How Video Games Can be Used for Stress Relief

August 19, 2019

With so many game consoles on the market, it’s no wonder more and more families are starting to enjoy playing video games together. Video games come in a wide range of genres and options that can suit any parent or teens interests. Video games get a pretty bad reputation lately with the focus put on spending less time on electronics, but the reality is that many video games can be used for stress relief.

This gameplay action can soothe the entire family in many ways and today I’m sharing some of the ways video games can be used for stress relief so that you, and your teens, are able to feel more relaxed after a busy day of life.

Break Up the Pattern

When life gets stressful people often wake up feeling dreadful of another day full of the same old stressors and busyness. Playing video games can be used to break up the pattern of waking up feeling anxious about your regularly scheduled events that day. This helps get your mind off the stressors that have seeped into your life while you enjoy some competitive gameplay with family or online friends.

Helps You Turn Off

Type-A personalities often have a difficult time turning off, as they live a life where they seem to race the clock to get things done and are constantly having to stay busy. This can be rather stressful on a person’s heart and health, so playing video games forces someone with Type-A personality traits to slow down and unwind all the while getting their fix of busyness in during video game playing.

Get Aggression Out

Last, but not least, playing video games helps you get some aggression out in a safe manner. Both teens and adults can be full of many emotions from their stressful day which means they need a safe outlet to release that anger or other negative emotions. Playing video games that allow you to wrestle, break things, or even work in a highly competitive nature helps reduce stress as you work to get out those negative emotions from the busy day.

These are just some of the ways in which video games can be used for stress relief. Both teenagers and parents alike can enjoy using video games as a time to bond together over a common interest, all the while helping to remove stress and feel better in the long run. 

  • Sarah Bailey August 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I have to admit my other half finds video games a great way to get out stress. If he’s feeling a bit pent up I normally direct him towards the PS4 and leave him alone for a while.

  • Elizabeth Williams August 19, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    We are a family of gamers and couldn’t agree more that playing video games can be fantastic for stress relief. My partner suffers from depression and he credits playing video games with helping him cope during tough times.

  • Jenny August 19, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    My son definitely turns to playing games online if he’s had a busy day and wants to relax and unwind for a bit.

  • Laura Dove August 19, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Ooh this is interesting! I am always stressed and never play video games, maybe I need to start! My eldest is very chilled out and always plays them….haha!

  • Rhian Westbury August 20, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I know my boyfriend plays video games to switch off. Not that he’s stressed but it’s a chance to not have to think about anything else x

  • Kara August 20, 2019 at 9:44 am

    The kids forced me to play with them the other day and I forgot how much fun they can be – my favourite is Just Dance for the giggles

  • Melanie williams August 20, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Never thought about it like that before, but I completely get it. May have to give this a go haha xx

  • Jenny @thebrickcastle August 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I play a game on my phone every single night after writing to switch off. It’s so simple and repetitive I can unwind – and I’m actually the highest ranked player in the world, except for the creator account. Don’t tell anyone though, my street cred would die 😀

  • Lauretta at Home and Horizon August 22, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Playing video games can indeed divert your attention and help you have a breather when the going gets tought.

  • Karen Langridge August 23, 2019 at 8:47 am

    I needed to read this as my boys are playing computer games whilst I catch up with work and I don’t feel quite so guilty now!!!

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