The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for all of us as we have been confined to our homes. On the positive side, this has given us space and time to look introspectively at our lives and make changes where they were needed.
If, like many, you chose to pick up your PlayStation controller in March 2020 and reconnect with old friends on games like Warzone, you’ll already be well aware of the positive impact that gaming can have on your well-being.
In this article, we will discuss that topic further by analyzing 5 of the key ways that gaming can help to improve your life. If you’re a gamer looking for validation, or just someone that wants to pick up a rewarding pastime, scroll down and read on…
Improved Problem Solving
If you have ever played Assassin’s Creed or Uncharted, you’ll be well aware of the tricky problem-solving aspects of these games.
But did you know that playing these games could make you eminently more attractive to potential employers? They can, and that’s because problem-solving is closely associated with some desirable skills to employers.
Problem-solving helps to improve:
- Analytical skills
- Innovative and creative thinking
- Adaptability and flexibility
- Team working
- Influencing skills
The human brain needs stimulation to keep it sharp and focused, without regular stimulation.
When you play your favorite games (whatever they are), many different regions in your brain will be activated. Not only will you be using your analytical mind to solve problems, but you will be testing your motor skills and the verbal regions of your brain. Playing real money poker will help ensure you take risks at the right time while also enabling you to learn when to play safe; these are transferable skills in the real world.
Playing video games doesn’t only keep your brain active and stimulated, but it also helps to improve them and train them, much like a muscle. Studies have found that regular video game playing has been linked to lower levels of dementia and other memory-related illnesses.
There is a greater understanding of mental health now than ever before, with conversations around the topic becoming less stigmatized. That’s a great thing because it empowers us to reach out and ask for help when we’re struggling.
If you feel like you’re slipping into a little bit of mental fog or struggling with the demands of modern life, you can hit a quick recharge from video gaming.
The most obvious way gaming can boost your mental health is by reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation. At one point or another, over the past year, we have all felt lonely and a little bit isolated from the outside world.
If you’re feeling down about this, text your friends and ask them to hop on an online game with you or find a Discord server for your favorite game and reach out to new people.
Another great way that gaming can help with your mental health, which is often underreported, is by reducing feelings of depression and anxiety at the moment. These two issues often rest on dwelling/ruminating on the past or catastrophizing over the future.
Gaming helps to keep you grounded and present in the moment, which has been scientifically proven to reduce depression and anxiety.
Pumping iron at the gym or sprinting down a country road isn’t for everyone, so if you feel your physical health declining and want a fun and exciting way to get in shape, why not try out Wii Fit?
Released in 2007 by Nintendo, the Wii Fit was designed to get families exercising together whilst having fun. You can opt for classic workout routines and strength training or exciting games that prioritize fun, with fitness coming as a bonus.
If you’re skeptical over the benefits of Wii Fit, don’t just take our word for it, do your research, and find the thousands of glowing endorsements from doctors, physios, and gym instructors.
If a Wii Fit console is out of your price range, take a look on the App Store or the Google Play Store to find some great, outdoors-based mobile games. Pokémon GO and Zombies, Run are two great games to get started with.
One issue that comes up time and time again with younger generations is the problem of assertiveness. Many of us have grown up being polite, which in itself is usually a good thing.
However, this can become a fault when it comes to professional life, especially when we find it awkward to assert. If you struggle with this, video games can provide you with a great tool to improve your assertiveness.
If you’re playing Warzone online with your friends, there really is no polite and quiet way to tell your squadmates that the guy who has shot you is ‘one-shot.’ Likewise, there’s no way to beat around the bush and gently suggest moving when the gas is closing in.
Online Battle Royale games like Warzone are great for practicing assertiveness which you can carry into your professional life. That doesn’t mean screaming at your colleagues to revive you, but it does mean speaking concisely and clearly when asking for something.
Are there any other ways in which games have helped to improve your life? If there are, let us know in the comments section below.