Respawn & Recharge: Gaming for Social Self Care

What is Social Self Care

Social self care is the connections that you form and nurture with other people. Taking again from Stoewen DL, the social dimension of self care is the” Maintaining healthy relationships, enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you” and the contribution to community. 

Key Elements of Social Self Care


  1. Building and Nurturing Relationships:

    • Actively cultivating and maintaining meaningful connections with friends, family, and other social circles.
    • Investing time and energy in relationships that are supportive, positive, and fulfilling.
  2. Setting Boundaries:

    • Establishing and communicating clear boundaries in relationships to ensure a healthy balance between social interactions and personal space.
    • Recognizing when to say no to social commitments to avoid feelings of overwhelm or burnout.
  3. Effective Communication:

    • Developing strong communication skills to express thoughts, feelings, and needs clearly and assertively.
    • Listening actively and empathetically to others, fostering deeper connections.
  4. Community Engagement:

    • Participating in community activities, events, or groups to connect with like-minded individuals.
    • Contributing to community well-being through volunteer work or collaborative projects.
  5. Conflict Resolution:

    • Addressing conflicts in a constructive and respectful manner to maintain healthy relationships.
    • Seeking resolution and understanding rather than harboring resentment.
  6. Celebrating Achievements:

    • Sharing and celebrating personal and collective achievements with others.
    • Acknowledging and supporting the accomplishments of friends and loved ones.
  7. Quality Time:

    • Prioritizing quality time with friends and family, whether through shared activities, meals, or simply spending time together.
    • Being present in the moment during social interactions.
  8. Self-Compassion:

    • Practicing self-compassion and understanding in social situations, allowing for self-care even in social settings.
    • Being mindful of one's social needs and taking steps to meet them.
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Social Self Care and Games

When friendships are thriving, they feel easy. You feel revitalized after spending time with them and know at its core, the friendship is true. It is these kinds of friendships that should be a part of our social self care routine. The friendships where you connect and can chat about anything, everything, and nothing. 

Games of all types are a great building block for these types of friendships. In the beginning, you instantly have a common interest on which to build the friendship: games! You can also use games as an excuse to get together with friends and further explore and build friendships each week. 

What is even better, the more times you meet together over games, the more memories, inside jokes, and laughter you will come across. Ultimately, games are fun (for those who love games) and getting together to do something fun is an easy sell to new and old friends alike. 

Social self care recognizes that human connection is a fundamental aspect of well-being and that investing in positive social relationships contributes significantly to overall mental and emotional health. It involves fostering a supportive social environment that enhances personal growth, resilience, and a sense of community. Check out the benefits of gaming as social self care: 

Stress Relief:

  • Engaging in gaming serves as a stress-relief mechanism, offering a break from daily pressures.
  • The immersive nature of games provides an escape and a chance to recharge socially.

Positive Social Outlets:

  • Gaming provides an avenue for positive social interactions, countering feelings of loneliness or isolation.
  • Online or offline, the gaming community offers support, encouragement, and a sense of belonging.

Face-to-Face Interaction:

  • In-person gaming facilitates direct, real-time interactions, fostering a deeper sense of connection and camaraderie among participants.
  • The ability to see facial expressions, gestures, and reactions adds a layer of communication that may be missed in online interactions.

Building Stronger Relationships:

  • Playing games together creates shared experiences, which can strengthen bonds and create lasting memories.
  • Many in-person games encourage teamwork, cooperation, and strategizing, promoting a sense of unity among players.

Communication Skills:

  • In-person gaming encourages verbal communication, helping individuals practice and improve their communication skills.
  • Regular social interactions through gaming can contribute to increased social confidence and comfort in group settings.
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Gamer's Path and Social Self Care

In-person gaming at Gamer's Path offers a unique and enjoyable avenue for social self care, providing a range of benefits that contribute to overall well-being. In-person gaming offers a dynamic and interactive way to engage in social self care. The combination of shared experiences, direct communication, and the joy of play contributes to a sense of community, emotional well-being, and strengthened social connections. Here are some of the benefits of in-person gaming at Gamer's Path for social self care: 

  • Community and Social Circles:
    • In-person gaming often involves participation in local gaming communities or events, providing opportunities to meet like-minded individuals.
    • Gaming can bring together people from various backgrounds and interests, expanding social circles
  •  Celebration and Fun:
    • In-person gaming often creates a lighthearted and joyful atmosphere, contributing to a positive and enjoyable social experience.
    • Achievements within the game, big or small, can be celebrated together, fostering a sense of accomplishment.

Gamer’s Path is a friendly local game store - and as such, we love getting to be a part of a wonderful community that supports each other and supports the building of these friendships! Being a place to meet others, to play games, and to relax is important to us and helps us to make meaningful choices for the store. We love being a positive place for building friendships and engaging in social self care. Check back in with us next week to learn about games and emotional self care. 

Social Self Care

So there you have it... Reason #1 for playing games - It is a form of social self care that can build lasting friendships, memories, and connections along side improved communication skills and positive social outlets

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