Category Archives: Health + Wellness

Rant of the Day: Episode 3: Trolls!

We have had this happen before in the past, all of us have. We get online, run a dungeon and run into the biggest suckiest person around. But truth be told there is nothing you can do or say to make them stop. In fact I had an issue with a troll a few days ago and the conversation greatly discouraged me. He spent a dungeon badmouthing my healing capability’s. I almost quite playing for a while because of this action. So I went online and did some more research on the topic. Yes, I fueled the fire. But I learned from it as well. With some help from other positive players I was able to come back from it, and was much more improved at not only healing but handling those kinds of situations.

So remember next time your trolled try just ignoring them. Let it go. Try to ascertain if they are making a legitimate claim or if they are just just being jerks. Some people come off the worst way when they try to give advice. Try to see if there is something you can do to improve your gameplay if that is what it is regarding. But the most important thing IMO. NEVER let this kind of action/talk bother you. Don’t let them make your ragequit. Who cares about what a troll has to say?

For more information on preventative & proactive actions follow the link below
MMO Play: How to handle trolls?

The Gamer Parent

I’m a gamer. There’s no doubt about that. But I have kids. You know what that means? That means I balance time between work, family, and games(Plus this blog). This isn’t easy. But there is a good way to do this and a proper way to balance it.

Tip 1: Wait for the kids to go to bed. This is probably one of the most effective ways to balance the time. This way, you get time to yourself and you don’t have to worry about getting interupted.

Tip 2: Spend time with the kids and your spouse(if you aren’t single). This is important. If you are consistently spending time with your family, and helping out around the house the likely hood of them having an issue with you playing is likely to be reduced. I highly encourage this.

Tip 3: Fairness. Do I need to explain? So there was a point in my life were I would play games all day and most of the night. I wouldn’t stop and would rarely lift a finger to help someone with something becuase I was always in the middle of something. But it should be fair. Your spouse, or whoever is watching the kid needs a chance to relax and have time to themselves. Parenting is not a one way thing if your married, and shouldn’t be that way.

Tip 4: If you are going to play while watching your kid…Play something you can pause or is low impact and won’t be affected by constraints. AKA Crafting if your playing an MMO.

This is my current list of tips for being a parent and gaming. If you have other tips to share please comment below. Thanks for reading, have a nice day guys.

Healthy Clean Habits For the Family Gamer

So your sitting at your computer or couch with chips on your chest.  You smell like BO, and you finally decide it’s time to clean up.  In fact, maybe you haven’t cleaned the house in weeks.  Some of this is cliche.  Not all gamers have issues with taking care of themselves or keeping their habitat clean.  However, here are a couple of ideas to help with that.

1.  Set a Date and Time to do your cleaning

So lets say you get home from work every day and you don’t feel like doing dishes, or cleaning your bedroom, or etc.  Take a sticky note, piece of paper and put it up against your monitor or tv screen.  Make a note that you are going to take care of your own housekeeping at a certain time.  Stick too it.  Make sure you clean at least 2 times a week.  This should help with that clutter immensely.

2.  Rinse off your dishes

Remember those days when your mother, or significant other would come up to you and say.  “Please don’t forget to rinse out your dishes”  This is something that I have heard for years.  But the truth is that if you regularly rinse off your dishes you will avoid that funky residue smell and you are going to have an easier time cleaning when it comes time.

2.  Clean Regularly

So while your waiting to enter a dungeon or waiting for your friends to come on.  Why not take the time and clean up?  It only makes sense that you do it while your waiting.  So take the time, clean that room, take a quick shower (Especially if there is a long way to go).

Summary

The point of this is not to say that all gamers are slobs.  The truth is that there are certainly clean people, lazy people and people who just don’t care.  But if you need to clean, and it is good to clean.  Than clean and take care of business while you still have the chance to do it, and while it’s not out of control.  It’s just a good idea.

 

Late Night Family Time, Article Via Huffington Post

A recent article from the Huffington Post caught my eye.  This article has little to do with gaming, but for those who game and have a family it could be a healthy excercise.  Especially since many gamers are night owls.

When my son was born I never slept.  I spent late nights tending to him until 3 in the morning.  It was a rough time for me, and I only recieved 3-4 hours of sleep a night.  This made finding good work hard, keeping up with school assignments hard, and I wasn’t able to stay positive enough to stay motivated.  But this article kind of opened up another perspective for me.  Late night adventures, and exploration.  Midnight snacks, and the thought of using this as bonding time with the family.  I can see how this would have a good impact on a family’s health.

