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5 Types of Video Games That Help Relieve Stress

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As parents our decompression time can be pretty limited, so we want to quickly jump in and out of pleasurable activities that help us relax. While there are a few different activities I engage in for a creative outlet (like reading and writing), I also like to use video games to help me de-stress. Growing up gaming for enjoyment, it’s really no surprise; however, not all games are created equal. When I’m looking to let off steam, I can usually be found playing one of five types of video games.

1 – Simple social games

After a long exhausting day I prefer not to think too much. This is where the Facebook and smartphone games come in handy – just click, click, click (or tap, tap, tap). There’s something comforting in the repetition.

2 – Puzzle games

On the flip side, sometimes I want to challenge the ol’ noggin. Puzzle games keep the mind sharp and can provide a sense of accomplishment upon completion.

3 – Rhythm games

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Whether it’s dancing or playing music, these types of games are loads of fun for me. I can play in competitive or party mode depending on my level of confidence that day.

4 – Fitness games

While you are not technically playing a “game,” exercise disguised as fun is a great way to burn off some energy. Going for a walk helps clear my mind and melt the stress away, and workout games can do that too. It also does a body good!

5 – First person shooter/action adventure games

Do you ever get so frustrated you feel like screaming and breaking stuff to let it out? Yeah, me too. Strong emotions bottled up need a way to release. A safe way to do that is to bust things and thwart evil plans in a virtual world. Generally I am not very good at FPS games so I stick to more adventure type games. I focus on the quests and battles, having a mental escape for awhile. My husband plays quite a few shooter games, but also enjoys being able to explore the game world created like in Far Cry 3 and Assassin’s Creed. Sometimes deviating from “story mode” can be an even greater escape. Hey – just because we have kids doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy games created for adults!

What kinds of games do you like to play?

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Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

I like adventure games the most - like Uncharted or Assassin's Creed. I also love strategy games like Final Fantasy, Persona and Valkyria Chronicles.