Why children must play Chess for better mental health!
I remember as a kid every Sunday morning I used to spend morning hours with my grandfather playing chess. During those days when mental health issues were not even heard of he made me understand the benefits of playing chess for better mental health.
Chess is a game that is loved all over the world. People spend long hours playing the game and that is what helps them improve their mental faculties which have long-term benefits in life. Chess is one game that involves an intellectual challenge that is good for strengthening the health of the mind. In today’s world which is full of uncertainties, challenges, and excessive information, it is a must to have control over one’s mind to stay calm. Chess as a game can help immensely in strengthening the mind and mental faculties.
Today let me share with you what my grandfather used to tell me about the benefits of playing chess.
Chess for better mental health, how?
It is commonly observed that people who play chess have better and stronger memory skills than others. This is a game that involves remembering various combinations of moves and their counter moves.
In addition to memory skills, if children continue practicing chess, they can develop higher thinking abilities especially the ability to use reasoning to solve problems.
Not only that, they are seen to improve on the ability to comprehend tasks swiftly and respond to challenges efficiently.
Chess is a great way to build creative and planning skills
Since chess is a game known for silent contemplation to think about each move, it teaches patience and prediction while anticipating counter moves by the opponents. This practice of planning while careful contemplation of every eventuality happens to be one of the most important cognitive health benefits of playing chess for the children in the longer run.
Chess helps with the ADHD symptoms
When you play chess you keep thinking about the moves of the opponent and about the repercussions of your each and every move. That helps kids develop the ability to consider someone else’s viewpoint. This helps them rethink their actions, makes them empathetic, and helps them build healthy relationships. In 2019 a study confirmed that chess as a game helps inculcate the ability to consider other’s perspectives about things in children.
Personally speaking, I feel thankful to my grandpa and dad to make me understand the game of chess as it made me a woman who can think swiftly and plan things better with an empathetic bent of mind. So are you ready with the chessboard and kids for better mental health?