03/19/2013 04:12 pm ET

Nintendo Art Academy And 6 Other Video Games That Help Relieve Stress

Here's another reason to settle in on the couch and pick up the controller after a long day: Video games can, in some cases, actually relieve stress. Although sometimes it's necessary to unplug and recharge in order to decompress, scheduling a 30-minute session with your favorite video game can also have calming benefits.

Click through the slideshow below for eight of our favorite de-stressing video games, from brain training puzzles that can improve your memory to a calm-inducing yoga game for Wii.

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