Virtual Reality Game Will Help With Anxiety Attacks
Anxiety is an issue we all suffer from to some extent. However, some of us are good at managing it while others fall victim to anxiety attacks during pressure situations.
Such people use different medication, yoga, and many other forms of treatments to deal with their problem. But probably the most unique way of controlling anxiety is “Deep.” Going deep below the sea in a calm relaxing environment.
Don’t worry, sharks won’t attack as you’re not actually going in the sea. Deep is actually a virtual reality game developed to have calming effects on anxiety patients.
The game uses deep breathing exercises combined with immersive visuals and sound to calm and relax user. A belt will be strapped around your body to help determine your inhaling and exhaling pattern, which will make you rise and fall rhythmically in the virtual sea.
The game is created by Owen Harris who himself suffered from anxiety and depression. Here’s what the official website says about him and his creation.
When the Oculus Rift first came out, Owen began making a personal meditation aid to help him in his practice. Like many people, Owen has suffered from anxiety and bouts of depression. For the last 15 years, he has used meditation and breathing techniques to help manage these problems. He sought to create a digital zen garden, a place he could escape to at the end of a tough day to unwind and relax.
That’s where Deep comes-in with the following features:
- A new experience
- Learn ancient breathwork techniques
- Alleviate anxiety and mild depression
- Manage stress
- Audiovisual feast for the senses
- Digital Zen garden
One of the people who tried the game was Christos Reid, the developer behind Hug Marine. Here’s what he has to say on twitter:
Just experienced Deep by @TheAllThing. VR ocean exploration powered by your breathing. Tried it, then we cried and hugged. Amazing.
— Christos Reid (@failnaut) October 29, 2014
There have been games like this before that have relaxing effects on players. But VR brings so much to the table. The immersive experience plays a key role and helps players with their anxiety issues.