July 5, 2018 — Screen time, sedentary lifestyle and solo remote work can lead to a variety of physical and mental health problems. As a full time freelancer for almost 10 years, I have suffered a variety of sleep disorders, physical health problems, and anxiety disorders. Freelance designers, developers, and other remote workers rarely have access to occupational health specialists or know how to solve their health issues related to heavy computer work. Come learn a variety of tips for stay healthy when you work in the digital space.
April 23, 2018 — Yoga and mindfulness from the comfort of your own desk chair.
Discover ways to help your body and mind during your working day, no fancy equipment, no change of clothes, no change of location necessary. Henrietta will guide you through some simple mindfulness techniques as well as yoga that can be done simply whilst sitting at your desk. Give your body the movement, and your mind the break they both need, and perhaps notice your productivity at work grow and grow.
November 12, 2017 — While there’s always discussion on how social media (our constant need for “Likes” and the consumption of superficial celebrity lives) is damaging to us – I want to take a different approach and highlight how much progress is being made to destigmatise mental health in Ireland by both our own actions and those of organisations across online channels.
I will focus on social media campaigns run by businesses & charities, the increase in mental health blogging by young people, the open sharing of emotions and discussions on mental health issues, and how all of this is actively helping individuals across the country.
August 31, 2017 — Rachel Martin is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and resides in Scotland. Several years ago Rachel started blogging after a natural disaster in New Zealand as a form of therapy. You can see her blog at https://rachel.blog.
We talk about her presentation at WordCamp Edinburgh, which was the closing keynote presentation titled “Blogging as therapy: a personal journey.”
Her work at Automatic includes providing support for Jetpack, Akismet, VaultPress and Simplenote.
As is the case in most of the interviews I do, it never ceases to amaze me at the information and life lessons people provide. It was truly a pleasure to interview Rachel.
March 28, 2017 — We spend a lot of time in front of a computer without any social interaction. Sometimes that is great. Sometimes that causes demons to get in your closet. We will talk about the stuff no one likes to talk about. How to handle depression, social anxiety, and keep yourself healthy mentally and physically.
December 23, 2016 — For many years, the dual diagnosis of anxiety and depression kept me from sharing my knowledge, experience, and voice with others. Despite this, I started speaking publicly (at WordCamps and WooConf) at the beginning of 2016. I want to share a few tips and things I learned with others who feel like they have something important to share, but are scared or might be held back by similar conditions/illnesses.
December 10, 2016 — Life is like an iceberg.
Too often we only see or share the good and great, the sunshine and success (or the above the surface stuff). But in reality, we all suffer and struggle at some point with things buried under the surface.
Particularly in the online world we’re immersed in, it’s too easy to get lost, or to suffer in silence.
My story is an example of that. In almost 9 years of entrepreneurship (10 in the WordPress community), I’ve had my share of above the surface successes (co-authoring a “For Dummies” book, building a great WP company) as well as below the surface struggles (divorce and depression).
I will be sharing my personal experiences and story and how I manage my iceberg in business and life.
December 2, 2016 — We spend a lot of time in front of a computer without any social interaction. Sometimes that is great. Sometimes that causes demons to get in your closet. We will talk about the stuff no one likes to talk about. How to handle depression, social anxiety, and keep yourself healthy mentally and physically.
November 24, 2016 — Our own mental wellness, and that of those around us, is probably the least understood and most neglected part of our daily lives. It is time we all started understanding what it truly means to have mental wellness and what it means to us and those around us when we do not have it – especially what we can do to help those around us and ourselves.
The WordPress community is both the perfect place for Mental Health issues to go undetected as well as the perfect place for so many people to live a higher quality of life simply by increasing our awareness to it.
July 1, 2016 — Our work can be stressful, and when stressed we face many problems stemming from burnout, anxiety, depression, and others. In this talk, I’ll walk through my own experiences with anxiety as I’ve progressed in my career, and share the strategies I’ve found that can help developers and support take care of themselves, along with the support that companies can provide for prevention