Games That Might Help You Reduce Anxiety And Stress(1)


1. Pigment

An actual coloring book and a big ol’ set of colored pencils can be a tad expensive, so if you’re looking for a cheaper option, you might want to try this app. It’s essentially a digital coloring book, complete with a big ol’ set of digital colored pencils.

2. Prune

The premise here is simple: Prune your Bonsai tree to form it into the shape you’d like. It’s nice and relaxing, with no real objective in mind other than your own creativity.

3. Monument Valley

You know those M.C. Escher paintings with weird geometry and optical illusions? This is that in game form. You guide your avatar through a beautifully designed puzzle world by rotating pieces of the tower you’re climbing. The music and colors help create a relaxing mood, even when the puzzles get tough

4. Silk 2

Silk isn’t as much a game as it is an illustration program, but it can be nice and relaxing nonetheless. The program allows you to draw with symmetry and various colors to create small works of digital art.

5. Hearthstone

Hearthstone is one of those games that’s simple to pick up, but difficult to master…especially if you don’t want to spend any money on in-game purchases. It’s a digital version of turn-based tabletop card games, so it’s meant to be played against real opponents. But if that turns out to be too hard, you can always play some nice, relaxing games against the computer.

6. Pokémon Go

Yeah, yeah, I know, you’ve heard of this one. A lot of you probably played it for a while. Almost as many of you are probably not playing it anymore. However, Pokémon Go not only provides simple, workable goals (catch ‘em all), but it also encourages walking outside, which is usually very healthy for one’s mood if you’re able to do it. Recent updates to the game make it worth playing daily, so maybe give it another shot.