Games for anxiety

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Hi all. I have major anxiety and depression. I’ve already tried everything else, so this is a last ditch attempt at a solution. Are there any games out there that are good at slowing things down a little? Thanks in advance

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Submitted by Siobhan on Saturday, November 6, 2021

Hi. If you're looking for something you don't have to pay attention to, just earning chips, I'd say try fruit pot. I play it when I can't sleep and I have no one to worry about talking to if I don't want. Other than this, I'm not sure what you'd like. sorry I'm not more help but let me know how I can help you better.

Submitted by Brad on Saturday, November 6, 2021

Have you tried putting on youtube, or an audiobook,/podcast or reading fan fiction? That helps me out a lot when I'm feeling an anxiety attack coming on.

What about family, can they help? I've found talking really does help me personally.

Submitted by Country music fan on Saturday, November 6, 2021

I’m very socially isolated, and I don’t really have family help. I’ve tried YouTube, audiobooks, and feeling different textures. That’s why I thought a game might be a different approach

Submitted by OldBear on Saturday, November 6, 2021

I used to have issues like that, and panic attacks that came on if things broke or stopped working, like the computer. I would pace back and forth, sometimes for hours, and something about the repetitive motion helped. Then when I got my iPhone I started tracking the steps, and it became like a game, keeping track.
It turned out to be a health issue causing a lot of the problems and it was addressed, but I still find myself pacing when I'm thinking or worried about something. I got fed up with carrying my phone all the time, and don't track it anymore though.

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Saturday, November 6, 2021

Have you tried any of the Blindfold Games? Many of them are quite slow-paced.

Submitted by Country music fan on Sunday, November 7, 2021

Hey there. That’s a good point, however, what I’d really like is a game like crafting kingdoms, in the sense that you can use boosts to get more coins and craft things. Is there anything like that? I like the idea of coming back to the game and finding millions of coins. I’m playing it but getting bored of crafting the same things over again. Thanks everyone for your help, I really appreciate everyone’s help.

Submitted by Andy Lane on Sunday, November 7, 2021

hey, i have had similar issues to you to the point that i was so stressed that i couldn’t walk, going from walking an easy 5 miles a day you can imagine that just added to the issues. The problem is we are in a broken world at the moment so we need ways to take our bodies out of fight flight freeze and into a more beneficial state. We have an entirely separate mode called para sympathetic or rest and digest, its when our bodies relax out of danger searching and problem solving into a more sedate state where things get fixed and repaired. For me yoga (Sue fuller yoga to hear on audible was how I started. First time I felt calm then second or third I just broke down and sobbed for the first time in over 10 years. Its incredibly powerful and as its on audible its expected that you can’t see so she’s much more descriptive. There are very gentle classes if you have fitness issues all the way up to intermediate. Bringing your attention down from your head, constantly thinking is just about the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned. For meditation I’d recommend waking up, again its very powerful indeed. I needed to stop thinking but you can’t just do that, You need to learn how to direct your attention somewhere other than your internal monologue as it really isn’t on your side, especially in difficult times. If you would like any other suggestions or like the idea of trying this route I’m more than happy to help with anything I can. The problem with games is that they only work until you aren’t playing them any more, if they work at all. This route is learning skills to benefit your entire life. I hope you find some peace soon.

Submitted by Country music fan on Sunday, November 7, 2021

In reply to by TJT 2001

I’ve looked at Galactic colonies very briefly but never really took the time to study it. Is there a method? Because when the tutorial stops popping up, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing. However, so far it seems to work for my anxiety. So thank you so much for your help

I’ve always wanted to try Yoga, but in New Zealand the classes are at night. So would definitely neat to have it on my phone. Thank you so much for your help

Submitted by Andy Lane on Sunday, November 7, 2021

In reply to by Country music fan

Hey, I really can’t oversell how much of a difference it can make, its like a switch has been flicked that turns the anxiety off and I’m left wondering what all the fuss was about but when you’re in it I know how much it becomes all you are and all you can think about. To give you an idea of how far you can get without lessons, I’ve been doing yoga for about 6 years now but only took my first class about 3 months ago. Apparently Ive managed to get easily into advanced level without having taken a class so don’t worry about that at all. If you’ve always wondered if it would help you then I think you’re half way there. It took me quite a long time to go that route but honestly, Its like magic. I understand why people become annoying evangelists for it when they get into it. It can change your fundamental experience of life which is pretty powerful. Anyway, Good luck and if you need anything at all just e-mail on andylanesemail@gmail.com I’m not promising I can do anything but I’ll definitely try. I understand how impossible life can feel and don’t want anyone to go through that if it can be reduced. Good luck.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Sunday, November 7, 2021

I play word games to relax, like Accessible Hangman and 7 Little Words, and sometimes Zany Touch. Game World is another really great app, and you won't have to worry about coins with that one. There are several games to choose from in that app.

