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Tips to Using Video Games To Survive The Holidays

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The holiday season can be a stressful time. Getting together with family, traveling, parties and buying presents for everybody not only takes up time, but also precious energy and can strain a person’s mental health.

Luckily, good old video games have come to your rescue. Proven to help lower stress and give people an escape from the holiday pressures, video games could be just what you need to survive. Here are just a few different ways you can use video games to stay in that positive, festive mood.

Road Trips and Video Games

Taking a long road trip home or to a relative’s is simply an unavoidable part of the holidays. For some, the road trip is simply boring, while for others, it’s pure torture. Curated, amazing Spotify playlists can only get you so far, and when they won’t go the extra mile (pun intended) you might want to consider some alternative ways to pass the time using a different type of technology.

If you aren’t driving, the answer is simple. You can fill your trip with playing games on mobile consoles, laptops, phones/tablets, or maybe even consoles if you have a portable TV and a way to power it. If you can get wrapped up in the game, a four-hour long road trip can be over in a snap.

If you have children in the car, video games can be extremely handy. The key is keeping them invested in the game enough that they don’t get bored. Doing well with kids on road trips requires taking breaks, filling their wants and keeping them distracted.  

The problem arises though if you have to drive. You can’t play games while driving, but there are other solutions. One is to listen to an audiobook based on one of your favorite video game universes, or a book all about video games like Ready Player One. If that isn’t your preference, or your road trip isn’t long enough to finish a book, you could also try a podcast about video games.

Finally, if weather conditions are poor and you need to focus, toss on video game music to play while driving. Video game music is designed to help people focus on an intense task without distracting. You could get remixes and covers of your favorite soundtracks, or just listen to the original soundtracks.

Bringing Everybody Together With Games

It’s hard to entertain everybody when they all get-together. One great way to help people get along is by playing games. Easy to play party games are ideal for helping people to have fun and prevent family fighting. Games like Fibbage can get a lot of people involved in a game, laughing, and having a good time.

If you have people who are a bit more familiar with video games, you can always boot up the Wii for some Wii Sports or pull out those plastic guitars for some Rockband. Including people and encouraging them will help everybody have fun and can lead to some great memories.

Blowing Off Steam

If you’re anything like the general population, you’re gonna get stressed during the holidays. It might even feel like too much to bear. This could happen in the midst of juggling a dozen different things during the week, or at a family dinner when a relative starts lecturing you on your lifestyle.

Don’t be afraid to step away, take some time for yourself, and play a video game to help calm down. After you’ve calmed down and played for a little bit, then you can re-enter the situation. Doing this can help prevent you from doing something you’ll regret and make your holiday situation a bit easier to handle.

Being Prepared For Slow Connections

On Christmas day, everybody is opening their presents and getting new games and systems. Then they promptly plug it in, connect it to the internet, put it a game, and start updating it. The problem is when millions of people are doing this all at the same time and all the updates are slowed to a crawl. Or, heaven forbid, a group of hackers decide to take down the networks like previous years.

If you are giving video games as gifts to your kids or other people, consider sneaking and updating their games on their console the night before if you can. If this isn’t possible, maybe have a backup game they can play or just be prepared to play offline.

Remember that the holidays are a time for friends, family, giving, and joy. Use video games to help get through them, but don’t forget to spend time with your loved ones and to enjoy the holiday season.

Got a tip to share with your fellow gamers? What do you do to ensure you stay positive through the holiday stress? Share with us in the comments below.

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