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Beyond Burnout: What Is Cybersecurity Doing to Us?
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3/25/2020 | 11:44:43 AM
Self-Care and Prioritization
As someone who's battled my own demons - making it a priority and talking about emotional health and self-care is the way to go.

To the quote about "quationing one's self" I went through this alone. I've got a bookshelf full of self-help, how-to-win-back-your-life-and-be-awesome books. I took a Gallup test, the Eneagram test, and anything else I could get my hands on to self-diagnose and "hack" the solution like I do at work. It took a really good counseling session to shift my perspective from "what's wrong with me" to "how can i be my best self".

I opened up to the cyber community, there have been some really great initiatives on mental health (by Jay Radcliffe and others) and as scary as it was, I took the leap.

The toughest part was implementing "digital minimalism" to control triggers. Establsihed office hours, email/phonecall blackouts, weekend "digital sabbatical" - and using Eisenhower matrix to prioritize myself and to explain my prioritization to my colleagues. Everything is not "urgent and important" and we can't always be the superheroes. 

Lastly - and I have followed my own advice here - if you're in a toxic environment that doesn't allow you to manage these things - get out at all costs. 

I didn't find some magic formula - I simply had to deconstruct the problem and address it piece by piece.


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