Like most of you over the last week I have been on the hunt! The search for my own Mew or Alakazam has been incredibly addictive and I’ve found myself on adventures, taking longer walks around the block and even chatting with new people?! The whole TalkLife team are on it!
So could Pokémon Go be one of the first games that’s actually really good for us? Aside from the In App purchasing, the lack of sleep and those who have gone walking into dark alleyways, I would like to lay out five reasons Pokemon Go can improve your mental wellbeing!!
Sunlight– fresh air and breathing in the world around us!
Most of us know this already, however a healthy amount of sunlight has been shown to be good for the body! Not only does sunlight help us in improve sleep cycles, circadian rythms and serotonin levels, it can also help to stabilise our moods. Not helpful for those playing Pokemon in Winter.
Exercise– Yes trekking to Pokéstops is good for you.
Exercise is incredibly important for mind and body. It can be a fast pick up if you’re feeling flat. Often after taking a brisk walk or run around the block you‘ll noticeably feel the difference. I’m not going to dive into endorphins, serotonin or the stuff doctors have been telling us for years, but I will say that whenever I exercise I feel better. I encourage you to try it– why not catch Squritle at the same time???
Distraction & break
At TalkLife, many users say to me that they often feel at their lowest or triggered to harm when they’re inside and have nothing to do with their minds racing around in circles.
We all need a break from ourselves at times and getting stuck into a game is a great way of switching off our minds, relaxing and stepping away from our thought patterns for a little while.
Pokemon Go forces us to get outside and physically take on a gym.. or two.. Not only does this remove our previous thinking but it challenges our minds with a new task. Our minds like to be challenged!
We can meet new people
I need to be careful here! I’m not suggesting meeting everyone who has a lure on a Pokestop is a good thing, i’m definately not suggesting you head down a dark alleyway to hang out with Boris & his friends.. but I am saying that the act of having an aligned purpose or interest is a huge icebreaker! Seeing a fellow trainer walking along The Strand hunting pokemon gives you something to laugh about– a chance to break down barriers.
Finally – IT’S FUN!!! Yes that’s right, fun, laughter, smiling!
It’s okay to have fun and it’s okay to giggle as you capture a 120CP Pikkachu!!! Sometimes we can get so caught up in our situations we forget to have fun, we can even forget what that feels like. Perhaps a dose of smiling, adrenaline and chasing imaginary creatures down highways or millitary bases could be exactly what the Doctor ordered?
I think this game is incredibly fun and if your parents suggest putting your phones away– you’re welcome to quote Jamie’s top five tips above!
What do you think? Are you enjoying Pokémon Go? Leave your comments below.