Welcome to the PsyberResilience edition of Get A Grip
A career in cybersecurity can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling, and in so many different ways. But it can also be one of the most stressful.
Those stresses are fracturing people and security teams, complicating the already critical skills shortage, and wasting valuable talent unnecessarily. And as I found out so personally, it just doesn’t have to be that way. At all.
Mental Health With A Security Twist
In case you’re not familiar with the background of this project, I decided to finally quit a 40-year security career after I could no longer sustain the weight of nearly 50 years of a variety of untreated mental illnesses that resulted in nearly 30 years of chronic stress, a final burnout, and a close call with suicide. Here’s a little more about my security background, in case you’re interested.
It was time to take on a new challenge, time to learn to protect a much more critical infrastructure. Time to get better acquainted with my own brain, get a grip on the chaos:
- What really causes things like depression, anxiety, and stress, and what hormones and chemicals are responsible?
- Can we really control those hormones and tame all that chaos, stress, and just by thinking about it?
- How can things like mindfulness, breathing, even exercise, permanently rewire our brains and turn us into healthier and happier people?
Get A Grip is the result of that exploration, a three-year tour of neuroscience, of the mind. And this edition includes a focus on the state of stress and mental health in cybersecurity, and what we all can and need to do about it.
Get A Grip is collection of 15 short video episodes, each an average of just six minutes, and covering almost everything you need to know about your mind, your mood, and your brain.
Each video is designed as a standalone, meaning you don’t have to watch the entire series for each episode to make sense and help you change your mind, mood, and brain.
Check out the first PsyberResilience episode here.
I’m not a medical or mental health professional, so none of these videos should be construed as medical advice. They are based on my own 50 years experience dealing with a multitude of mental illnesses (depression, social anxiety with avoidant personality, ADD, and suicidal ideation, yay for me); the years I’ve spent studying mental and brain health (I started exploring the subject in 1987); the results of personal experiments and techniques I’ve tried (hint, they all work); and current thinking from leading mental health experts and neuroscientists.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
I’d love to know what you think about these videos. I’m a cybersecurity guy, so video is pretty new to me. All the videos are written, recorded, and edited by me, and hopefully they’ll get better. So please share your reactions, good and bad, about the content, look and feel, my presence and delivery, the lighting sound, background, anything you can think of.
If you’re struggling with any kind of mental health or emotional issue, need to talk, or would just like to learn more about these important topics, please reach out to me at emailme(at)nealofarrell.com or use this contact form.
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