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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…

Gamification, Part 1: Five Ways to Gamify Your Exercise

One of the hardest parts about self-improvement is sticking with good habits. While it’s easy to commit to all sorts of dramatic improvements in a rash moment of enthusiasm, the reality is that you probably won’t stick with them. Every year, we hear about people giving up their New Years…

5 Tips To Help You Sleep Better After Gaming

Have you ever tried to get a good night’s sleep after an evening spent gaming, but find that you just can’t shut your mind or body off? We’ve all been there: you have an incredible match or a great session, tell your friends good night, and lay down in bed…

Early Retirement in Esports Should Not Be the Norm

Retirement in esports is a subject that’s slowly starting to gain more steam as more competitors enter the field. Even the best athletes are embracing retirement in their mid to late twenties as they move into more content-oriented roles, but why? There is no “ideal” retirement age in esports, even…

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…

5 Video Games Proven To Reduce Anxiety

Many of us turn to video games in times when we need to unwind from a stressful situation or when we simply want to have a relaxing, care-free day. In my case, after a long work week, my Saturdays often involve a morning cup of coffee, a cozy blanket, and…

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…

The History Of Gaming Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, And Prevention

Studies have proven that video games can relieve stress and act as an escape from life’s obstacles. In fact, the list of benefits that gaming has on mental health, learning, and socialization is lengthy, but like everything else in the world, there’s a too much line to cross. Too much…