Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Upcoming series of articles - Reducing Stress with Video Games


f there's one thing that we all have in common, and that all of us (at some point or another), have to deal with.....it's Stress!!!!!

While we have little stress in our younger years, as we get older the pressures of life start to build and by the time we're old enough to start working.......we've already had our introductions on the hardships of life through either the loss of loved ones (via choice or circumstances), or the pressures of schoolwork and grades.

From this point on, the pressures build even further and the sudden problems related to work, chores and family often push us to the point of screaming like a dying animal.

At times we feel that we can't handle it all, and the sheer volume and weight of daily responsibilities, unforseen circumstances, and heated arguments fall down on us like a ton of bricks.

The good news is that as gamers....we are afforded a unique opportunity to vent our stresses and temporarily put our pain aside through video games.

Granted, this doesn't eliminate the problems behind our stresses themselves, but it does allow us something that many other activities lack.....an escape.

While generally considered a negative thing, escapism has the ability to calm us and make us put aside those awful things that plague our thoughts and therefore de-stress and unwind us physically and mentally.

This is the introductory (and therefore not indepth) episode regarding several ways that I feel games can reduce stress, and as the episodes progress......I'll go through a few ways that may help when you're at a point of breaking due to everyday life.

The examples will show ways that I consider to be genuine in ways that games can help you with your stress levels depending on your personality.

I will be doing some research regarding this, as I am certainly not an expert (other than by being someone who deals with stress on a daily basis), but I feel that for some of us......games have more of a therapeutic effect than we may realize. 


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