With the threat of terrorist attacks in the news almost daily, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to play video games during your recovery period from an illness or injury. After all, we all know that a day can come when we feel weak and compromised and games are fun and good for exercise. But maybe you shouldn’t be playing them during this time. Find out what the expert has to say below.
“There is some controversy over whether or not one should be playing games during a lockdown situation. Many professionals believe that games help individuals prepare for difficult situations by simulating what would happen if they were locked out of the house. Since most lockdowns occur after natural disasters and major catastrophes, many authorities do agree that it is a good idea for people to prepare for possible emergencies by playing simulation games.”
Dr. Steven Hendlin, director of emergency services at the American Medical Security Association, cautions against playing video games during lockdowns. “I’m not an expert on this topic,” he admits, “but I can say that there is some truth to the theory that playing games during lockdowns is a bad idea. The problem is that most people don’t spend enough time actually playing these games.” However, he adds that games in general are a good way for people to cope during times of stress and challenge.
If you’re going to play games during a lockdown, make sure you prepare yourself mentally. Put the phone down, turn off the computer and get into a comfortable chair. And while you’re there, read a few books to try to distract yourself from the reality of the situation. By the time you’ve reached your bedtime, hopefully the entire scenario will have become somewhat familiar.
One of the keys to getting through a lockdown is knowing what numbers are available to you and what lines of communication are open to you. If you know the officers are monitoring the situation, then make sure you use their number to call home and tell them you’re not feeling well and need to take it easy until they return. If you have to use the intercom, try to pick a number that’s several digits away from the one your house is connected to. A missed call from the lockdown line will probably send the authorities to your house instead of yours.
Most modern locking mechanisms now also allow for video communication. This means you can play some games on the lockdown phone line while you’re stuck inside. You can also talk to family members or friends who are safely home via the intercom.
To avoid boredom while you’re stuck in a lockdown, don’t forget your ray-gun, first aid kit and other items that you may have in the house. Also, before you leave the house, check your home’s security system to see if there are any false alarms. If there are, turn them off and keep them away from your house. Also, consider changing your batteries at least twice a day to make sure you’re always prepared.
During a lockdown situation, one of the best things you can do is to play games. Don’t worry about whether you have to go on TV or remain Internet-based. Both options will work fine. The important thing is that you keep yourself busy so that you stay mentally engaged with the situation. If you can do that, then your chances of staying out of the lockdown will be much higher.
In order for your kids to be entertained, you’ll need to come up with some games of your own. For example, you can play educational games and trivia games to entertain them. You can also play musical chairs or team building activities. However, it’s important that you don’t come up with activities that are too childish because they might distract your kids from the true purpose of the lockdowns: to learn and prepare.
During this time, you have to help your kids focus on the present situation. Even if you’re doing everything to keep them entertained, chances are they’re still going to be distracted by what’s going on around them. So encourage them to think about the current situation while playing games that teach them to think independently.
It’s also a good idea to let your kids use their cellphones (with encryption technology) during this period. This will help them remember to call you during the lockdown. During this time, you can call them using your cell phone and have an emergency prepared if any of these events takes place: a fire, flood, emergency road assistance, and more. With the right skills, there is no reason that you can’t take full control of your child’s environment during a lockdown.