Feeling stressed? Play Tetris

If you’re finding yourself to be a little stressed these days, try not to overthink it too much. Most of us are feeling a wee bit overwhelmed as of late thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, there is something we can try if we’re getting frustrated with our feelings of stress. According to an article from The Good News Network, “research from the University of California shows that playing Tetris has a remarkable effect on a person’s mental health and performance.”

There is a chance you’re questioning how exactly this game can work to combat feelings of anxiety. Well, “psychologist Kate Sweeny led the research by studying the game’s effects on the welfare of the university’s student population,” the article explains. “During times of immense stress, such as undergoing final exams and considering future careers, Sweeny instructed the students to play the arcade game before measuring their relative levels of perceived anxiety. Her research shows that by playing Tetris, overworked individuals often experienced a significant reduction in stress and anxiety and an influx in positive emotions.”

And, as it turns out, this study isn’t the first to reveal the benefits of playing Tetris. “A 2009 study showed that people who practiced the arcade game over time experienced improved mental performance. This makes it a perfect activity for distraction, and a fantastic way to improve your mental wellbeing in a short amount of time,” the article states.

I’ve played Tetris a few times before, and while I don’t find the game to be anything particularly riveting, I can say that my opinion of the game has altered tremendously since reading this article from The Good News Network. Try playing it via your phone or a computer, and in case you’re itching to get started, here is a link for an online version of the game.

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