Mental Health Benefits to an Outdoor Adventure Game

Mental Health
It’s no secret that outdoor adventure games can have a positive impact on mental health. But did you know that adventure games specifically can have some great mental health benefits for your wellbeing? Here are four ways that adventure games can improve your mental health:

1.Reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Adventure games require the team member to be constantly active and engaged, which can help to distract from negative thoughts and emotions. In addition, the creative element of adventure games can help to boost confidence and self-esteem particularly when part of a team. Each stop on an adventure drive has engaging missions that require full attention. Team members must problem-solve and make decisions in a virtual world.  This can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety because it gives team members feel a sense of control over their environment and their own lives.  For example, in our Ghost Outing Burlington Heights, a team must submit a video of the chant, motto or song they would use if confronted by a ghost.  Just the laughs alone reduce stress and anxiety, apart from the above benefits.

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2. Express Your True Self

Adventure games have been shown to improve mental health by allowing team members to express their true selves with increased self-esteem and self-compassion. In addition, they also had increased feelings of social connectedness. By providing an outlet for players to express themselves, mental health can be improved. When players are able to express themselves, they feel more confident and competent. In addition, they are able to connect with other players on a deeper level. This connection can help reduce anxiety and promote a sense of social connectedness.  Many of the video challenges in our adventure games require the group to work together creatively to express their resolve or their fears. By putting each member in a context of support and mutual trust, they can easily express who they really are.

3. Goal based missions explore strengths

Outdoor adventure games often require players to work together in order to complete various goal-oriented missions. This can help to explore the strengths and weaknesses of each team member and can ultimately lead to a greater sense of camaraderie and cooperation. Additionally, the sense of achievement that comes from completing these missions can be very beneficial for mental health.  There are many opportunities throughout the adventure for team members to not only participate but to demonstrate something that they do very well. It could be a photo, or text response or simply good navigation.  With over 20 diverse challenges for each adventure, everyone can shine at something.
When a team finally defeats the ghost at the end of the adventure, they receive a certificate of accomplishment.  Each team also receives a second achievement prize that they can share online.  Prizing and certificates add another layer of self-esteem and confidence to every team.

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4. Improve cognitive function and memory

Adventure experiences can improve cognitive function and memory in a number of ways. First, they can provide a new and stimulating environment which can help to keep the mind active and engaged. A Ghost Adventure is a new concept in teamwork and each challenge is designed to promote creative thinking “out of the box.”

Second, adventure can help to build new skills and knowledge, which can in turn help to improve memory and cognitive function. Team members must recall information from previous experiences and engage in activities they have never done before. A new context creates a new way to apply skills and when it is fun, it helps the entire process.

So next time you’re feeling down, why not go on an adventure game and see if it can help boost your mood? You might be surprised at the results!