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    Updated on Sep 2, 2020. Posted on Nov 10, 2016

    11 Games That Might Help You Reduce Anxiety And Stress

    Games requiring focus can help lower stress levels. Here are some that you can pick up and play.

    1. Pigment (iOS, Android)

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    An actual coloring book and a big ol' set of colored pencils can be a tad expensive, so if you're looking for a cheaper option, you might want to try this app. It's essentially a digital coloring book, complete with a big ol' set of digital colored pencils.

    Price: The app is free on iOS and Android and includes a select number of coloring pages, but you'll have to fork over some money if you want to unlock more content.

    2. Prune (iOS, Android)

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    The premise here is simple: Prune your Bonsai tree to form it into the shape you'd like. It's nice and relaxing, with no real objective in mind other than your own creativity.

    Price: $0.99 on iOS and Android.

    3. Monument Valley (iOS, Android)

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    UsTwo

    You know those M.C. Escher paintings with weird geometry and optical illusions? This is that in game form. You guide your avatar through a beautifully designed puzzle world by rotating pieces of the tower you're climbing. The music and colors help create a relaxing mood, even when the puzzles get tough.

    Price: $3.99 on iOS and Android.

    4. Silk 2 (iOS, browser)

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    Silk isn't as much a game as it is an illustration program, but it can be nice and relaxing nonetheless. The program allows you to draw with symmetry and various colors to create small works of digital art.

    Price: $2.99 on iOS and free in your browser if you're not on a mobile device.

    5. Hearthstone (iOS, Android)

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    Blizzard Entertainment

    Hearthstone is one of those games that's simple to pick up, but difficult to master...especially if you don't want to spend any money on in-game purchases. It's a digital version of turn-based tabletop card games, so it's meant to be played against real opponents. But if that turns out to be too hard, you can always play some nice, relaxing games against the computer.

    Price: Free on iOS and Android (also available on PC).

    6. Pokémon Go (iOS, Android)

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    Niantic

    Yeah, yeah, I know, you've heard of this one. A lot of you probably played it for a while. Almost as many of you are probably not playing it anymore. However, Pokémon Go not only provides simple, workable goals (catch 'em all), but it also encourages walking outside, which is usually very healthy for one's mood if you're able to do it. Recent updates to the game make it worth playing daily, so maybe give it another shot.

    Price: Free on iOS and Android.

    7. Jigsaw Puzzle (iOS, Android)

    If you're a little short on space in your apartment to feed your puzzle addiction, you can go digital with this app. It includes puzzles of varying difficulty that you can work on anytime you need to zone out, without having to worry about losing pieces.

    Price: Free on iOS and Android.

    8. INKS. (iOS)

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    INKS is essentially just pinball, but with an added twist: Whenever you hit one of the colored tabs on the board, it bursts in an explosion of colorful paint, which your pinball tracks across the board. By the time you finish a level, you have a small work of art that you've created.

    Price: $1.99 on iOS.

    9. Neko Atsume (iOS, Android)

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    Hit-Point

    Neko Atsume is a cat collection game where you place treats and toys in your yard and wait for adorable kitties to show up and start hanging out. It's so simple that you might think, "Why is this so popular?" But then you remember that it's a CAT COLLECTION GAME.

    Price: Free on iOS and Android.

    10. Drop7 (iOS, Android)

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    Zynga

    Drop7 is a straightforward puzzle game once you get the rules, but there's a small learning curve to figure out how it works. It requires quick counting, as you drop the numbered circles into columns and rows that contain that same number of circles. It takes focus, but not so much that it'll drive you crazy.

    Price: Free on iOS and Android.

    11. Alto's Adventure (iOS, Android)

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    Snowman

    Those familiar with the endless runner genre will immediately recognize the gameplay in Alto's Adventure. Basically, you're a snowboarder who rides through beautifully crafted scenery, collecting coins and making big jumps and stuff. It's easy to just zone out and enjoy the ride.

    Price: $3.99 on iOS, free on Android

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