Completely happy Physique Completely happy Mind – Psychological Well being Advantages of Digital Actuality
This is not news to most people. Exercise has a huge and lasting impact on mental health. Getting up and moving the body fluctuates with dopamine, adrenaline, endorphins and endocannabinoid. These chemicals induce feelings of happiness, joy and relaxation and act as our natural antidepressants.
Virtual reality also has a positive effect on the brain. When VR technology was first released there were some initial concerns. Doctors and scientists believed that virtual reality could damage our brains. Further research conducted and tests completed have shown that virtual reality is GOOD for the old noggin. VR is used to treat many different conditions, such as anxiety and PTSD, and has helped people recover from strokes.
Without question, not only is exercising with virtual reality good for shrinking your waistline, but it also combats mental health issues. For myself, I can personally relate to the physical and mental effects of VR.
I used to be extremely depressed, my fear went through the roof and at times my mind seemed to work against me. Getting out of bed was a chore. Committing to anything would send me on a downward spiral. I didn’t go out, I didn’t do anything. To wallow in depression, watch TV (which has its own negative drawbacks, mentally and physically), and eat to feel “better”. This led to an increase in my weight and a decrease in my happiness.
I would also spend money to feel better. One of my purchases was an Oculus Rift for my PC. I had no idea where this was going, I just knew it was fun. I played different games and soon fell in love with Beat Saber. As I played shortly after waking up every morning, I noticed an increase in my daily productivity. I didn’t sit around watching TV all day anymore. I started going outside more. Making commitments to people and projects was no longer the daunting task it once was. I felt different, I felt better.
What do the experts say?
My experiences are purely anecdotal, so I’ll give in to the experts instead of thinking about how “great” I feel since I started using VR fitness as an almost daily routine.
Virtual reality exercises affect the brain that traditional training lacks. VR immerses you in a game and you focus on the experience, not the pain. You can push harder, longer, and further than usual with your exercise routine just because your brain is focused on the fun, not the funk.
When you wear a VR headset, 80% of your brain is focused on visual pathways. This leaves the mental ability to focus on other elements far less and you deceive yourself to achieve an athletic level of determination and willpower. (Virtual Reality News)
According to a study by the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis, the psychological benefits of virtual reality exercises have some validity. During their study, they used 5 people who were suffering from various mental health problems. They found that 4 of the 5 participants in their study had a positive impact using virtual reality exercises.
Of the five studies that looked at the effects of VR exercise on participants’ anxiety and depression-related outcomes, four reported significant improvements in outcomes associated with these disorders, such as: B. less tiredness and tension as well as more energy and joy. (National Health Institutes of the US National Library of Medicine)
The future of mental health
The benefits of virtual reality are not just limited to movement. With virtual reality, a new type of “exposure therapy” has been developed. When participants suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are placed in a similar situation that caused their trauma, they can virtually manage the stress.
Combat veterans were some of the first to be used during these studies, and found that more than 90% of participants were able to come off their medication. Now this therapy can be applied to a wide variety of other people struggling with PTSD outside of Combat Veterans.
This therapy puts the person in a virtual experience of what caused their trauma. A therapist sits with them while they experience what is happening. You can talk to them about what they are feeling and experiencing. This gives the person a chance to see when they are entering a state of panic or anxiety so that they can get the tools to calm themselves down. This is a breakthrough in the treatment of PTSD.
Virtual reality also has some wonderful relaxation benefits. There are many experiences available in virtual reality that are designed to help you relax, meditate, and step outside of yourself. Not everyone has access to mountain trails, pristine rivers, or quiet places. In the modern world, it is difficult to find a quiet place to truly achieve zen relaxation.
Virtual reality opens the door to these worlds and gives people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to turn off the world! Even if only for half an hour, the benefits are very real and tangible.
Healthy body / mind
Based on my personal experience and clinical research, there is no doubt that virtual reality has amazing brain and body benefits. It is just the beginning of allowing you to exercise without focusing on “sucking”. Virtual reality gives the brain a break from itself.
VR therapy and exercise are just the tip of the iceberg in this new frontier of health benefits. See for yourself what the experts have to say. If you have the chance to try virtual reality for yourself, you’ll see what the hype is about. Virtual reality is changing the way people heal from within and without.
Without my experience in virtual reality, I would not be where I am today. I am losing weight and feeling great. I encourage everyone to try this for themselves so that they can enjoy the lasting benefits that I have.
VR experiences to try out!
With all the experiences, there are a couple of absolute must-haves for those looking for a nice, relaxing experience. I mentioned Beat Saber above, but there are many more resources out there for a relaxing journey into the virtual world.
Real VR fishing is a great way to sit back and enjoy the tranquility that comes with fishing. You can now play with a friend, which is a nice addition, but if you really want to immerse yourself in the relaxation, you can play alone. Put your feet up and relax in the sun while you catch fish. There is no better way to relax in the real world than fishing. The virtual version gives the best of the experience without having to get up at 5 a.m. and deal with mosquitos.
Tripp is a guided meditation experience that focuses on the breath work and allows you to take a relaxing “journey” in your own mind. It was developed using real science that will guide you on the path to enlightenment. There are mini-games and daily reflections to keep you coming back time and time again, and of course, they’re all designed for peace and quiet. (Pun intended)
Guided meditation, as the name suggests, is another guided meditation experience. This one is offered by steam and has many different environments to help you get to that zen place to relax. There is even a mode that lets you soar through the different landscapes and experiences. This really helps in getting into chill mode. Guided meditation allows you to take a virtual vacation, and it is during these times that we all need a vacation from our troubles.
Do you have favorite VR games that you use for relaxation? Let us know in the comments below.
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