Statistics show that Americans are experiencing the highest levels of stress in a decade. With new challenges like COVID-19 and the added social isolation and personal productivity challenges of remote work, the stress levels are even higher. In this talk, I go through my own journey of self-care.
The analogy to "HugOps" is this. Humans are complex systems that need continuous availability despite unpredictable stressors. By observing your own "system", you can detect the things that stress you and figure out strategies to help control or cope with them when they occur. And you can also devise comfort strategies that increase your threshold for resilience agnostic to the kind of stressors you face.
The bigger takeaway from HugOps is this. It is not enough to just fix your system when you figure out the problem. You need too share your solutions so others can use it to improve their own resilience. More importantly, if you see someone having these issues, have empathy. And if you have the resources (time, health) to do so -- lend a hand to help them overcome their challenges. Self-care is also a privilege that not everyone has resources for. Community care-giving ensures we help each other in these difficult times