Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May is set aside for raising awareness on mental health issues. A lot of people are prone to masking their mental health issues. Many of these people refrain from seeking help due to the stigma that comes alongside. Ask a random person a question about mental health and they are either misinformed or ignorant. The gross misinformation and high level of ignorance on the subject have been identified as major influences on the unpleasant remarks and jibes thrown at victims.

Here’s what people aren’t taking cognizance of; 1 in 5 adults live with mental illness such as, depression,bipolar disorder,anxiety disorders, or ADHD. Yet, most employees are hesitant to open up about their mental health issues out of the fear of being judged or facing discrimination. Which when you think of it, is the last thing that they need.

With the ever-increasing pressure, deadlines, and sleepless nights in the tech industry, workers within the space can easily develop some mental health issues without the adoption of proper preventive measures. To join in driving awareness for mental health this month, we have put together this shortlist of preventive tips to guide all parties within the fast-paced tech environment into managing their mental health.

Break big tasks into bits:

Knowing that you have a lot of work to do could increase the rate of your heartbeat. This could cause an anxiety attack, as you are most likely wondering where to start from. If you can, first make a list of what you have to do, then create a smaller list from those tasks. This helps you keep track of your progress, avoid distractions and stay motivated.

Start your day early:

With remote work, it can be quite difficult getting out of bed early, especially as you don’t need to catch a bus or make a long drive down to work. At the same time, having an early routine helps you kick start your day and check off a lot of tasks before work pressure sips in and your energy wanes.

Exercise:

Experts have said that engaging in a workout routine helps release endorphins (the feel-good chemicals). They are basically chemicals produced naturally by the nervous system to cope with pain or stress.

Eat at least once a day:

Eating too little causes fatigue and that could be linked to mental illness. Hence, it is advisable to not starve yourself all in the name of work. Hunger could also be a demotivating factor in starting your day and ultimately getting work done.

Seek professional help

This can be the change you need in your mental health as therapists are trained to help you process your thoughts, your feelings and help you function better as an individual.

In celebration of mental health month, we hope that this article was helpful to you. Don’t forget to leave a comment and share it with a friend.

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There are more than a million reasons why one would want to take on a career in tech. Okay, maybe a million is a little overboard, but quite frankly, the reasons are almost inexhaustible. In this article, we’d be sharing some of those reasons with you and giving you a few tips on how to start a career in tech.

Here’s why you want to be in here

First, let’s start with the intangible benefit; the upbeat and ever-evolving nature of the tech space. If you’re someone like me who loves a taste of adventure, or something that just keeps you on your toes, then you’d love it here. In the tech space, there are constantly changing trends, tools to get familiar with, and a little bit of jargon here and there that needs to be understood. Truthfully, the upbeat nature of the terrain could get your heart racing, but in a very good way.

Now to the tangible benefit; relevance and job security. Today, tech cuts right through every field on the planet, from healthcare to banking, media, entertainment, etc. Interestingly, as technology continues to become relevant across different industries, different tech roles are also beginning to appreciate. Hence, tech experts are more valued and less likely to be laid off when companies decide to downsize

We are by no means suggesting that being a tech bro (or babe) is a walk in the park. Quite frankly, nothing is. So, you’d have to be willing to learn and put in the much-needed work. But not to worry, we’ve got a few tips to help you start a career in tech, especially if you do not have a computer science background as a lot of the tech bros don’t have one anyway.

How to get started

Let’s talk about the steps to begin a career in the tech space;

– Have the willingness to learn:

Remember somewhere, in the beginning, we mentioned this, right? We’re reiterating it because it’s all important and it’s the foundation of your journey in tech. The passion and willingness to learn all that there is to your field will help you grow at a fast pace.

– Begin your training:

Now that you have chosen to take a career path in the tech space and have made the resolve to learn all it takes, the first step is to get the necessary hands-on training and bag that certification while at it. It is no news that organizations in the tech industry value skills and experience over a degree. So, while you have your eyes on that degree, it’s also important that you not only take courses but ensure that you can practically prove your knowledge of the field that you’ve chosen to play in.

– Apply for internships:

There is no better way to gain the necessary experience than to apply for internships. Once you are done with your certifications, put the knowledge you’ve acquired to work.

– Take on a challenging gig:

Sometimes, we might never know how skilled we are until we are faced with a challenge. One sure way to put yourself to the test will be to take on gigs. They might not be financially gratifying at first but at this stage, the goal is not to stack up thousands of naira/dollars but to test your competence, hone your skills, and learn from the experience.

We hope to see you in the ring with us in the nearest future. In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback kindly enter them in the comment section below.

The year is flying by and it’s a reminder for everyone to review the plans made for the year, across all areas of our lives – physically, mentally, financially, socially etc. But for the purpose of this article, we will be focusing on healthy savings habits to help you in the year 2021 and beyond.

You probably have read quite a number of articles and are dealing with an information overload. Well… we have decided to make savings simple and easy with these steps; savings like every other thing should be planned and not done haphazardly.

Here are a few ways to guide you on how to save in the coming months:

Write down your expenses:

It is important for every income earner to know how much is spent to maintain their current lifestyle or standard of living. e.g. power, internet, food, housing, miscellaneous, etc. There are quite a number of apps that could help track your expenses and assist with decisions to adjust your spending habits.

Automate your savings plan:

Have a direct debit set up that allows you to automatically make a transfer to your savings account at a particular time. This could be daily, weekly or monthly; based on the frequency of your earnings.

Set your priorities:

Bills never seem to end. However, you can choose what comes first and what’s not important. For example, health insurance will be more important than something that’s not so urgent. This helps you spend only on the important things.

Set realistic goals:

The easiest way to reach your savings plan is to set a goal towards it and be realistic. This will be based on how much money you earn and your financial responsibilities. It is irresponsible to have insufficient money available to you to pay your basic bills and keep you till the next inflow of funds.

Curb emotional spending:

It is good to treat yourself to luxurious or expensive items, especially if you have been working so hard. However, splurging unnecessarily on things that you do not need could be a problem as you may soon run out of money. One way to curb this is to have a trusted person as an accountability partner. This person helps to keep you in check as you spend.

We hope that this has helped you put a structure to your savings plan? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below and feel free to contact us here