LinkedIn reminded me (and the world) today that BKeeney Software's been around for 18 years. It's hard to imagine that my business can now go off to college.
I've worked hard on the hobbies. In the past five years I've picked up the mandolin and play in an orchestra. I didn't say I was good - but I am getting better. "Better" is a tough to define. When the group I play with gets too fast I play a marimbula which is a great conversation starter.
I'm programming mentor for the local high school robotics program. In 5 years I've not learned how to program the robot. Do I care? No! Because I'm not the one responsible for it. But I can easily call out poor or no comments. Magic numbers in code, not committing changes to GitHub and all sorts of mistakes that I make on a regular basis. Maybe the next generation of coders will make more subtle and harder to find bugs because of what I teach them today. :P
When the weather is nice I try to go for a walk once a day. Sadly this winter has been pretty miserable. Fresh air and sunshine are good for you.
I think the key to avoiding burnout and recovering from it is to do something completely different. Let the brain stop dwelling on the programming for a bit.