Whether you are a hard working professional or a busy college student, every now and then you need to take some time to destress and have some fun. And that doesn’t always mean jumping into a research article from Dove Medical Press or working on your work presentation for next week. Instead, consider hitting a nearby bar or club that offers some of these classic gaming options. Not only can they be a great way to socialize, but they can also be a fun way to relieve some stress too.
When done socially, shooting pool can be very relaxing. Though the game does involve skill, concentration, and an understanding of geometry, it is also about hitting heavy objects into one another. If you give the game a try with a few friends and participate purely for fun, it can be a great way to forget the worries of the day for a little while. Just try not to get too competitive, or you may find yourself even more stressed than before.
Another bar staple that does involve some skill is darts. However, like pool, it can be very entertaining when planned solely for fun. First, you get to throw sharp, point objects, and that can be cathartic on its own. Second, it is generally a social game when played recreationally, so it provides the opportunity to chat with friends while you have some fun.
Some bars offer enlarged versions of the classic home game, Jenga. This is one that involves the tower of wooden pieces. Everyone has to take turns removing a piece and stacking it on the top, all without knocking the tower over. It’s a game that generally wouldn’t be played alone, and it can be fun to watch the whole thing come crashing down when the time finally comes.
While bowling isn’t a bar game in a traditional sense, most bowling alleys offer adult beverages just like a traditional bar does. And, as far as stress relief, bowling can be a great choice to relieve some aggression. The game can be somewhat physical, so it is great for burning off anxious energy. And the act of knocking down the pins can be quite invigorating.
Against popular belief, you don’t need to be a great singer to enjoy karaoke. Instead of choosing options with complex vocals, select options that don’t necessarily require you to carry a tune. For example, Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping is a classic bar song that isn’t complex. It is also great for a group performance, so, if you don’t want to jump up on stage alone, consider giving it a try.
Other classic options include Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks, Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus, 500 Miles by the Proclaimers, and Self Esteem by The Offspring.
There are a wide range of other options that can be just as appropriate as the ones above. The important part is to pick an option that feels fun to you and enjoy yourself. Just make sure that you don’t overdo the drinks, especially if you have work or class the next day, and always arrange for a designated driver if you are going to partake. Otherwise, the occasional night out might do you some good, especially if you find yourself fighting more stress than usual. So grab your friends and see where the night takes you. You might be thanking yourself for the break by morning.