A 9 to 5 job can exhaust anyone. Never ending deadlines, piles of work, brain draining meetings, and the stress of delivering the best are a few reasons why jobs and working take a toll on people’s mental health and motivation to keep on pushing the envelope. It not only affects their performance but can also hinder their professional growth. That’s why it is important to take chunks of breaks from work and indulge in activities that decrease your stress and freshens up the mind to keep on delivering the best. That is where games can help!
Games have emerged as a favorite leisure time activity of kids and adults alike. Besides that, it also helps in lifting mood, energizing the mind, and de-stressing. But with so many options, it is hard to choose the right games that can give you the much needed work break in the perfect way possible.
So, we have made a list of 4 casual games that are the perfect option to take some breathable break from work.
Solitaire is one of those games that have survived the surge of so many emerging games in this era. Despite being a three decades old game, introduced in 1990 by Microsoft in Windows 3.0, it is still going strong among people. According to Microsoft, around 35 million people still play this card game despite having so many other popular games.
What makes this card game one of its kind is its interesting gameplay and 100+ versions that keep you hooked. From Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, Pyramid, to Forty Thieves, there are many games under the huge umbrella of Solitaire that have different features and levels of games to give a much needed relaxing break from the work. So, if you feel your brain freeze during work, Solitaire is the way to go.
Mahjong is an ancient Chinese game that was played 3000 years ago. Fast forward, it’s the 21st century and this game is still popular in China. You can find gatherings of people in the streets and in Mahjong hall where people are busy enjoying their favorite Mahjong game. But if you think it is just an Asian game, you need to think again. Recently, people in the USA, Japan, and other parts of the world have been captured in the Mahjong frenzy and it is no more just an Asian thing. Many people love playing this game like no tomorrow.
Mahjong is played among 4 players, using 136 titles, having Chinese symbols carved on them. The players have to make 1 pair and four sets of tiles with at least 3 identical tiles. It is an interesting game and indulges you so much that you might forget all your work-related anxiety (but don’t end up forgetting work at all!).
Unlike Mahjong and Solitaire, Wordle is not an old game dating back several years. It is a game created by Josh Wardle in the 2022s and that too is a gift for his partner. But the exciting and challenging format of the game made it a world sensation. Now it is no more just for Wardle’s partner. It has become a cherished game by thousands of people who play it every day. Due to the rising popularity of the Wordle, the New York Times eventually bought it.
This game’s idea is somehow embedded in our childhood scrabble and word puzzle games. You have to guess the word that Wordle has selected. It is a fun activity that takes you on a rollercoaster ride of excitement, joy, and thrill. You are given 5 chances to guess the word. If you guess it right, your score and time taken are shown the world over to the Worlde player. So, it is overall a fun and exciting game to refresh your mind that gets stuck due to workload.
How do you doodle? If you haven’t listened to this line ever in your life, you missed out on a lot of fun. Doodle is a popular game among children but it is equally entertaining for adults. In fact, it can become a great source of team bonding and breaking ice among colleagues. So, if you are tired of working and want some break from exhausting work life, you can try your hands on this board game that will spark a surge of new energy in you, and soon you will feel your mind getting detoxified.
Around 3 to 7 players can play this game where they communicate through drawings. All the players have to draw items according to the assigned number and each one then guesses what other players have drawn. Winning this game depends on two factors: guessing others’ drawings and clear communication. It is an uber interesting game that also sharpens critical thinking and imagination skills. So, if you feel your mind is detoxified due to overworking, then this game is the perfect solution for you. Try it and thank me later!
The work, work, and work mantra might sound very motivating when you are charged by the idea of gaining success in life. But let’s admit that no matter how motivated you are, you can’t work all the time because you are not a machine and have limited capacity. Your mind and body need a break to relax and enjoy some stressless time. Nothing can be better than playing interesting games that divert your mind, develop intellectual skills, and refuel your mind to take a new start to work with a new passion.
So, check out these mentioned interesting games and enter into their world to set your entangled mind free. Don’t let your work take a toll on your health. Work is important but not more than your physical and mental health. When work stresses you out, let games help you!