Aside from resting, excersice, playing sports, out of town, yoga, etc.. Did you know that playing video games can also helps relieve stress and tension?
Before i do play online games like ragnarok/cabal/dota/rohan and etc. that’s my past time and my daily habit after working for hours at the office.. Sieging for an hour, Killing players at PVP (parang ang lakas ko no?), aiming beyond godlike per game(malakas talaga ako.. hehee..) , Boss Hunting, Party Questing, Nation War, etc.. can relieve stress..
Recent studies by researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Center for Mental Health and Media have shown that playing online games helps to relieve stress and tension from work.
So do you have a really stressful job? Does the mental fatigue take its toll on you day in and day out? The good news is that playing video games is a great stress reliever. It can actually help you relax and relieve some of the tension; after a quick gaming session you will feel less stressed and ready to tackle the next problem.
Online games come in a huge range of choices from simple games that do not require much concentration or mental effort to puzzle and strategy games that need you to shift from high stress to refocus on a game that completely engages your mind and thinking capabilities. Believe it or not, one quick game session can actual increase productivity levels.
People who work from home can really benefit from this method of relieving stress. All you need to do is shift your focus away from your work and change the direction of your thinking towards fun thoughts and playing.
Hidden objects are one of the best de-stressor games – you have an interesting game with lots of different scenes and an intriguing storyline. You do need concentration to find a whole host of cleverly hidden objects in one level to move to the next level.
The concept of using games to change your thinking from aggravation or even frustration is not a new one. It has been used with children to get them to learn a particularly difficult topic. Make a game out of it and the child finds it a whole lot more interesting and easier to learn.
While this article is not advising you to play video games while at work, it is a concept that should be considered by people who want higher productivity levels from their employees. It would also appear that it is seriously worth considering playing in a controlled environment as a way of reducing stress on the job. source
Overall, it has been proven that online games are good for health, as it helps to relax the player. According to a study at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, online gaming is a great stress reducer, reducing Cortisol (the stress hormone) by an average of 17%!
So when you next find yourself caught up in insane deadlines or impending examinations, stop and spend about twenty minutes of your time to a game. Then return to your tasks with a clear mind and a greater readiness to tackle them!