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Although I’ve lived with mental illness my whole life, I am not a medical professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider, call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclaimer.
If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I’m a big believer in video games helping our mental health.
They help my loneliness when I’m struggling with depression. They fight my anxiety and give me a sense of calm. You can find several posts mentioning them throughout my blog. (Read this and this to get an idea)
Continue reading for my favorite computer games you can play to help your mental health.
My 10 Favorite Computer Games to Help Your Mental Health
1. THE SIMS
I’ve been playing the series since I was 8 years old, and over 16 years later I’m still just as in love.
I love creating huge families filled with generation after generation. I could also spend hours downloading Custom Content for my Sims. The possibilities are endless.
2. ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON
I love Rollercoaster Tycoon so much. I could spend hours trying to build the best, most exciting theme park.
What I love most about the series is trying to beat as many scenarios as I can. All of them are different, so it’s exciting no matter how many times I play.
3. AGE OF EMPIRES
I’ve played Age of Empires for years, and I still haven’t gotten tired from it.
Ancient civilizations have always intrigued me, and the games are the perfect escape to a different time and place.
I also highly recommend Age of Mythology, because you get to use magic and different forces and powers from a number of Gods.
4. WORMS ARMAGEDDON
Worms Armageddon is a true classic. It’s funny, unique, and awfully entertaining.
You get to create a team of up to 8 worms into combat against other teams. Using real-life and/or cartoonish weapons, you’ll try to dominate and destroy your opponents.
5. DUNGEON SIEGE
Dungeon Siege was the first RPG (roleplaying game) I ever remember playing. It’s set in medieval times and filled with forests, mountains, and obviously dungeons.
For it being released in 2002, the graphics and story is so incredibly enchanting. It’s a great game to be whisked away for an hour or two.
6. NEED FOR SPEED
I love Need for Speed on PlayStation, but I grew up playing it on PC. When I wasn’t beating opponents in races, I would just drive around for hours, staying behind traffic, and following all traffic laws. My dad jokes that I learned to drive by playing NFS.
I also really love being a cop in Hot Pursuit. It changes perspective, and it’s nice to catch all the speedy races from time to time.
7. DEER AVENGER
My favorite game out of the series is The Rednecks Strike Back.
If you end up playing, really pay attention to the dialogue. It’s so outrageous, yet so funny!
8. ZOO TYCOON
I don’t believe in zoos in real life (I feel they’re like jail), but I do love Zoo Tycoon. I know the animals in the game are just pixels, but it cures any need to support zoos.
Your imagination can really run wild as you build enclosures and take care of all the animals. You can even breed dinosaurs in Dinosaur Digs! Just make sure they don’t escape, or they’ll eat your guests!
9. HEROES OF MIGHT AND MAGIC
Heroes was one of those games I loved watching other people play. When I finally got to play myself, I was so intrigued by all the different strategies I could perform.
You can recruit armies, move around the map, capture resources, and engage in combat. The more you play, the more knowledge and skills you’ll have.
I love that Heroes incorporates some RPG elements into the games, so it makes you really transfixed with the story.
10. PET VET
In Pet Vet, you get work as a vet to cure dolphins, seals, koala bears, kangaroos, and much more. You’ll also learn incredible things about the animals as you treat and care for them.
It’s not only a fun, interactive game, but it’s also educational.
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Have you played video games to help your mental health? Which ones?
1. ONLINE THERAPY
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4. SOCIAL ANXIETY TO SOCIAL SUCCESS
Social Anxiety to Social Success is an eBook Kel from Anxious Lass created. I’ve read countless ways to recover from social anxiety, and I still found new, important information in her book. The best part is it’s written in a warm and relatable way.
5. BLESSING MANIFESTING DIGITAL PRODUCTS
Blessing Manifesting sells a bunch of digital products focusing on self-love and personal development. You can either buy them in a digital version or physical copy.