Games That Reduce Anxiety

I feel like everyone gets a little anxious every now and then. Especially now that we have the holidays coming up, you may feel like things are pressuring you more than normal. Luckily, we have video games to help us relive some stress. Some people may find that classic titles with lots of violence just don’t help them get their nerves out like they need. This is where these relaxing titles come in. These games are made to pour hours into without making you want to break your controller. So pour yourself a cup of tea and get ready to load up some chilled out game modes.


Yonder is known for being one of the most relaxing games ever made. The game is made without combat or tense situations. It is impossible to get irritated with this game if you’re looking for a calming experience. The game also has a beautiful soundtrack made for its exploration elements. The island of Gemea is yours to explore and farm on as you relax from the long days spent at work. There’s plenty of quests to pick up from all over the island.

This game is great if you’re just the type of person who enjoys discovering new things. The whole point behind most of the items you find is to help you collect sprites. By collecting sprites, you open new paths and places to explore across the island. If you get bored of that though, you can switch to trying to befriend all the creatures on the island. The game doesn’t make any tasks overly hard and gives you a lot to choose from so you won’t get bored easily.


Creative mode in Minecraft allows you to do almost anything you want in the game. The game features a menu where you can spawn in any of the game’s items. This means you can build a dream castle without worrying about an army of creepers trying to destroy it. You can also take in the relaxing soundtrack if you decide you just want to fly around and take in the scenery in your world. This is also one of the few games on this list you can bring in a few good friends to play with.

Minecraft is a very repetitive game that you can play absent-mindedly while listening to music. A lot of people even end up setting goals such as creating a Minecraft version of their favorite game level. They will do this so they have a goal to work towards for several weeks at a time. If you have a team of friends, it’s pretty fun to coordinate and build different parts to get it done even quicker. If you don’t like that, then just make whatever comes to mind and fill a world up with whatever you want. You can even spend this downtime to make a special map for a survival mode. This way when you want a little more difficulty in your life you will be all set with a fun experience

Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon has always been a rather strange franchise in relation to other games on the market. This is because since it released on the SNES, it hasn’t featured combat or been filled with puzzles you have to overcome to progress. Instead, you give all that up for a repetitive style of gameplay where you perform day-to-day tasks to keep your farm running. The system also focuses on you getting married and building relationships with some of the townsfolk. All in all, Harvest Moon will never have you doing anything too stressful.

Harvest Moon is great for reducing anxiety because it will have you focus on in-game tasks instead of what’s going on in the world around you. This means that instead of worrying about deadlines, you’ll be worried about if you fed your cow or not. If you don’t feel like farming for money, you can even just walk around and forge items to sell. The game has several different ways to make money depending on the season and always has a relaxing setting. If you feel like taking a break from farming, you can even take part in trying to win the heart of one of the bachelors.

Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing is a game that focuses on you paying a debt back to a raccoon. This may sound like a weird concept but in all honesty, it’s pretty fun. The game will have you foraging for items and doing activities like fishing in order to raise enough money to pay off your house. Every time you pay off a portion your house, you can choose to upgrade it and make it bigger. This gives the game a lot of replay value and sets the stage for you to have many weeks of enjoyment out of it.

In Animal Crossing, you can even get to be pretty good friends with the other townsfolk. It’s a very leisurely experience and you can now even play on your mobile phone with Pocket Camp. This is one of the other games on the list that you can invite your friends over to play. There isn’t much to do however other than going to an island where you can grab items that sell for a pretty penny. You can, however, decorate your house nicely and show it off. Pretty much the whole point of the game is making a home that you dream of for your character to live in.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley is a game similar to Harvest Moon. In this game you inherit a farm and leave your busy city life and live on it. On this farm, you will start to learn how to raise animals and harvest crops. You will also start to learn about the townspeople and build relationships with them. This is the only game on this list that features any type of combat. The combat, however, is totally optional. That means you can completely skip over if you wish or if you’re ever in the mood for a little bit more action you can head to the mines, where you can fight monsters.

This game is for a different type of relaxing than Harvest Moon’s in my opinion. It features a lot more story elements and focuses on developing the characters of the town. There is also some storylines and decisions that you can make choices on that will affect how things go. For example, you can choose to either help the town sprites or sell the town off to the Jaja Corporation.

Jessica has been working with the gaming industry for about two years now. She enjoys playing quirky Japanese games and learning about the newest trivia in the industry. When not working with games you may find her chilling with her naked cat Prince Noko... he's pretty cool we guess.