Hey there Gamers and Game Makers!
Welcome to another Game Dev Quick Tips post. This one is going to be a little different however. This time I'm going to cover some tips that while are not directly Game Dev related can make you a better developer.
Tip 1: You do not need to be a slave to your passion
We've all been there. The late nights and that dreeded crunch. All because we feel this drive to keep working on our game. To complete it and to keep improving it. The thing about always working even if it's your passion is that it the long run it'll make your game suffer and your health too. Structure your day and take breaks. Find a healthy balance between work and life.
Tip 2: Exercise
While it may seem an obvious one, a lot of us neglect to take care of our body. If you don't exercise much then start slow. Go for walks at lunch or at the end of your working day. Find something that you enjoy that acts as a good workout for you. I personally like to run and do kettlebell workouts. Regular exercise is great not just for body but also mind.
Tip 3: Reduce your screen time
As Game Dev or anyone who works primarily with computers, we know the strain looking at a computer screen all the time can cause. Try to reduce the amount of time you spend looking at a screen outside of your working hours. Try playing an instrument or just relaxing listening to music. Anything that takes your focus from a bright screen is a help.
Tip 4: Take care of your mental health
Making games can be stressful and sometimes very isolating. Getting so involved with your work and losing touch with the world around you can happen so easily. Make time for friends, get out of your comfort zone and experience new things. If you're ever feeling overwhelmed, please reach out to those who can help you and belive me there are always people who want to help. The world needs more smart, creative people and you need to take care of yourself in order to give it your best.
As always, I hope these have been of help and please feel free to get in touch or leave a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions. Until next time!