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Health Benefits of Playing Cards and Other Games

By Brandi Swieter 

National Card Playing Day on December 28 is the perfect time to get together with friends and play a round or two of some classics, such as rummy, war, crazy eights, or even go fish. The activity is more than just something to do to pass the time. Health benefits get provided when playing. 

Exercising Your Mind

In order for our minds to remain strong, we need to exercise them. Though regular exercise will help, puzzles, games, and mental activities that require the brain to focus and work hard are best. Playing card games is one way to exercise the mind and help with memory retention.

Reducing Symptoms of Depression

Depression hits hard in the winter. Known as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, people who experience this mood disorder need to find things to occupy their minds so their symptoms are not as strong. Sitting around the table playing cards with friends is a great way to combat symptoms. The activity boosts mood as well as encourages social interaction, both of which are ideal for limiting symptoms and helping people feel as normal as possible. Even playing a game of solitaire alone can help. 

De-Stressing After a Difficult Day

Stress takes its toll on the mind and body. People need to find an activity that helps them de-stress after a difficult day. Playing cards can do just that. When you're playing, you're focused on the rules of the game, the cards in hand, and the actions of others playing alongside you that helps you determine your next move. There is no space in the mind for other thoughts about the day and negative experiences that happened. 

Improving Hand-Eye Coordination and Other Skills

Hand-eye coordination gets enhanced while playing cards. The act of examining the cards, holding them in one hand, and using the other to lay one down all helps people improve this skill. It also helps with other skills as well, such as quickening the reflexes when shuffling and dealing and improving both fine and gross motor skills. 

On National Playing Card Day and any other time throughout the year, get together with friends or try a game alone for some major improvements in mental health and well-being. Just one game is all it takes to lift spirits and enhance wellness, especially after a particularly hard day. It's a great way to unwind and de-stress.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peachtree City, Ga.

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