Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2: Mental Health Resources at GitLab
Prioritize your mental health
Let’s raise awareness around the resources we have available at GitLab to support mental health.
This is a long issue - but stick with us! At the end, we’re asking team members to collaborate together and help us build out a GitLab Mental Health Toolstack - don’t miss it!
Taking time to prioritize your mental health can help to:
- Proactively avoid feelings of burnout
- Address and contribute to the solution of current symptoms of burnout
- Build trust between team members
- Normalize conversations about healthy remote practices and boundaries
Today, we encourage you to check out a resource below that is new to you, or reengage in a strategy you’ve tried in the past.
Break for mindfulness
Start by trying a mindfulness break during today’s work day. Choose one of the free meditations from Headspace to get started.
Not ready for an audio meditation? Try one of these mindfulness breaks instead.
- Close your eyes and take 5 of the deepest breaths you’ve taken all day.
- Sit in your chair while slowly looking around the room. Try to identify items that match each color in the rainbow, starting with red.
- Stand up and reach your arms high above your head. Gently lean from left to right to stretch the side of your body. - You can also do this movement sitting.
Take time off from work.
One of the most effective ways to manage your mental health is to utilize the GitLab PTO Policy
Taking time off is important. Here are just a few highlights of the GitLab PTO policy that are in our handbook to remind team members the importance of taking time away from work:
Not taking vacation is viewed as a weakness and people shouldn't boast about it. It is viewed as a lack of humility about your role, not fostering collaboration in training others in your job, and not being able to document and explain your work.
It's important to take PTO while you have something you want to do, rather than waiting until you need the time off.
Remember that it's normal to take extra time to catch up after returning from paid time off. Taking time off doesn't mean that you need to work multiple extra hours before or after your vacation. When taking extended time off, expect to have reduced capacity to take on new work the week of your return while you're catching up on the work that happened while you were away.
This Thursday 2020-12-10 we will be hosting a Learning Speaker Series with John Fitch, the author of Time Off to discover strategies on how to manage our rest ethic with time off, and much more!
How can I leverage our asynchronous working culture to care for my mental health?
- How to decline meetings in favor of async?
- Remove Slack from your phone
- Examples of asynchronous communication at GitLab
- Mental health benefits of async work
I’d like to learn more from my GitLab team - where can I go to talk about my mental health?
- #mental_health_aware slack channel
- Bi-Monthly Mental Health Social Calls - ask to be added to the invitation in the #mental-health-aware slack channel
- #mindfulness slack channel
- Mindfulness Calls
- Weekly GitLab Social Calls
- 1:1 with your manager
- Current mental health bookclub planning
What other resources can I access as a GitLab team member to support my mental health?
Building trust is important to me to feel comfortable and supported - where can I go at GitLab to build new relationships?
- Coffee Chats
- The donut bot
- Building Trust at GitLab Handbook Page Slack channels based on interests: #music, #outdoors, #cooking, #baking, #gaming, #fitlab, #craftlab, #dog, #cats, #travel, #intheparenthood, #gardening, #dadjokes, #loc_YOURLOCATION, #nature, #photography, #boardgaming, #winelab, #musicmaking, #motorcycles, #food, #football, #cuteanimalphotos, #surfing, #movies, #climbing #random slack channel Don’t see your favorite channel above? Add it! Walk and Talk meeting structure
What are some great external resources I can access?
What about mental health resources at GitLab specific to supporting myself and my family during the Covid-19 pandemic?
- Covid-19 GitLab team members directly affected by COVID-19 who need to take leave are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of leave with full pay after utilizing our Paid Time Off policy. In the event that the sick leave provided under your local law is more generous than this GitLab COVID-19 Policy, your local law will supersede this policy.