Last Updated on September 7, 2020
Stress and anxiety can be hard to handle when there are so many things to do but so little time. You can take up different hobbies and activities to divert your attention. There also are mindfulness and meditative apps such as Headspace and Calm. But, have you ever thought of playing mobile games to help you relax?
Games Help You Chill
Mobile games are somewhat a less complicated and less purposeful way to reduce negativity and tensions. Without forcing yourself to assume something’s wrong and that you need to fix it, mobile games make you feel more energized and positive. Mobile games help you kill time and give you a break from constant hustling every day.
No matter if it’s instant gratification, mobile games indeed take you away from your negative space and put you into another world. And no matter what level of stress it is, you’re probably on your phone already. So why not use it to chill a bit!
A Study By JMIR Publications
A study conducted on around 45 students by the JMIR Publications concluded that playing a digital game promoted post-work recovery compared to using a fidget spinner and using mindfulness apps. The group that was more engaged in playing block games showed increased enthusiasm and relaxation than the participants who were more involved in listening to mindfulness apps or using fidget-spinner.
The message here was to exhibit how even simple block games can help you dissipate your stress. These aren’t a waste of time; instead, they give you a sense of control and accomplishment. The recreation aspect, mastery, and psychological detachment again fills you with happiness and not think about the stuff that troubles you otherwise. Action, storyline, strong narrative, and even multiplayer gameplay helps with several other aspects of recovery.
While playing block games, your aim is to unfold the mysteries and try to make sense of all that’s present in front of you. The visuals keep you feeling serene. Destroying blocks seems like letting go of your gloominess. And successfully completing levels instills a sense of fulfillment.
So when you’re feeling worn out and dull, there’s another stress buster, right in your hands. Every time you’re emotionally exhausted, pull out your smartphone, and play your favorite block games. These put your reasoning abilities to the test and immerse your attention in the gameplay to forget those tough times.
But wisely invest your time – five to ten or (max.) thirty minutes a day works best for anyone. You might feel compelled to put in more time but resist the temptation.