by Carrie Jurney DVM DACVIM (Neuro)
I’m not new to games. In fact, my husband works in video games so I definitely have exposure to them whether I like them or not. Now, I could go on and on about how video games are actually good for your brain- they teach hand/eye skills and spatial skills, they can even make you a better surgeon- but that’s not we’re talking about today. In fact, I really hate those stats, because it implies that we need to always be doing something to better ourselves. That every action must have purpose. I think that mindset is bad for us. Why must we always be on the treadmill?
Let's talk about playing for the sake of playing. Play is really important for your brain, and it's something that is sorely unappreciated in our workworkwork-all-the-time culture. Seriously- Ask what people do to unwind, and you hear a new list of work: "I'm running a marathon, and volunteering and working in my yard." All of that is wonderful stuff, and good for self-care too, but sometimes you just need to let your brain do something enjoyable that’s not work or cleaning the house. Something that's just fun. Something that doesn't check a box on a list. For me this week, that’s a video game. And I refuse to feel guilty about it. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed and this has been a source of joy and relaxation for me.
How about you guys- how did you play this week? What silly thing did you do that didn’t further a single goal?
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