Monday, August 9, 2010
Reduce Stress With Video Games
Playing video games is clinically proven can reduce your stress. It is bad for you to get stress for a long time. It is also bad to remember all those unimportant things. Just act as a children sometime, take your old CD game and play it on your console.
One way in which video games are supposed to relieve stress is by giving the mind a vacation. The player is immersed in a fantasy world that is completely separate from his or her reality. While this might seem counter-productive, studies show that thirty minutes of playing video games can reduce stress levels significantly. According to Professor Trent Kilcannon of William & Mary University, the best games for this type of stress relief are repetitive games that are easy to master but which have a goal that can be difficult to achieve.
Video games can also reduce stress by giving the hands and the mind something active in which to partake. It doesn't take a significant amount of energy to play a video game, but it is a constructive use of the hands and involves hand-eye coordination. Giving the hands and mind something on which to concentrate gives other worries a chance to recede for a while, even if only for fifteen or twenty minutes. The action of the hands combined with the mind's concentration can make the player more awake and alert and can release certain chemicals in the brain, such as what happens during exercise.