Gaming addiction prevention is important if you want a gaming experience at a high-performance level. In a previous article, we were writing about recognizing signs of gaming addiction. In this article, we are writing about how to prevent stepping into the addiction zone.
Yes, it is possible to do gaming and stay healthy. It is possible to play in a virtual world and at the same time be a part of the everyday world. It can be a win-win thing. 🙂
Our body has a natural need to move and to look at other things than a monitor.
It is important to become and stay disciplined and give your body and mind vital ingredients.
Your computer needs electricity to work, and you need to install some games to play.
And yes, your body and brain also need some basic things to work and play properly.
The more you are depriving your body of what it needs, the more body will deprive you of truly enjoying gaming and life.
Simple as that!
Now, let’s go to HOW – tips and tricks!
- Self-control – the first ingredient in preventing any kind of addiction. You can set an alarm clock to remind yourself that you have had your daily dose of gaming, or that is time to move your body, eat healthily, and drink water.
- Fun activity – outside the virtual world – reading a book, singing, doing yoga…and do it every day for half an hour.
- Eat healthily – you should eat other things than fast food and snacks. Your body, including your brain, needs nutrients such as minerals, proteins, “healthy” carbs, vitamins to work/game properly. Here is a short intro about nutrition we found online, we think it can be helpful. Of course, we recommend you to consult with the professional too.
- Look to the distant spot – if possible outside the window. It will prevent diopter increase. Every hour for about 10 minutes. Look at a preferably green spot (tree, bush, grass, etc) at least 20 meters away from you.
- Stretch yourself – stretching increases blood circulation through your body, and yes, to your brain, which you need for gaming. Let’s start from your hands you need the most after your eyes, spine, and brain!
- Breath…air…in open air…– your brain needs oxygen. When there is a lack of oxygen in our body you usually feel tired and feeling sleepy. It means you can’t concentrate on your game as you should.
- Move, walk – the alarm clock will not move you. It is your responsibility to move and only you can do it. We don’t mean walking away from the computer to another chair and scrolling up and down social apps on your mobile phone or watching TV. Instead of that monitor thingies, you should go outside and walk at least 1,5 hours per day, with a friend, dog…or just by yourself.
Here are some benefits of walking in gaming addiction prevention:
- The muscles and bones become stronger – you will reduce body pain during the playing,
- The heart pumps blood more efficiently and our digestion is more effective – increases awakens and concentration,
- Improved sleep quality – which means a better focus during the playing session,
- Enhanced ability to resist diseases – again, more gaming 🙂 ,
- Lighter mood and greater mental wellbeing – no broken monitors and keyboards 🙂 . (source)
It can be easier if you find your buddy – but NO, this person will not do it for you. This person can be your motivator to make you a company or to talk to you when it is hard to move or make yourself a decent meal.
Confront your problems! This is why…
If your main issue is dealing with stress and problems in life, we highly recommend you to seek help. It is a part of gaming addiction prevention. Why?
Well, if gaming is your runaway point it will no longer be your enjoyable stress-free corner. It will be your must. You will no longer be able to take care of yourself.
Your gaming performance will start rolling down. This is the point you are welcoming frustration to your happy gaming world – you are destroying your own happiness.
Yes, it is all up to you…but, you are NOT alone.
If you can’t motivate yourself for all these steps, ask someone for help.
YOU have to and CAN do it!
If you feel like you are at a low energy level on almost daily basis, sleeping too much or too little, feeling guilt, sense of worthlessness, general irritability…or any other symptoms that are throwing you away from a quality life, gaming and feeling good – we highly recommend professional help. Talk to a psychotherapist, your doctor, or a person you trust.
Treat yourself right, because you can’t have gaming without yourself!