Mental Health & Wellbeing
The 24 hour curriculum on Glaisdale Unit
Playing board games entertains and brings people together through competitive and cooperative gameplay. However, board games offer a lot more than just entertainment. Here’s some of the other benefits:
1) Have fun and feel good. One of the effects of playing board games is laughter and it has be found out that this increases endorphins. This chemical in our body is known to elevate the feeling of happiness.
2) Memory formation and cognitive skills. The areas of the brain that are responsible for complex thought and memory formation are the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These parts most benefits when playing board games.
3) Reduces risks for mental diseases. Playing board games, keeps your mind engaged, exercising it and building it stronger. And it’s good to note that stronger brain has lower risks of cognitive decline.
4) Lowers blood pressure. As playing board games effects to laughing and endorphins, these things can help lower or maintain blood pressure.
5) Reduce stress. According to an online survey by RealNetworks, Inc., 64% of the respondents said they play games to unwind and relax, whilst 53% play to relieve stress.
In addition to playing board games, we took a trip in the sunshine - making the most of our local scenery.