Dr. Habib Sadeghi Talks About Preventing Burnout in Bloom In Tech Podcast

Dr. Habib Sadeghi went on David Bloom’s Bloom In Tech podcast to talk about improving your mental health by beating burnout. He suggested we needed to create more “headspace.” The term, now the name of a guided-meditation app popular in Silicon Valley, originally referred to the empty area inside a bottle of wine. That space is carefully calibrated; get it wrong and the wine either turns to vinegar or blows the cork. It’s a useful metaphor for humans, too.

“How can we create that headspace when we’re working with patients?” Sadeghi said. “We have to cultivate it, create it. People think that more is better. It’s not. If you don’t leave enough space, you blow the cork off.”

Dr. Sadeghi suggests working on such standbys as finding a positive spin on even negative things, developing self forgiveness and gratitude. But he also emphasizes a practice of stream-of-consciousness writing for 12 minutes a day, a routine designed to purge the emotional negative charges we build up inside ourselves each day. His full prescription is much longer than that, and his approach is certainly not the only option. In fact, as a writer, the last thing I want to do at the end of the day is write more. But he suggested that finding a creative expression of emotion and introspection can be done with sound, music, or art too.

Read more or listen to the podcast below.