Consider your search for something to fill the time between unhealthily frequent trips to the refrigerator over, because the answer is video games.
Video games offer an exciting platform that allows you to virtually connect with your friends and momentarily forget about the anxieties of quarantine life.
According to the CDC, “Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.”
If we are to overcome the mental-health challenges presented by sheltering-in-place, try a healthy outlet like video games.
The new generation of gaming consoles is a completely immersive experience, and the best part; there is truly something for everybody.
If you enjoy the fast-paced, in your face, white-knuckling first-person shooters, “Doom Eternal” will certainly fulfill your blood lust.
If you just want to connect with friends and build a virtual life more exciting than your current one, then “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” lets you do just that.
If you are already a gamer and have long been divided from your friends due to their poor taste in gaming platforms then I have good news for you, there are now cross-platform offerings options such as “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” that seamlessly connect Xbox, Playstation, and PC gamers alike.
Some of us are cut from a different cloth, so maybe you just want to know what it’s like to be a goose? Well, you’re in luck because “Goose Simulator” provides the full experience and then some for only $20.
Mental well-being and video games have not always been two words that people used to string together in the same sentence, but times are surely changing.
Cognitive behavior therapy games have been used for decades and now video games are being added to the list of tools in psychological treatment for anxiety disorders.
According to BBC News, virtual reality based games are being developed to help treat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Ultimately, video games do not offer a cure that ensures our mental wellbeing.
What they do offer is a healthy outlet to entertain ourselves and connect with others that otherwise would not be available to us under the current shelter-in-place order.