Tonight, I’m going to talk with my wife to see if this is something we could do.  Thank you for posting this huffington post.

For more information follow the link:  Huffington Post

 

Do Gamers Get Enough Sleep?

Do core gamers get enough sleep? I asked myself that around 1:00 Oclock in the morning over the course of the past couple of days. The answer…Absolutely not. I wake up every morning at 6:00 AM get ready and play Diablo 3, leave for work at 7:30 AM. Get home around 5:00 PM, take care of a couple of errands. Start playing again around 6:00 PM. From 6:00PM – 1:00 AM I am playing games. Head to bed around 1:00 after changing the babies diaper, and repeat the process.

So this looks like the scattered life of a game addict. I try to balance this as well as spend time with my family and god forbid, eat. Yea, I do eventually need sustinance. So we all know that sleep deprivation is bad, but how bad is it and is it worth spend that extra 3 hours on a raid. Lets see.

10 Effects of Sleep Deprivation: Found from Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

1. Sleepiness Causes Accidents

Sleepiness causes accidents.  This comes to me as no surprise.  That woozy feeling you get when you are overly tired.  That’s bad!  For example, “The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigue is a cause in 100,000 auto crashes and 1,550 crash-related deaths a year in the U.S. The problem is greatest among people under 25 years old” -Web MD.  With these kinds of figures one could assume that it was the equivalent of drinking and driving.  This feeling of sleepiness means you need some sleep.

2.  Sleep Loss Dumbs You Down

Sleep loss effects your thinking.  This includes but is not limited to:  Inability to focus, reason, problem solve, reduces reaction times, etc.  This means what?  If you keep losing on that raid or dungeon and can’t progress maybe you should just go to sleep.  Staying up and exhausting yourself does not make you better, it actually makes these long raids more difficult.  From a gamers point of view.  This is the worst.  Sleep loss destroys performance.  Get some sleep you late night raid monsters.

3.  Serious Health Issues

Health issues like:  Heart Disease, Heart attack, Heart Failure, Irregular Heartbeat, High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Diabetes.  These are the ones that have been listed but I have even heard of some gamers suffering from Kidney Failure and Coma.  Yes, this does happen.  Lack of sleep will destroy you both physically and psychologically.

4.  Kills Sex Drive

All of those late night raids on WoW destroyed you physically.  Well guess what, you probably aren’t gettin any.  Not that you wanted it with how exhausted you are.

5.  Sleepiness is Depressing

If you are sleeping less than six hours of sleep every night than you are more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety.  Both of which can severely impact your daily life, and social life.  Don’t be a victim of this.  Get out of the rut, wake up and go to bed.  It’s optimal to get 7-8 hours of sleep.  6 is a minimum.

6.  Lack of Sleep Ages your…Skin

Seriously, if you don’t sleep you start to look older.  When you don’t get enough sleep your body produces Cortisol which breaks down the proteins that make your skin smooth and beautiful.  The lack of sleep also causes the body to produce too little hormone required for growth.  It actually can stunt growth.  So be careful when kids are staying up late, if they are waking up early it can effect their growth.

7.  Sleepiness makes you forget

You may not believe it, but I forget either way.  My wife believes that I am the forget master.  But being tired does encourage the memory loss master.  You are more likely to forget about things if you are tired.  Getting sleep and eating a healthy breakfast will improve your ability to think and remember.

8.  Losing sleep can make you fat

The reasoning for this is due to an increase in appetite.  When we don’t sleep much we have a tendency to eat more.  This applies to those who have slept less than 6 hours.  This is followed by a craving for high-fat, high-carbohydate foods.  Some believe that good sleep should be a standard part of weight loss programs.

9.  Doubles the risk of death

Nuff said.  I don’t think there is much more I can say about this.  Other than, remember all those things I told you earlier.  Everything is more likely to kill you while you are tired.  Sleep!  Please.

10.  Sleep loss impairs judgement about when we should sleep

This happens to me when I stay up too late.  You want to sleep but feel like you can’t sleep.  This is problematic.  You need to sleep so you can sleep.  Simple as that.

So what we learn today is that sleep plays a big role in our life.  I’m going to test myself and I’m going to start focusing on getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep from this point on.  I will begin posting weekly updates on my health and how I have started feeling since getting good nights sleep.
If you have any comments or questions please comment below.  I would love to hear your thoughts, and opinions.