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How do you unwind after a long coding session/day of learning?

Learning to code is no easy feat.

Between the endless amount of information out there (pace yourself), healthy and unhealthy pressure while learning (you're doing great), and eye strain (take frequent breaks) β€” by the end of the day, you're probably often left feeling frayed and in need of some serious self-care.

So, how do you like to unwind after a long day of coding and/or learning?

  • Exercise?
  • Meditation?
  • Walking a dog?
  • Talking with friends and family?
  • Making art?
  • Listening to music?

Let's start a thread about how to balance out those busy, fascinating, and stressful days. Comment below. 🧘 πŸƒ

Top comments (15)

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Juan F Gonzalez

I'm the person that has trouble winding down for the day, it's been a long time like that haha.
Interestingly enough the lockdown and remote work has given me the extra time to make the space at the end of the day.
A trainer recommended me to set an evening routine which I've been doing over the last 4 months or so.
That involves mostly exercise, a home-made shake and then some time reading away from screens to be able to go to sleep without a bunch of things on my head πŸ˜…

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Ben Halpern

Lately? Puzzles!

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Matt C

Haha, I was in a puzzle phase too! Wanna swap? lol

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Andrea Gonzales

I love to play my piano! I find it easier to think and relax after half an hour of just playing my piano πŸ˜€

Of course, reading fiction books is also my way to unwind.

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Gunnar Magholder

As a dog owner I have to walk her a few times a day - so when taking a break or finishing a ticket I use to walk the dog. That really slows me down, gets me on my feet and forces me to take some fresh air.

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I sometimes do cocoa painting or making food! They're something that take me away from virtuality.

Lately I experimented with making oat milk by myself. It is super simple and delicious. After a long day of working on a laptop, homemade oat milk and some sweet snack are just the best.

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I have a lot of trouble unwinding in the evening after working, but I like to either sing or write, listening to music is definitely on my list. I like to exercise in the morning since I'm usually pretty pooped after a day of work. In general I try to do something analog.

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Greg Thomas

Today (i.e., this year) - it has been drawing, something that is tangible, not using a computer or phone, where it gets messy. It totally kicks me out of any coding thoughts I might be having.

For the past two months though, I have been doing daily, 10-minute meditations and reading during the day to give myself a break between meetings and work which I've also found to be helpful.

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Taryn McMillan

Playing a relaxing game like Stardew valley.

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Michael Currin

Netflix series + supper

Or if I'm feeling inspired to code, I'll work one of my many many GitHub repos. The work stack is limited. My own projects can be any scope or tech I want.

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Michael Currin

I like also playing guitar, going for a walk and watching educational or funny YouTube videos. I overdo it with late night coding so trying to find some more variety and balance.

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Ayu Adiati

Listening to musics with beats (using headphones) and dance with it, watch some vlogs on YouTube or do coloring book can help me relax after learning sessions at nights πŸ˜„

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Jess Lee

I like to cook! It helps get me away from the screen and usually results in something that makes me feel good πŸ˜„

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

Yes! Cooking is one of the most instantly-gratifying activities I know of. Plus it's nice to have to force yourself to stare at stirring/mixing/etc instead of a screen πŸ˜…

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software Devlpr

I usually play PokΓ©mon Go, take a walk or do some yoga πŸ™‚.