For me, it’s getting out into nature. This past weekend, I took a train from NYC to the bucolic trails along the Hudson River for a challenging, solo hike. And it was exactly what I needed! Today, I am back at my computer feeling refreshed and ready to go for the week.
This is my first post in the codecademy forums after a few months of squeezing in lessons where I can fit them in.
I usually go out on the weekends to either eat out, go to the beach, or spend some time away with family.
For me, it’s running. There’s a beautiful river close by where I live, and I love running on the pavement that runs alongside the river. I feel a sense of peace when I’m running, and I feel like my brain works better when I’m being active. I’ve actually recently decided I’m going to run my first marathon, and I’m learning that my body is capable of doing much more than I thought possible.
The first time I ever posted on this forum (or maybe its predecessor) was to say I found the idea of being praised for a long ‘streak’ difficult as I like to have a screen free day once a week. I felt a bit like a lightweight for saying it! So I’m back to say thank you for Codecademy for changing the way this works so you can set your own weekly target. I still like to keep a day when I do anything else - walk, cycle, knit, socialise, even do housework - anything that’s not sitting at a desk with a computer.
Tennis. My boss asked me the other day, “Jim, do you have ‘working hours?’ - just wondering.” The answer is that I generally am up at 5:30 AM, either to play tennis and then start work around 9:30, or to just have breakfast and start around 6:30. Working from home, it is vitally important to get out of the house and do something social, fun, and vigorous.
Going out into nature always makes me feel relaxed, and it brings me back to the real world after spending a lot of time on my computer. But since I can’t go out that much anymore I had to find other ways to rest from digital devices.
Something that really brings me rest and peace (for some reason) is lying on my bed reading a book, when everything around me is completely silent. No music, and no rocket noises from my computer lol. Silence just makes me feel very peaceful.
One of three things, usually:
- Playing bass
- Brewing beer (though, for a “relaxing hobby” it actually involves quite a bit of work!)
Just started the lessons this Monday. I like to run. I also like hiking with my wife. If we don’t feel like going anywhere, we’ll play some Xbox or binge one of our favorite shoes. X-Files, Stargate, Star Trek TNG or DS9.
Like a couple of the other responses I also love to run(or do the jump rope)as my way to find peace, rest, and rejuvenation.
I am happy that this topic has been brought to attention. While coding, the time flow feels so fast, especially when meeting with a deadline. I feel like I don’t have enough time. Since nature is not so accessible in the past months, walking and getting lost in nearby towns and cities has been very therapeutic for me. While walking I enter into a state of meditation and also a state of focus. Of course, nature and greenery is the best choice for my walking sessions, but I am confident that the simple act of walking one mile, ten miles or twenty miles brings me equally as much joy and energy.
I’m so lucky to have woodlands within 5 minutes from my home so I’m in them almost daily, being able to soak in the natural beauty and listen to the bird song is to me, the best way to decompress. The number of problems that have been solved by a stomp about in the woods is amazing.
I find it easiest to rest and rejuvenate by going full creative mode. I love to paint. I’d dedicate an “off” day from work to just draw or paint my favorite movie characters, musicians, idols, etc. using any kind of medium available to me! Every minute of it is fun, and with quarantine, I’ve had more time on my hands to create art, and being able to see the improvement first-hand just motivates me to do better in all aspects of my life - including coding.
On a side note, I hope you guys don’t overwork yourselves! Take breaks and drink lots of water