There’s no better way to relax after a long day of staring at a computer screen than to come home and stare at a screen while playing video games. All jokes aside, gaming has proved to have a tremendous impact on the reduction of stress.
Gaming can range from mindless puzzles on your phone, like Candy Crush, to notoriously rage-inducing games, like Dark Souls. Whether you’re a gaming veteran or a casual gamer, both can contribute to lowered stress levels. However, it seems like the gaming culture is always under attack. Not only is it seen as a violent, non-productive hobby, mothers across America are in fear that video games will turn their children into sociopaths.
All things considered, gaming is just like sex. There’s a slow buildup toward an ultimate climax of victory. Both activities elevate your heart rate and once the big win is earned, tension and stress are released. It’s a popular remedy to masturbate before bed to relax the body and fall asleep faster, maybe the same notion can be applied to gaming!
Not only does gaming reduce stress, it may also prevent depression. While depression sometimes comes without any rhyme or reason, kicking ass in a video game helps turn your mood around before long term symptoms are noticed.
Overall, if you’re feeling down or stressed out, pick up a video game and play it until you can’t remember what was bothering you in the first place. There’s nothing like beating the shit out of someone in Grand Theft Auto!