With Christmas and New Year celebrations, many of us experience slight excitement mixed with tension, as it goes hand in hand with such festive times. All those presents, baking and family visits can put strain on our inner balance. Hence, it is important to know how to tune it all down, and you can do so with the help of games.
What games do we know?
The variety of games are plenty. To mention some - educational, creative or...relaxing. Whether it is action-adventure that you can immerse yourself in, or solving puzzle games using your wit and focus, it is known that games can serve not only as good fun, but also prove quite useful for relaxing.
Science behind it
The Oxford University study, headed by lead author Professor Andrew Przybylski, states that playing games can be good for your wellbeing and mental health. Summarising the study, its authors note: "Contrary to many fears that excessive game time will lead to addiction and poor mental health, we found a small positive relation between game play and well-being." They add that the study reveals "much-needed evidence to policymakers on the link between play and mental health".
How it works
The most useful strategies were those that either sought a resolution to the negative feelings or ones that use support from other players. Among those that helped relieve stress the most are for example Zelda, Witcher - The Wild Hunt, or Endless Oceans. But according to the reviews, our games do pretty good in this department too. You are welcome to try our newest game Athletics Mania as well, where you can overcome obstacles and become your own athletic star. :) Games can help us recover because they allow us to feel in control, at least over a digital environment. All you need to do is choose the one that suits you.
Mindfulness and meditation
As we mentioned above, one of the main benefits of playing games is relaxation and therefore, the stress elimination. Games can bring us to a state similar to meditation. Brain works on autopilot during meditation technique, therefore reducing stress to a minimum. This state of mindfulness is one many gamers effortlessly achieve while they’re shooting zombies or solving puzzles. This feeling of being “in the zone” is sometimes referred to as “flow” by psychologists. Well-designed games, typically including a series of small, achievable tasks, induce the feeling of total immersion in an activity. That does not mean that we should spend all our time playing games. Same rule applies: all in balance.
To conclude, games can bring us a lot of benefits, especially relaxing wise. If you find yourself amids the pre-Christmas havoc, try to relax playing your favorite game.