The Importance of Leisure Time


A software developer is one of the most highly paid and sought-after professions today, which is highly valued in the labor market. On the one hand, there are many advantages such as high pay, career growth, the possibility of moving abroad, remote work, a free schedule, interesting tasks and scope for creativity. On the other hand, there are a number of disadvantages as well. The work of a developer entails intense routine work and a sedentary lifestyle with a constant strain on the eyesight from so much time in front of a monitor screen. In this profession it is necessary to have attention, concentration, patience, critical thinking, responsibility, the ability to work in a team, the ability to listen and communicate effectively, the willingness to work overtime, the need for self-education and continuous improvement of qualifications. It is impossible to work as a developer without regularly replenishing professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you have made up your mind to become an IT professional or you are already working as a developer, do not stop. Continue to move forward towards your goals. But, in our fast-paced world, our body is sure to manifest its tiredness at some point. The only way to solve this problem is to reduce work stress and have a good rest. Do not neglect your leisure. Learn to use your spare time in the most productive and positive way. And remember that free time and leisure are not the same. We can have passive free time without exercising our body or brain energy. Leisure is an active way of spending and enjoying our free time. Leisure activities improve our mental and physical health, reduce feelings of dissatisfaction and depression, combat apathy, anxiety, insomnia, stress and boredom, increase our work productivity, improve our quality of sleep and mood, stimulate motivation and provide a pleasant experience.

So, schedule your leisure time and prioritize those enjoyable and healthy leisure activities that will give you more energy in the long run and thus help you increase your life span. Such activities will help you with problem solving, tackling your most important tasks, improved work, and creativity. We have prepared a list of leisure activities that Viaduct’s team have found very useful to help with better psychological well-being, physical health and an improved quality of life:

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● home-based leisure: cooking, drawing, watching movies, playing games, learning foreign or programming languages, reading interesting books, listening to music, spending quality time with your family and friends in order to strengthen relationships and create indelible memories;

● countryside recreation and entertainment: singing, designing, doing crosswords, shopping, eating out, gardening, going for a picnic, hiking, driving, travelling;

● sports and physical leisure activities: walking, skiing, skating, swimming, dancing, climbing, riding a bike and going to the gym.

We guarantee that if you start doing leisure activities, you will feel positive effects right away and have pleasurable experiences that will increase serotonin and thus feelings of happiness, optimism, and well-being. Besides enjoyment, leisure has many other benefits: reduces the risks of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Quality leisure time enhances self-esteem and communication skills, improves focus and creative thinking, boosts memory and much more. No doubt, by engaging in leisure activities, you will improve the quality of your life, mental and physical health and, consequently, you will increase your life satisfaction and life expectancy. Making leisure your best friend will provide many gains and make you feel much healthier and happier.