Video games can be super entertaining and a great way to pass the time. But, there are many ways, both good and bad, that video games can affect you. It’s important to understand your limits and what you can do to keep a healthy balance.
Tips to Manage your Gaming Habits
Plan your time.
Before you start, it’s a good idea to put a time limit on how long you want to be gaming. You should think about what you’ll be doing in the game and make a realistic time limit. If you know you’ll be doing that might take a while (like a boss battle or difficult level) this may be something to work on.
Stop gaming at the right time.
Video games are made to suck up our time, and they certainly can do that, no matter how much we plan for it. If this happens, make sure you have ways to stop from gaming for too long. You can set a timer and put it away from your gaming area, so that when it goes off you have to get up to turn it off. You can also ask someone to help keep you accountable and remind you to stop playing at a certain time.
(Tip: Don’t ask a gamer friend to keep you accountable, they may want to continue gaming with you)
What’s around you?
Think about the environment that you game in. Do you have good posture on a well-designed, comfortable chair? Maybe add some cushioning to ease pain in your neck and back or use a chair with armrests. Have the lights on while you’re gaming as well (especially for you horror game players out there). Eye strain increases with bright colors and quickly changing images on the screen.
Take care of yourself.
Remember that you have your own needs too! It’s important to stay hydrated, eat healthy and get some exercise. The game is probably getting good, but it’s not going anywhere. Take some time to listen to what your body needs and take a break every half an hour to an hour.
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