The Most Important UI: You

Carolyn Stransky

Last given at the QueerJS Berlin meetup on July 27, 2023.


📖 Definition of self-care
"A self-initiated, deliberate act to establish and maintain physical, mental and emotional health"

📖 I won't tell you to stop working, but I can try to help you not burn out
A Medium article by Jennifer Parsons about why self-care is a problem in the tech industry.

📖 User interface on Wikipedia
The super scientific reference I used for the definition of UI.


Open source repository full of resources, sorted by category, targeted specifically at developers and others working in tech. Since 2021, they also have a Remote Work Resources page.

💩 You Feel Like Shit
A check-in tool that asks a series of looping questions to discover and track which areas of self-care you should focus on.

Self-care checklist
Manual checklist from Marcia Reynolds covering topics like work environment, money, relationships, and more.

📱 Aloe Bud iOS App
A self-care companion app where you can build out your own dashboard - balancing concrete actions, self-reflection, and gentle reminders.

📱 Medications app on Apple Watch
Manage the medications, vitamins, and supplements you take in the Health app on your iPhone or the Medications app on your Apple Watch.

👐🏼 Programming Your Hands
Exercises you can do at your desk that focus on a developer's tool of choice - hands.

A resource that reads like software docs by breaking down issues and providing actionable steps for burnout prevention and recovery.

🧘🏼‍♀️ Yoga with Adriene
Inclusive and themed online yoga practices.

💬 It's Complicated
An online platform that helps you find a therapist.

🌲 How to Ground Yourself: 9 Techniques
In-depth guide that explains the benefits of grounding, including nine ways to ground yourself (including estimated minimum times).

Twitter Bots

A guide to self-care Twitter bots
List of Twitter bots devoted to self-care, written by yours truly. For each bot, I cover its background, style, tweet frequency and favorite topics.
⚠️ Warning: Many of these bots have been inactive since Twitter ended free API access in April 2023.

Only bot still going (as of July 18, 2023):
🤖 @everydaycarebot

Mastodon Bots


Online communities

🍋 100 Days of Healthing
A challenge that mimics the concept of 100 days of coding, except you commit to spending 1 hour per day on your physical, mental or emotional health for 100 days.

🌈 QueerJS Discord
Special shout out to the #support-and-venting channel.

Ask Yourself Daily

💖 What have I done today that feels nourishing, supportive and inspiring for my well-being?

Special thanks

Jessica Rose and Paul Adams
They helped me write the first iteration of this talk and gave me the opportunity to present it at Write the Docs Prague.

Fun fact: It was my very first talk 🥺

Dylan Schiemann
Dylan came up with the cheesy and brilliant title the talk has now! Before it was just 'Self-care in tech'.

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