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3 Healthy Habits for Programmers

Patrick God on January 20, 2018

New Year’s is over, your everyday life is back again, but what about your resolutions? Still working on them? Here are some habits that are more or...
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Shane Barry

Great post. I would also add meditation to the list.

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Nancy Deschenes

I totally agree. The word "meditation" may scare some. It's meditation, prayer, or anything that can soothe your soul. For some, it can even be coloring, woodworking, or knitting.

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Patrick God Author

Absolutely!

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edA‑qa mort‑ora‑y

Tip, recording streams at midnight are not good for sleeping habits.

But I'll continue to drink water on-screen to set a good example.

:)

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Jason C. McDonald

I have a bedtime of 10pm, and a wake time of 6am, which always gets me started on the right foot! I do highly recommend the early waking: it gives an opportunity to enjoy the slower-pace quiet of the morning, get in some personal time, a good breakfast, and maybe even go for a walk/jog before work.

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Yokim Pillay

Yes! My work day starts at 6:30am, but I like to go to sleep at around 9pm-ish, then wake up at 4am. I feel so much better when I know I've got the upper hand on a day! Getting up early is such a vital tool, provided you're getting the right amount of sleep for optimal functioning.

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Patrick God Author

So true. Getting up early and having some kind of morning routine always boosts your mood and productivity for the whole day, provided you also go to bed early.

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Nicklas Reincke • Edited on

Totally agree with that. Do your thing in the morning and the rest of the day you feel productive because you already have done something.

Edit: Ever heard of "Miracle Morning"? :)

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Sebastian-Nielsen • Edited on

I recommend you keep a small bottle at your desk instead, this way you'll force yourself to get up more often to refill the bottle, and at the same time stay hydrated as well as getting a little exercise. 👍

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Nancy Deschenes

If you drink a whole gallon, you shouldn't have to worry about getting up often :)

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Sebastian-Nielsen

Haven't you heard about the negative effects of sitting for too long, it's important to get up and move every half hour or so.

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Nancy Deschenes

My point was that if you drink that much, you will need to get up pretty often.

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John Stewart

All good points. In regards to sleep, falling asleep and waking up at the right times is pretty important as well.

Check out sleepyti.me/! It will help you figure out those times based on the number of hours of sleep you want to get.

The main thing is you want to wake up in between sleep cycles not during one.

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Petar Prokopenko

Nice article. I have similar habits. I drink a lot of water through the day, while my colleagues are drinking a lot of Coca cola. I tried to talk with them to drink less but no success. After my work day I tried to take about 1 -2 hours to just walk. It's so relaxing, refreshing and it helps clear my mind...

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Frank Carr

My advice is watch the carbs, especially those high in refined sugars. It's pretty easy to chow down on doughnuts and pastries, pizza, snack foods and so forth and guzzle down gallons of sweetened soft drinks. Sooner or later, you will probably start tipping the scales at an unhealthy weight. Add in lack of exercise and you'll get there even quicker.

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Nancy Deschenes • Edited on

Don't replace sweetened drinks with diet drinks, that's about just as bad.

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES! (even if some are a bit carby - your squash and beets are much better than your donuts and pretzels)

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Evaldas Buinauskas

Listen to this guy. Gym or regular exercising is important but having a balanced diet is crucial(diet isn't starving) to your health.

Eath carbs that are slowly digested in the morning, avoid added sugar and try to eat some fruits (just a few during the day), eat healthy fat such as peanuts, avocado, olive oil and in the evening try to eat food that has protein in it.

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JeffD

A scientist affirmed that creativity comes from our long (7hours) night (the dreaming part) and reduce our sleep can reduce our creativity. I'm not sure about it but you can find some study about the subject.

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Evaldas Buinauskas

Get yourself a dog to cure loneliness and you'll have regular exercise by walking your pup throughout the whole day.

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Rudi Stapelfeldt

I'm a Bodybuilder, so for me, this comes along with enough sleep, exercise (a lot), good food, enough water. Healthy body, healthy mind, right

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Santiago Rebella

daily exercise (30 min to 1h, can be workout at gym, going for a run) and meditation works for me(I user Headspace App, really good for clearing mind)

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Marcel Ramon

When I started to exercise, having good sleep, eating healthier food and drink more water came in such a natural way. You're totally right

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Austin Standing

Great habits to have!

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Ayoola Daniel

Thanks for this Mr. Patrick. I'll really love to try these out. Thanks a bunch, bunches!

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Patrick God Author

You're very welcome. I'm curious if they will work for you! :)

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Omar Hussain

Nights are for sleeping and day is working. Naps are good.