A little blog post about mental health, coding, and being kind to yourself.
I’ve been at a Bootcamp for about 4 months. It’s been rewarding, a struggle, and very humbling.
As a person who has anxiety, Bootcamp has been an uphill battle; yet it’s also taught me ways to manage my mental health. There are some of you out there who also struggle with this, and don’t want to share, but I’m here to help y’all out! (Because I was also one of those people).
Here are some things that I’ve learned recently, and have helped me so much. I want to share ‘em, even it only helps one person.
So, in the words of Mario, here we go!
One thing I’ve found that works wonders is having a designated space for coding. This helps get into - and out of - the coding zone. I would usually work in my bedroom or living room since it’s where I hang out the most. But, it’s important to have a space that is for you to relax and enjoy your time with family, friends, and Netflix.
It’s okay to take a break
It's not useful to stress about your app not working, or getting frustrated by not being able to solve a problem. Clear your head, change the scenery (!), and grab a drink of your favorite beverage (mine is Coca Cola). What has helped me out a lot is meditation. This doesn’t have to be a long 20-minute session with crystals and incense. It only takes 5 minutes to help you relax and calm that anxiety and frustration! I usually use a guided meditation, and my favorite app for this is Stop, Breathe & Think!
Remember that everyone is on their own coding journey
It might take you longer than others to understand constructors (guilty!), or figuring out how CSS positions work (also extremely guilty!). I know as a newbie, I compare myself to my peers far more than I should. And I have to remind myself every day that coding is a journey and not a destination (very corny but true!).
So, I hope this helps you out! Remember, be kind to yourself; you got this!