Like so many others, I have fallen prey to the addictive game of Candy Crush! What a time burner!! Yet, I still find myself playing just to see if I can escape the growing chocolate, or move on to another exciting level. This game has taken me as its hostage! I find myself asking hubs to drive when we go out just so I can play in the car. I have been known to spend an enormous amount of time in the bathroom (not relieving myself), but trying to find some solace while attempting to pass the next level or until I run out of lives.
I realized my Candy Crush addiction was out of control when I began to hiding my iPhone as someone came into the room; similar to a cheating spouse who has been text messaging on the sly. I have even turned the obnoxious yet tantalizing jingle of crushing, smashing and “Divine or Sweet” responses off so that my family and friends have no idea that I’ve been conquered once again.
Now I am sure you are all wondering how this effortless yet addictive pastime could have possibly helped my anxiety (and pass my Algebra class), because I am sure that Candy Crush has created anxiety in many.
Attending college at 40-something years old is enough anxiety in and of itself, but throw some algebra into the equation (pun intended) and it can become the perfect storm. Algebra made me frustrated, sad, pissed off, panicky, anxious, racing heart, and any other adjective that might be fitting for the occasion. Instead of
hiring a tutor reaching for the vodka, I downloaded Candy Crush. In all honesty, when I would feel frustrated, I began playing this game. The excitement from matching up blue, red, yellow, green, and purple candies calmed me down for a hour or so little while and I was able to concentrate. I am not trying to be funny here, this really really helped me. Candy Crush allowed my brain to simmer down to re-focus on the task at hand. As a result, not only did I calm the mechanism but my anxiety as well. (I got a 4.0 in Algebra by the way)
I have not been playing as frequently (okay, maybe a little white lie) since I am currently on break but if the second half of algebra creates another bout of anxiety, I will once again be reaching for the gaming version of Xanax.