I was corresponding to someone who has been a tad washed out and glum. He's been working hard. I'm not posting the person's name, our conversation - or my direct reply to him - but I do think people need to hear this. I'm just gonna drop him the link here personally so he can see my response to him (and to you) in obscurity.
It's a no brainer. The mind needs stimulation. I've been on this machine for 16 hour days for long stretches at a time. I never sit for more than 50 minutes at a time - and I walk my dog for at least an hour somewhere Not at home. Sometimes I just take off into the mountains for a few days at a time - hunt rocks, crystals and agates mostly. There is nothing that cranks me more - nature, splendid natural treasures, fresh air (and with luck, blue skies). I go barefoot when weather permits, the soil under your feet aligns you magnetism. I shut down and let my mind wander at will. My best ideas have come to me while out in the wild away from the connection.
We get into this business for freedom, yet once into it many people start driving themselves the same way a boss would. To an extent, that is discipline - too much of it and it is psychosis, self-indoctrination into the accepted conformity...........and the mind (imagination) breaks down.
You MUST keep yourself continually stimulated to be successful. The imagination MUST be given free reign if we are to remain creative. That's not something you can achieve sitting in front of the machine endlessly. Computers are a business tool. They are not the natural order of the being. Take breaks - get outside. Go where you never have, talk to people you've never seen, enjoy a sunset on the side of a mountain, a sunrise by a lake alone.
The business is no better than the sharpness of the mind behind it.