Health & Wellness

Everything That Gaming Has Given Me

It wasn’t so long ago that gaming was a fringe hobby with a negative reputation. In ye olden days, many people thought of gamers as scruffy, unsocialized nerds who lived in their parents’ basements and spent their hours in pursuit of “useless” achievements like high scores. While gaming and those…

What to Track in Your Journal for Every Game Genre

A few weeks ago, we talked about the substantial mental health benefits of journaling and how they can be applied to gaming. Journaling about your gaming experiences can keep you moving forward, remind you of your goals (and help you set some if you don’t have any), and reduce anger…

Journaling About Gaming Can Boost Your Mental Health

Have you ever wanted to get a little bit more from your gaming experiences? Maybe you want to track everything you’ve achieved in your favorite games in one place, or maybe you want to see how your rank in a competitive game has progressed over time. Maybe you even struggle…

Why Positive Mental Health Representations Matter in Games

As someone who’s struggled with a number of anxiety and depression issues, I’ve often turned to games as a way to survive during particularly tough times. Using video games to cope with mental health issues can be tricky. Sometimes, gaming as an escape can turn into an obsession that could…

How To Make The Most Of Your Self-Care Gaming Session

Everyone has their own preferred forms of self-care. Sometimes it’s getting organized, sometimes it’s revamping a skincare routine, sometimes it’s deleting an ex’s phone number. Anything that you enjoy and that helps you unwind can be beneficial for mental and emotional self-care. According to MercyCare, there are a few other…

My Favorite Self-Care Activity? Intense Competitive Games

One of the biggest tenets of (commercialized) self-care is relaxation. Taking time for ourselves and resting for the sake of our physical and mental health traditionally involves performing slow, easygoing activities like reading, taking a long bath or shower, or watching a low-key TV show. For gamers, it might involve…

Gamification, Part 2: Five Ways to Gamify Your Wellness

Gamification can boost your mental and physical wellness. Welcome back to our gamification series! In last week’s article, we talked about how you can apply the principles of gamification to your exercise and physical health to make working out less of a chore. This week, we’ll be discussing how you…

5 Tips to Avoid Tilt in Gaming

Tilt is a part of the competitive gaming culture, but unfortunately it’s detrimental to our skills in-game and our mood IRL. Urban Dictionary calls tilt an “emotional state” that comes from doing the same thing repeatedly and having the same negative results. It can feel like an “emotional breakdown” from…

Can’t Sleep? Here Are Five Great Games For Insomniacs

Picture this: it’s late at night and you’re trying to get some rest, but you can’t seem to get any sleep. You keep tossing and turning, anticipating that big work meeting, final paper, or other gigantic task that you’ve been dreading for weeks. You know you need to get some…

Purposeful Play: Finding Balance Between Esports and College

Thanks to their ballooning worldwide popularity, esports have extended into the collegiate space over the last several years. Schools have started and managed their own teams to compete in tournaments hosted by organizations like CSL Esports and Tespa; the biggest schools are even offering scholarships to prospective players. The amount…