your family.

The Problem & The Trend

In the last few months, I started to feel the pinch of working long hours. Not only was I missing out on fun with time spent with family and friends, but I…

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Manoj Kukreja

Author, Big Data Engineering, Data Science, Data Lakes, Cloud Computing and IT security specialist.