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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. INKS. (iOS)
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.
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.
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.