We’ve all heard the negative press that gaming gets, and of course, there are some downsides. But in our house, we’ve actually found that gaming is a great way for all of us to relax and de-stress at the end of the week.
In our house, it’s pretty much go, go, go all through the week. With the kids all having their own activities after school and myself working full time and running my own business on top, it’s easy to see how life can get stressful pretty quickly. One of the ways that we unwind is to play online games together, and despite the negative press, we find that it really helps our mental wellbeing.
The benefits of gaming
The trouble with modern life is that there’s no escape from work. That’s certainly the case for me anyway. I work from home and also run my own business, and if I’m not careful, I can find myself checking and responding to client emails late into the night.
On top of that, it feels as though we’re always rushing around making sure the children have what they need and are where they’re meant to be at any given moment.
Then there’s all the household chores to keep on top of too – don’t get me started on the amount of washing my family seems to create!
Gaming gives us the ability to switch off from all of those stresses and just get lost in the game. But I am careful to make sure that the games we play are family friendly and I always make sure we have a sensible amount of time playing games as well as getting out in the fresh air and getting a little exercise too. It’s important to have some balance in life.
We’ve been trying out some of the games available to play completely free of charge on Plays.org. I love this site for two main reasons! Firstly, all of the games are completely free to play and hosted on the site itself meaning that we don’t need to worry about the kids “accidentally” downloading any expensive games. Secondly, the range of games they have is insane – there really is something for everybody right down from my 50-year-old husband to our 6-year-old son! Each of us has our own favourite game on there that helps us to just chill out and put the stresses of the week out of our minds. My personal favourite is The Sorceror, you have to match three of the same coloured balls in a row by throwing your ball into the chain before it reaches the exit. I’m a big fan of Candy Crush, and this game kind of reminds me of that, I find it really helps me to just switch off and focus on the game which is exactly what I’m looking for.
In our house, gaming is used as a way to relax and unwind as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle! Do you do this too? Do you have any favourite games? We’d love to hear your thoughts.