Have you ever had one of those days where you feel worked to the bone and just need to sit back and chill for a while?
Of course, you have!
But de-stressing after a long day’s work is sometimes easier said than done.
There are plenty of ways to start the relaxing process, including a nice warm bath, meditation, or sitting back and reading an interesting book.
Yeah, okay. Borrring.
The modern age offers many more interesting and inventive ways to relax than ever before. One of the most popular is gaming to escape from reality for a little bit, and there’s science to back up its relaxation benefits. Studies show that video gaming not only helps relieve everyday stresses but also stimulates creativity, critical thinking, and focus — all really good cerebral skills to hone while immersing yourself in a game.
What if there was a way to enhance the relaxation effects of gaming even more? No, we’re not talking about smoking weed or eating a THC edible that gets you high.
But we are talking about another cannabinoid found in hemp called cannabidiol. More commonly known as CBD, cannabidiol goes part and parcel with video gaming. It’s not psychoactive and won’t give you a mental high like marijuana, but higher doses of CBD can give you a nice body high to help you relax on a deeper level. The best part about CBD is there’s no hangover effect or munchies that you might regret the next day.
CBD is wellknown as a stress relief supplement that interacts with neurotransmitters in our central nervous system to help us feel good. Coupled with its energy rejuvenation properties and cognitive functioning benefits, taking 50 to 100 milligrams of CBD before your next gaming session could give youa serious step up in your gameplay.
So, slam a few CBD honey sticksand have some edibles and game time all to yourself. Here are some game suggestions that you’ll find entertaining and perfect for destressing.
Ally with your friends; or destroy them. The choice is yours in Civilization 6.
Everybody wants to rule the world… and if you’re zoned in, focused, and looking for strategic gameplay Civilization VIis exactly the game that will meet your needs.
You’ll have to start slowly and grind it out while building your first settlement. But it won’t be long before you’re waging war, building advanced tech to outmaneuver the competition, and dominating trade routes so that you can control the world.
Forza Horizon 5
In real life, you’re responsible with your earnings and own a reasonably priced vehicle that gets you from point A to point B. In Forza Horizon, however, you get to ball in some of the baddest race cars known to humankind.
Get your heart racing and go absolutely nuts at high speeds.
The graphics are off-the-hook, and gameplay can get intense.
Play with a game controller, or if you want the full driving experience and feel the need for speed, grab a Logitech G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel and Floor Pedals for a simulated racing experience like no other.
Grand Theft Auto 5
Out in the business world and our personal lives,we respect others, have morals and ethics, and look to long-term life considerations to make solid day-to-day decisions.
But sometimes, you need to let those inner demons loose and do some good ol’ fashioned robbing and pillaging.
Want to do some gambling? Or maybe be the next Tony Montana and start your own cocaine factory? How about running from Johnny Law instead of pulling over and getting hit with a $300 speeding ticket?
Grand Theft Auto makes all this possible without ever leaving your living room – or going to prison.
It’s one of the most popular games in the world and never fails to entertain.
Go Old School
All these fancy new games take you out of reality. But they throw you into a virtual reality environment that, in one way or another, aims to simulate the real world.
If you want to completely check out, you may need to go old school and play some of the originals, especially if you were a kid in the 1980s. They could be what you need to help you feel young and carefree again — at least for a little while.
Pac-Man, Donkey Kong Junior, Super Mario Brothers 2, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Legend of Zelda, and other OG titles are still available. Sure, you may be running on 8 or 16 bits, but sometimes simple is better.
You can find these games on emulators. Or, you can go full bore and shell out for one of the original Nintendo or Atari game systems on eBay, Craigslist, or your local antique store. If there’s no antique store, find a place that still sells DVDs. They’ll have what you’re looking for.