anxiety, chronic pain, Mental Health, wellness

Gaming Therapy

There is one hobby that so many people overlook wellness. Video game therapy. Gaming therapy is something that helps me in my daily life when things get a little too stressful. Being able to bring the mind into an interactive world where I can hunt and kill enemies. Now that is something that can relieve stress.

With systems such as the Wii, virtual reality, and other gaming platforms, there are even more ways to get up and move. Technically, there are lots of ways to cheat at these games, but if you do it correctly, there should be no excuse to have fun in an interactive world while getting up to move. For someone with a chronic pain condition, like myself, these types of games are perfect if you want to get exercise without straining your body.

My favorite genre of games to play are the JRPG games such as the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts. Just as with reading books or watching movies, fantasy video games can help you escape from reality. That is something that allows people who stress out easily to find comfort in fantasy video games.

With Kingdom Hearts III finally releasing this week, I am excited to see how all the previous games come together. One big theme about this series is the struggle between darkness and light. It’s the perfect comparison for those struggling with mental health issues. Darkness would represent the various dark thoughts that come to mind. The never-ending struggle to find the light in the everyday stress is something I can see fans of the series can relate to. It is not just a series. It reflects humanity and my own mental struggle with anxiety.

Playing the Game

If you are interested in the series of Kingdom Hearts, and have yet to play the games this is the perfect time to get into them. There is a single game disc called Kingdom Hearts: Story So Far that holds all the games along with cutscene movies to catch up with the series. If you’re already a fan, I hope we can all enjoy Kingdom Hearts III

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anxiety, Mental Health, Social, wellness

Social Time

One thing I feel is vital with wellness is using social time. As humans, we need social interaction to function. For me, as an only child, being social with others is essential. I did not have that kind of communication when I was growing up.

Being social with friends and those you care about, physically, can help to ensure those negative thoughts from coming to you. At least that is my experience. With my anxiety, loneliness does more harm than good. All or most of my friends are usually busy, live too far away, or there are only certain times where I can visit.

However, the unfortunate side of this is that because I am an Empath, I become exhausted. Being “too” social can be an issue too especially for those who are introverts. The best thing to do is to find a balance. You need to know when you need to be social and when to be alone to decompress.

Since I spend a lot of time by myself lately, I am so happy that I will spend time with my partner this week. We may only have a small amount of time, but this time is precious. I talk to them every day online, but it is so much different from seeing them in person. When I look at them in person, I can hold them, kiss them, and embrace them. It is something you cannot do while on the other line of an internet connection or phone.

If you want to learn more about anything social or find tips on how to get more physically social, Amazon has books that might interest you.