Selp-Help Resources

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"I love anything about gaming. It's a wonderful media to tell a story. And everything about game conception, makes me feel so relaxed...so free. I'm a very creative being." 
- The cracks in my heart


GET A HOBBY MATE

Gaming is great but sometimes it can become your life! We also acknowledge that there is a whole world outside of video games that can be just as pleasurable. Also, for developers, the actual game itself is what is the problem.

Apart from, you know, playing another game, here are some activities you could try to take some time for you, reset those batteries, and get into a more productive and healthy headspace.

  • Crafting – knitting, etsy, card making, model building
  • Laser tag
  • Baking Volunteering (you can cuddle puppies this way)
  • Coding Exercise/team sports (see exercise)
  • Gardening
  • Writing for yourself/creative writing/catharsis
  • Birdwatching
  • Sketching/drawing. It is an amazing escape. Also, you make something at the end.
  • Lomography ie picking up shitty 2nd hand cameras and using expired film
  • Visiting galleries
  • Reading at a cafe
  • Exploring your town
  • Making comics
  • Sorting out your photos/photo albums at home
  • Reading at home
  • Reading anywhere else
  • Listen to a podcast (and don’t do anything else whilst listening to it)
  • Start a YouTube Channel
  • Fishing

EXERCISE

Exercise has long since proven to be beneficial to all sorts of physical and psychological conditions. Exercise releases endorphins, boosts your metabolism, can help with sleep, can be social, and generally is just ace and feels amazing. You may not think you are any “good” at exercise, but have you tried all these different forms? Most are free and some can even be done in your bedroom.

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Sprinting
  • Weight-lifting
  • Circuit training
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Longboarding
  • Skating
  • Roller derby
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Martial Arts

CAN’T GET OFF THE COMPUTER?

(Submitted by Anon)

That’s fine. Sometimes our mental health physically prevents us from going out or even from just getting off the computer. It can be completely debilitating, and the thought of doing anything else could be exhausting.

That is not your fault and it’s okay – you can beat it. Why not start by doing something productive online? Giving yourself a sense of achievement could be the stepping stone you need.

  • Pinterest
  • Self-education
  • Online courses
  • Blogging
  • Digital art
  • Follow tutorials on YouTube
  • Write music or teach yourself music
  • Make yourself a portfolio
  • Linkstumble across different wikis

CREATE A THOUGHTS DIARY

Have you heard of ANTs? No, not the tiny (yet wonderfully industrious) insect.

ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts, and we all have them. Until you know they exist, you probably wouldn’t even question them. You would instantly believe what they are telling you, because it’s your own thoughts.

Why would they lie? But they do lie!

“I’m no good.”

“He doesn’t really love me.”

“My parents think I’m a failure.”

But they aren’t true, and you don’t have to believe them! Sometimes we get down on ourselves without even realising it, by emotionally responding to ANTs and this results in unproductive or even detrimental behaviours. It can stack up over time and leave you feeling terrible.

Create a thoughts diary. This involves writing down an intrusive, negative thought you have had, and identifying what “species” of ANT it is. (There are all sorts of websites looking at this thought theory). Then you challenge the thought and decide on an action to do the next time you have it. You essentially replace the thought with a better one.

Start slow. Three per day. Steadily escalate. You’ll be thinking more positively in no time.


About Pixel

Prescription Pixel is an initiative to provide a space for people who enjoy gaming to learn and talk about mental health.

We believe that video games can be therapeutic for mental wellness, and we support clinical research into this area. On the site you can find gaming and non-gaming based resources for all sorts of emotional and psychological experiences.

 

In addition, we acknowledge that online gaming addiction can be a serious condition. If you think you may be addicted to online gaming, you will find helpful resources here.

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