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July: Exercise, Nutrition and Sleep

This July, our monthly theme is shifting to the trio of exercise, nutrition and sleep.

We know that these three things, when kept in check, can give us a boost in our mental wellbeing. But how can we use games as a vehicle to learn healthier habits?

This month, we’re going to be exploring the concepts of how games can promote healthy living, both physically and mentally. Through game highlights, podcast discussions, articles, resources, analogies and more, we’re going to work through it together.

And we’ve got a hell of a schedule waiting for you! Take a look.

Here are just some of the things you’ll be seeing from us this month:

Making video game foods with Rosie and Sky [Stream] – we’re going to be tackling the fan favourite butterscotch cinnamon pie from Undertale, and it will be chaos.

Games highlights

Gaming for Good with Karla Reyes [Podcast]

A Fairer Games Industry with Rami Ismail [Podcast]

Nature for Wellbeing Exclusive Partner Training

DIGIPRIDE Panel with Gayming Magazine

How VR breathing game DEEP helps with sleep, anxiety and long-COVID

Finding Balance: Can a person in ED recovery participate in exercise and focus on eating a healthy diet?

Planned vs impulsive behavior with Paul Fletcher [Podcast]

Transferring virtual care to in real life self-care using concepts from The Sims

 

So, stay tuned, keep talking, and most importantly, stay Safe In Our World.

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News

Staying Positive During Lockdown

Lockdowns and restrictions are in place across the world, and it can be hard to stay positive; but it’s important to know where support can be found if you’re struggling.

As the situation surrounding COVID-19 is changing, we recognise it can be stressful and confusing. The team at Safe In Our World have created some useful tips, tricks, and games that have helped them to stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve changed my routine so I do the horses in the morning rather than after work – it’s made quite a difference to how I feel!”

Kim, Trustee

Try to stay connected to people; whether it’s having weekly catch up calls with loved ones, visiting your favourite streaming channels/chat forums or spending time with your household.

“Each morning Sarah and I have a 10am coffee catch up, like we would do in the office. It’s a nice start to the day, and normalises working from home.”

Rosie, Charity Officer

Talk about your worries and how you’re feeling. Sharing your concerns with trusted people can lift a weight off your shoulders. There are a number of helplines available here if you’re not comfortable talking with people you know.

“Doing exercise during the morning or day is so much better than at night. Food is important too – don’t always opt for the sugary snacks.”

Leo, Chair & Trustee

 

“I’ve finally started doing a lunchtime workout a few times a week, just 15 minutes to get my blood pumping. Great for a midday energy boost!”

Beth, Web/Social Team

It’s important to be correctly informed regarding the ongoing situation, so ensure you’re reading from credible sources, such as the NHS website. Inaccurate information is easily spread, and can lead people to panic.

“I make sure I get a walk in every day (even when I don’t fancy it) just to get some fresh air. I live near a canal, so it’s nice to see some wildlife too.”

Sarah, Charity Officer

Look after your sleep – a good nights rest can make a huge impact on your physical and emotional health. Try to create a sleeping pattern you can stick to, to ensure you have a calm enviroment to wind down in.

“I’ve tried mixing in game communities more, with more social games. Not drinking as much caffeine and sugar has also had good effects on my anxiety.”

Jake, Charity Assistant

Recommended games during the lockdown: 

Playne

ABZÛ

A Short Hike

Persona 5

Meadow

Kind Words

Animal Crossing

Journey

No Man’s Sky

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Covid 19

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