This is a continuation of a previous blog that I wrote. (https://www.gamercounsellor.com/post/feeling-exhausted-during-in-life)
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Whether it’s from work, relationships, or personal issues, stress can take a toll on our mental and emotional wellbeing. It can leave us feeling depleted and emotionally drained. It has been a disaster in New Zealand due to the flooding and cyclone that recently hit us. And even before that, I, unfortunately, got into a car accident. All these events pile up and no matter how I tried to cope my energy was drained. That’s why it’s important to have strategies to recharge our emotional energy storage.
In this blog post, we’ll explore various strategies for recharging our emotional energy storage in four different domains: physical, emotional, mental, and social. We’ll also look at how geek culture and video games can play a role in these strategies.
Exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce stress and boost our emotional energy. It releases endorphins, which are natural mood boosters. You can go for a run, take a yoga class, or even go for a walk in nature.
Sleep: Lack of sleep can negatively impact our emotional wellbeing. It’s important to prioritize sleep and create a healthy sleep routine. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night and try to stick to a consistent sleep schedule.
Nutrition: Eating a balanced diet can help regulate our emotions and energy levels. Speak to a professional for balanced diet advice.
Geeking Out: Engaging in geek culture can also be a physical strategy. Playing a game like Just Dance, Ring-Fit or a cosplay workout can be a fun and energizing way to recharge.
Mindfulness: Mindfulness practices like meditation or deep breathing can help us focus on the present moment and reduce stress. You can find guided meditations online or use an app like Headspace.
Creativity: Engaging in creative activities like writing, painting, or crafting can be a cathartic way to process emotions and recharge.
Self-Care: Taking time to pamper yourself and engage in self-care activities can help you feel refreshed and recharged. You can take a bath, get a massage, or do a face mask.
Gaming: Video games can be an emotional strategy as well. Playing a game with a compelling story or engaging with a supportive gaming community can provide a sense of emotional connection and fulfilment.
Learning: Engaging in intellectual pursuits like reading, taking a class, or listening to a podcast can be a stimulating way to recharge mentally.
Problem-Solving: Tackling a challenging problem or puzzle can provide a sense of accomplishment and boost our mental energy. You can do a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or even a virtual escape room.
Organization: Clutter and disorganization can cause mental fatigue. Taking time to declutter and organize your space can help you feel more focused and energized.
Gaming: Playing strategy or puzzle games can be a great way to recharge mentally. Games like Legend of Zelda: The Breath of the Wild, Portal or Tetris can help improve cognitive function and mental agility.
Connection: Connecting with loved ones and supportive friends can help us feel emotionally recharged. You can call a friend, schedule a virtual hangout, or even join a social club.
Community: Engaging with a supportive community can provide a sense of belonging and connection. You can join a fan group for your favourite geek culture or participate in an online gaming community.
Volunteering: Helping others can be a fulfilling way to recharge emotionally. You can volunteer at a local charity or get involved in a virtual volunteer opportunity.
Gaming: Multiplayer games can provide a sense of social connection and interaction. Games like Final Fantasy 14 or Animal Crossing can offer a virtual social outlet.
Do you have other effective ways to recharge your energy? Share your ideas below!