There is a stereotype when it comes to developers and that is they spend hours locked away in a dark, forgotten place, beavering away at endless lines of code and not seeing the light of day or another human being for weeks upon end. For some this may not be that far from reality but for most of us, it is probably fair to say we spend a lot of time staring at our screens. It is too easy to spend hours working on our complex code and forgetting to give ourselves a break. So, what should a developer do on this break? Well since you asked, and I’m going to tell you anyway, bookmark selfcare.tech and have a look at the resources on there sand maybe even contribute some of your own. But don’t forget to look away from your screen when you’re finished to avoid eye strain. If you work in sprints of say 20 minutes then looking away from your screen for 20 seconds at something at least 20 feet away at the end of each sprint is going to help refresh those baby blues (or greens, or browns, or whatever colour eyes you may have). This is known as the 20-20-20 rule and is meant to help avoid eye strain.
It’s not just your eyes that need a break of course. Let’s not forget our brains need refreshing every once in a while too and it just so happens that this week is Geek mental health week (geekmentalhelp.com). That’s right, mental health issues can affect anyone and that includes geeks. Struggling with mental health issues is not something to be ashamed to admit to yet it is still a big problem for many. It’s time to walk out of that dark, forgotten place and find some human beings to interact with and maybe even share a joke or two. The brain, like any complex software, can start to throw errors and exceptions when the bugs have been neglected and it requires some TLC to smooth things out. The more TLC you give it along the way, the less errors and exceptions you’ll end up!