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Playing Solitaire and Other Mind Games

Playing Solitaire often takes me back to a time of my youth. I could not help being nostalgic because the person who introduced me to the actual card game when I was little is no longer around.

Long before the digital version of Solitaire was released, my Uncle taught me to play the card game. The elders played Solitaire to pass the time. We don’t have the luxury of the Internet like what we have now. The only entertainment we had then was outdoor games or watching television from our neighbor’s house.

My grandmother, at first, would not allow me to play Solitaire since she thought it was age-inappropriate. She would hide the cards so I would not be able to play them. When I was in college, a computer-related subject acquainted me again with Solitaire. Playing the game is convenient because I no longer need to shuffle and deal with cards.

Never Gets Old

Fast forward to the present, the adult person in me still plays online games. It entertains and relaxes me from the daily stresses at home. I consider it a mental exercise amid the pandemic.

Despite the existence of numerous online games now, I still prefer the less complicated ones. I play Solitaire from my mobile phone or laptop from solitaire.org. Dozens of free solitaire games are on the homepage. I play two variations, which are the easiest ones, the Classic Solitaire and Klondike

Anyone can play this old-school, challenging game of concentration and skill using a standard 52 deck of playing cards. The goal is to move a shuffled deck of cards into four Foundation stacks from Ace to King. The Ace is low in Classic Solitaire. The King is high. 

Mind Games

Besides Solitaire, you can find other fun online games like Pacman-inspired Cookie Monster and the Daily Word Search Game. The original Pacman maze action game was one of my favorites since 1985.

The classic arcade PacMan-inspired game let Cookie Monster eat pellets. The power pellet turns the ghosts into cookies. The arrow keys on your keyboard help you direct Cookie Monster.

I enjoyed the Daily Word Search because it exercises my brain as I look for the words. It improves my vocabulary as well. The number of words to search depends on the grid size. You can play one puzzle a day or go on as many as you can complete. 

The games are addicting because I can see my improvement over time makes me want to beat my old score.  

Brain Exercise

I’m only in my early 50s, but I’m already starting to be forgetful. By playing the word search puzzle online, I hope to improve my memory and concentration. Also, playing online games keeps me away from the digital drama on social media. 

Online games and other activities that exercise your brain helps you take care of your mental health. With what is going on around us, having something to get busy with helps us fight isolation.

Activities that Help Me Get Through Lockdown

Many people have discovered they have hidden talent or skills during the lockdown. Some learned they have wanted to bake, cook, play musical instruments, or sing. Others develop hobbies like gardening, painting, reading, and writing. And some pass away the time binging on movie series or playing games to entertain themselves. All these activities have helped us get through this time.

I have my list of favorite activities that cheer me up through the lockdown. 

Online games

Playing online games keeps my sanity from the daily stresses. When I get tired from doing the household chores, I rest a bit and grab my mobile phone to play with block puzzles. It is like a mental exercise to me when I need to focus on something important.

When I am sitting in front of the laptop, I would be playing a fight virus game. It is a hospital simulation game where you get to destroy the nasty COVID-19 virtually. Even if it is just a game, it feels like you are doing your share protecting hospital workers and patients against the virus. 

To play this, tap or click on the virus to disinfect the hospital environment. By destroying the virus, you keep the hospital staff and patients safe from the virus infection; tap patients (with heart signs) to help them recover more quickly. A meter in the lower-left corner illustrates the percentage of how infected the hospital is. The game is over if it reaches more than 70 percent.

Korean Dramas

South Korean dramas are popular among their Filipino audience. I started binge-watching Korean dramas in 2016, around the time I was recuperating from a medical procedure. Watching KDramas has kept me company from boredom, and I’m still hooked, until now. I was thankful for this streamlined series because I have learned many things about Korean culture and fashion.

What is good about KDramas is that the seasons are shorter, and soundtracks are appropriate to the theme and unforgettable, too, even if I do not understand the lyrics. The funny part is I get the hang of reading subtitles fast while catching on to the scenes.

I watched almost all KDrama genres: drama, romantic comedy, melodrama, action, thriller, horror-comedy. I have tons of still unwatched KDramas on my list.

Decluttering

It is the least of my favorite activities. However, decluttering has helped me lessen my anxiety and focus on other things. It is therapeutic.

I have started putting away old clothes, a stack of newspapers, old receipts, old school books, and paper books. I am planning to sell the newspapers and schoolbooks to the junkshop. I have a bit of a problem with old clothes. Hopefully, I could find a recycling shop that would accept the clothes.

The next project will be decluttering the kitchen.

Gardening

Planting is one of the activities that hubby and I share. We do not have many plants, but we are content to see them grow every day. Gardening helps ease our worries from day-to-day activities. We are not getting any younger, and a simple hobby like this is good for our mental and emotional health.

The activities may be simple but, they help me get through the lockdown.

How about you? What are your coping mechanisms all this time? What activities do you think have helped you refocus your priorities, how it helps your mental state? 

Fun games to play on your time off

If you are on your day off to look after the children, work part-time, or just generally want a way to pass the time, these top five fun games are great to play on your time off. With a wide array of online game categories, it is sometimes difficult to decide on what to play but this list should help you in making the right decision!

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1. Words with Friends can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store on your smartphone or play online on Facebook. This take on the popular game of Scrabble allows you to battle cross-platform against friends and as it is linked to your online game, it means you can get that triple word score whilst on-the-go. You score is only revealed after playing your move meaning you have to be careful not to miss out on a triple word score which could cost you your crown as king or queen of Words with Friends.

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2. Whether you are looking for arcade games, live casino games or Vegas slots, CasinoEuro.com games has it all. You can go from game to game finding your own personal favourites and whilst enjoying them, you get the added bonus that you may actually win some money in your free time. The improved social aspect of online casinos means that you can interact with other players making this a much more social and interactive way to spend your gaming time. An added bonus is that you are able to try the games out for free before you decide to play for money, meaning you can practice until near perfect and discover the most suited game for you.

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3. Candy Crush Saga is a new take on the classic and all-time favourite, Bejewelled; however, Candy Crush Saga, which is available on smartphones and Facebook, will take you to near breaking point. You will often find yourself being stuck on a level for weeks or even months whilst seeking help from a number of online forums with help and tips on how to complete the level. This sense of community felt by some frustrated gamers who groan at the latest challenging level only to post one month later with elation at having completed it, gives the feeling of, ‘we are all in this together’. The difficulty of this game is one of its addictive characteristics and brings out your competitive side as you can post on your friend’s Facebook wall when you beat their score on a specific level.

4. An extremely popular and fun game to play in your time off is FarmVille 2. After first starting out, you will be wondering what all the fuss is about, but soon you will find yourself constantly checking just to make sure your beautiful farm is thriving. A huge improvement on FarmVille 1, you can help friends who can in turn return the favour and you can watch as your farm, grows, develops and prospers in this easy to play yet extremely addictive game.

5. Angry Birds Friends brings an extra aspect to the competition as you face off against friends to become the top of your friends’ leader board. This world famous online game which is also available through the Google and Apple App Stores is a physics-based game. If you have not played this game before, now is the time to start as you use the abilities of different birds to destroy the pigs’ defences. Although this might sound like child’s play it certainly isn’t as each level offers a new challenge requiring logic, skill and power to overcome them.

A huge advantage of the above games is that you can play them whilst on the move meaning you can take them with you out of the office or home. Play the games above for an enjoyable, addictive and challenging experience, while feeling a sense of achievement once you have completed a level. The new integration of online games with in-play chat forums or linking it to your social media account, means that gaming has become a much more social affair and a new way to interact with friends and family.