Can Virtual Reality improve mental health and wellbeing?

With the increase in popularity for virtual reality, at Vector we have been exploring the ways that VR can be used to improve mental health and general wellbeing. In this blog post you will recieve an insight into the positive effect that the virtual world can have on your mental health.

Virtual reality is a form of escapism, where you can escape from the stress of everyday life and immerse yourself into something fun and refreshing. At Vector, we offer a range of relaxing experiences that can help calm your mind. Kayak VR takes you on a journey within a Kayak, in which, you can travel at your own speed.
Whilst Nature Trek VR allows you to relax in different environments within your own space. Nature Trek offers a range of soundscapes and beautiful visuals to help you relax and unwind.

Allow yourself to escape from the rush of your busy life and slow down within a virtual space.

Virtual Reality can also be used as a form of exposure therapy. With experiences like TheBlu and Freediver enabling you to delve into the depths of the ocean. Whilst some may find this kind of experience to be relaxing, for others it can be a great way of exposing yourself to the fear of Thalassophobia (fear of the ocean/deep water), in a safe environment with virtual water, that you are in full control of. With the ability to leave the experience at any time to choose something within your comfort zone.

Whether you enjoy the ocean or not, this experience can be a great way to improve your mental wellbeing in a safe space.

The social experiences available at Vector can also help improve social skills and reduce feelings of loneliness and anxiety. With games like Rec Room allowing you to interact with other people in Virtual worlds created by other users, and, other multiplayer experiences such as Hyper Dash and Gorilla Tag, connecting you to players from around the world in different games and challenges. 

These games are a fun way to build up your confidence to interact and socialise with other people, whilst being able to enjoy yourself with other enthusiastic VR lovers!

The importance of our mental health and wellbeing is being focused upon now more than ever, with a much deeper understanding of why it’s important to look after our mental health. The activities we offer at Vector can be a great chance for you to escape the troubles of normal life and allow you to relax or just escape into a virtual environment that you have control over.

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Plan Your Visit

Not sure how to long to book for?Take a look at our game selection and choose a few to make your session tailored for you! You don’t have to stick to your selection when you arrive – however we can give you a good idea of how long you will need based on each game’s recommended play-time.