In most video games, you will find some sort of health and mana or stamina indications. Some games use a bar system (HP and MP bar) and some heart vessels or circles or some sort of system.
We don't have such indications in our physical life. Our physical and mental health is so complex that I don't think a simple bar indication can do it justice. However, having the visual or using the concept to externalize our physical and mental state can be helpful to understand where we are and what needs to be done to make sure we cope with our life circumstances. It wouldn't be a perfect indication, but at least it gives us something to work on.
How is your mana/hp bar today? What do you need to gain full health again?
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There are 6 different need gauges (bladder, fun, hunger, social, energy, hygiene) in The Sims video game and the goal is to make sure we meet the needs of each need gauge.
Similar to the HP and MP indications post, this is another way to visualize where you are at the present and what you need. The 6 gauges aren't making sense to you? Again, why not make up your own need gauges that work for you?
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"I will do what I must to keep the balance" from the Star Wars - the Grey Jedi Code.
No, although this post is not about Star Wars, I like part of the grey Jedi code - which is to keep the balance. This is the continuation of previous posts on The Sims. There is this mood prism in the game mechanic that indicates the mood of your character. This prism is influenced by how well you meet your need gauges. It can go from green, yellow, orange to red. In real life, we can use the prism as an indicator of our general mood at the moment.
However, in life, as we know, it can be difficult, and sometimes impossible to keep all needs met. But we can try to balance the need gauges by meeting some of the needs and making sure some of the needs are not in their red zone. This way, our mood prisms will be able to maintain at yellow or green and minimize the negative effect on our quality of life.
Head over to @gamer.counsellor to read a good blog where he talks about video games and how to use them in real life. Check out his blog on gamercounsellor.com and learn how you too can use ideas from video games to gamify your life.