So 2018 has come and gone and like any new year, goal-setting, planning and bullet journaling are probably exploding all over your feeds. And just like every new year, we too start making a million goals we plan to slay in the next couple months. I know, because I’m guilty of it too – when the adrenaline of 2019 wears off though and I maybe slip up here and there, I always end up being way harder on myself then necessary and my anxiety spikes.
If this is you too, don’t worry. It’s normal! Don’t give up on your goals or ditch your plans, just slow down and take a minute to breath before hitting the ground running again 🙂
For today’s post, I’ve been thinking about ways to soothe anxiety. There are tons of methods out there floating around the internet but lately, I’ve been turning to gaming to chill out. If you need a minute to block out the real world and forget your problems, here are 5 soothing, peaceful and captivating games to help you do just that!
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5 Games To Calm Your Anxiety!
1. Child of Light
“The game’s story takes place in the fictional land of Lemuria. Aurora, a child who wakes up in Lemuria after dying from a mysterious illness, must bring back the sun, the moon, and the stars that are all being held captive by the Queen of the Night in order to return home.“
Child of Light is an enchanting adventure straight out of fairy tale land and has all the fixings for an addictive play-through; strong female heroine, a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack and guys…do you see this picture!? The water color art style is absolutely gorgeous in this side-scroller. It’s a guarantee you’ll stop yourself mid-game just to stare at the beautifully outlandish landscapes. Child of Light is an easy game to lose yourself in when your day is going wrong an you’re just in need of some magic.
2. Stardew Valley
“In Stardew Valley, the player takes the role of a character who, to get away from the hustle of an office job, takes over their deceased grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley.“
Okay, maybe we can’t all just pack up our office, move to our grandpa’s farm and start over…but with Stardew Valley, you’ve got the next best thing! There are a ton of characters to meet, as well as a bunch of eligible bachelors for you to cozy up to. But, if romancing isn’t your style, there’s still fishing and mining, growing crops and taking care of cute animals. Stardew Valley has gotten me through more than a few rough patches and sick days.
3. Life is Strange
“Follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price.“
When I first played Life is Strange, I was a photography student just like Max, and immediately connected with her as a young girl who’s still unsure/finding herself and the importance of cherishing friendships. Besides a hella intriguing mystery to solve and two best friends that’ll feel like yours too, the entire mood of Life is Strange is really calming and there’s a ton to explore – not to mention it has the ultimate indie soundtrack to chill you out! Even the developers urge you to take your time walking around the town and to just enjoy what you see. Life is Strange is a unique choice-based game that you won’t find anywhere else!
4. Horizon: Zero Dawn
“Explore a vibrant world rich with the beauty of nature – but inhabited by awe-inspiring, highly advanced machines. As a young machine hunter named Aloy, you must unravel the mysteries of this world and discover your own destiny.“
I had to add an open world in here just because, since theres so much going on in them, they can be seriously distracting. I’ve had Zelda: Breath of the Wild recommended to me a ton by friends but since I haven’t gotten my hands on the game yet, I want to talk about my current favorite open world, Horizon: Zero Dawn! Grabbing your steed of choice and riding through the ever-changing landscape and weather to climb up the tallest mountain is an experience – and also, just the tip of this massive iceberg. Open worlds have this endless, all-encompassing feeling that’ll suck you in and make you forget whatever it was you were stressing about thanks to their sprawling story and hours-worth of side-quests.
5. The Sims
“The games in the Sims series are largely sandbox games, in that they lack any defined goals. The player creates virtual people called “Sims” and places them in houses and helps direct their moods and satisfy their desires.“
Okay, if you haven’t spent hours on end building the perfect rustic cabin or modern mansion, or making sure every swipe of eyeliner and hairstyle looks just right, then have you even played The Sims!? Building the ultimate house and creating the perfect family is more fun and distracting than it sounds, I promise. It sounds simple but I swear, you’ll look up at one point and realize you’ve somehow played through 4 generations, 6 weddings and had 20 grand-kids, and your problems are a distant dream! Ps…what sims is your favorite!? I’m partial to Sims 3 :p
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So there you have it! Who said video games only produce violence? What do you like to do when you’re feeling stressed? Have you played any of these games before? Let me know down in the comments below!
Happy almost-weekend Wanderers! <3