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Sunday, November 7, 2021

Crocheting and knitting
I have been told that it was a perfect way to distract your mind from noise. I have highly considered taking up myself and I want to start with crocheting. YouTube has a lot of videos on this topic, if you are interested.
Good luck

Submitted by Brad on Sunday, November 7, 2021

In reply to by Country music fan

I hope you find what you need to help you calm down.

Submitted by Siobhan on Monday, November 8, 2021

Hi. I think I understand what you're looking for. well, I'm not in your shoes, so that's unfair to say I understand. Anyway fruit pot after playing a bit, just go on and you'll get a hundred chips and say five nudges. It's no pun intended, but mindless. I'm sorry I said it that way. I just mean you can focus on the sounds of the chips, the mini games like spinning wheel, memory game, where you pick the card out of eight of them. I'm pretty sure it's free. I hope this helps.

Submitted by Faerie on Monday, November 8, 2021

I really enjoy things like pyramid 13 or Lost Cities, both card games. I also wonder if you've ever considered apps like NatureSpace, which has a wide collection of some of the best nature sounds I've ever seen. Its not free, but as someone who also suffers from anxiety, it can be nice to slip into another world for just a bit and imagine something better for myself until things stop spinning. Their used to be a really lovely app called Balls, of all things, that sort of created a chiming landscape thing, but I can't appear to find it as of the time of this writing.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Wednesday, November 10, 2021

I wholeheartedly recommend Nature Space. Being one who is very particular, when it comes to sound apps, I cannot recommend Nature Space enough. This isn't just sound loops but the tracks have been recorded in real time. They have used 3D style recording methods. When used with a nice headset, it's easy to get lost in the track of your choice.

You are able to organize your favorite tracks in an order that suits you, as well.

Here is how I use the app. I choose my favorite book from BARD or Audible, start it playing, then turn on one of my favorite Nature Space tracks. Inside the console controls of Nature Space, I set the system volume to 100%, and the Nature Space volume to 40%. When the book and NatureSpace blend together, it's truly an amazing experience. For me it's a fast way to hush an hyperactive mind that just won't be quiet.

When you download the app, you have five different tracks to choose from for free. Personally, I didn't like those tracks, but this gives you a chance to view the app and play around with it. The last I looked, even if you purchase the entire catalog, it's only $29.99 US. When I first found the app, I believe everything cost $150.00 US.

Rather using the Nature Space app by itself or with a book, I truly think this will help you greatly.

Note: Based on my personal choice, I don't recommend earbud optimization, as it really muddies the sound track you are using.

If you have any questions, regarding the app and navigation, or anything else, please feel free to reach out.

Happy listening.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Wednesday, November 10, 2021

nature space is a fantastic app. it has a huge verity of sounds. when I purchased the complete collection, it was $14.99 US as it was on sail do to COVID. they 've released new sounds since the com[lete collection bundle however, they are inspired by Iceland. you can either buy the new sounds indaviduallhy to use with Naturespace, or by them all together, in a new app separate from Naturespace. good luck, and I hope you find a calming sound in Naturespace or the new app.

Submitted by Jo Billard on Thursday, November 11, 2021

I like Rain Rain. Some sounds you need to purchase, but they promote a premium sound every day, so I see no reason to purchase any. The free selection is quite varied. My favourite is the washing machine.

Submitted by tunmi13 on Thursday, November 11, 2021

Have you tried metronomes? I've heard that if you have a metronome at a very slow pace it really helps calm your mind.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Thursday, November 11, 2021

I took a fresh look at Nature Space in the App Store. It appears that they have released a few of their favorite packages as separate apps. In my opinion, since all of that material is already present in the Nature Space App, then keep it simple, save some memory space, and just utilize the Nature Space app. I guess I see the value of these smaller apps, but if one really wants other pieces of Nature Space anyway, then just one app will bring all their wonderful recording to you in just one app, which is their first one, Nature Space. Thanks for mentioning that they have released others. I'm glad I at least llooked again.

Submitted by Daniel Angus MacDonald on Friday, November 12, 2021

no problem. their sounds are deffenatly y worth the price

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