When you spend a lot of time using computers, sometimes you need a “reality break” (to coin a term from Dano at SoulBuilders.net).
That’s why my hobbies have nothing to do with computers. They are all real-world activities.
One of the best things about living here is that I have been able to create a huge organic veggie garden. In the late summer/fall, we do a lot of canning and “putting up” of food from the garden. (This year 44+ pints of tomato sauce, for example.)
Also I sew/quilt. Sometimes I even use my 85-year old treadle machine. It works great and is about as anti-virtual as you can get.
When we’re not working, James also spends a lot of time in his woodshop or out in the forest, making trails.
Getting away from computers is important. It’s easier if you live in a place where the “real world” is up close and personal. Trees are real. Concrete, not so much.
If you’ve been feeling stressed out and unhappy, maybe you just need to take the time to replenish your creativity with a reality break. You’ll be glad you did 😉