Just a couple of hours, far away from technology, and somehow I can come back exhausted but refreshed.
Biking is my drug of choice. Getting physically tired while not damaging muscles, tendons and bones too badly is a great method to “flush the system”.
Not that it’s always pain free. Beyond the usual aches from overdoing it (e.g., trying to go too far or too high), there’s the unexpected obstacle scenario.
Even after the pain and slight expense of repairing the bike, I was back to ‘relaxing’ the next week.
I wonder what other engineers do to relax? I guess as long as their lives are not dominated by being engineers, they can add other ingredients to sweeten the brew, and still come out ahead.