NEOPIAN HOSPITAL - Feeling delusional yet? Got an achy neck, dry throat, maybe
a bit of fatigue in your wrists? With all its ongoing events and latest challenges,
it's no surprise Neopets makes you feel as if you're running about in circles,
while neglecting your health!
The matter of the fact is, Neopets is jam-packed full with games, competitions
and contests (which ultimately lead to those highly sought TROPHIES!) ... it's
no wonder some of you may be feeling dizzy. I mean, there's SO MUCH this Web site
has to offer that after only a few hours of venturing throughout Neopia, one
will soon find his/her hands full of projects and activities to accomplish.
Don't know what I'm talking about? Here, let me give an example. As you know,
there have been several updates within the past month or so. Something in particular
that comes to mind is the more recent discovery of Meridell, which I believe
took place towards the end of last month (July 30th to be precise!). Naturally,
this news put a halt to all of the ongoing "projects" I was working on. Want
particulars? ... I've created a list of these in order of importance, the first
being my main priority at the time:
1. Getting a score of 1,600 or higher on Mystery Island's Gadgadsgame,
which was around the high score at the time simply because I LOVE this game.
2. Beating the evil Mr. Chuckles at Carnival of Terror for the Better
Than You competition. I have come to grips that beating him at his own game
is nearly IMPOSSIBLE, although 917 people (so far) think otherwise.
3. Training my toughest pet, RamoneII, for the upcoming Defenders of
Neopia quest ... whenever that might be! This means nightly visits to the Secret
Lab - for his OWN GOOD - and visits to the Swashbuckling Academy about 3-5 times
a week. Cap'n Threelegs' trains RamoneII to gain back all the levels the lab
ray seems to take away from him. I also make sure to keep him on a strict diet
of Bagguss and Pickled Olives (or maybe I'm just a cheapskate?).
4. Frantically searching EVERY nook and cranny of this Web site for
that blasted Mystery Picture. You'd be surprised how many hours it takes to
find absolutely nothing!
5. Submitting my oh-so-witty entry to the Caption Competition. Hey,
it's worth a shot.
6. Mentally preparing for the upcoming Armada competition in August,
which includes practising Armada at least twice a day since I am not quite accustomed
to the strategy and skills it takes to be strong at that game. Ironically, that
is the only trophy I have won so far (with regards to Multiplayer Competition
7. Loitering about Neopia Central's bookshop during "after-hours" (2-5
AM). I've been shooting for that Neopian Book Award you know (that'll be the
day) like everyone else seems to be doing.
Although I had quite a few days to prepare for the coming of Meridell, this
new world seemed to appear out of nowhere and most definitely took us by surprise.
I mean, it seemed like just a few days prior to this event that news of "a few
strange new creatures" were seen wandering around Neopia. These were the Draiks
of course, and I'm still upset I wasn't fast enough to swipe one of those little
fellas, but that is beside the point! Immediately, my thoughts turned to the
attention of this new world, filled with new games, new contests and new competitions,
a.k.a. new trophies!
I rushed off to Meridell and had an exciting time exploring this new region
of Neopia. Activities included guessing the weight of 'Old Bessie', puckering
up to a Mortog, hanging out with a Shapeshifter, and doing a favour or two for
Illusen. Heck, I even enjoyed counting potatoes! Yet after a couple of hours,
my eyes began to itch, my neck was starting to feel a tad bit achy, and my dry
tongue was practically hanging out of my mouth! With all this new-founded excitement,
it was very easy to neglect the symptoms of this mild form of fatigue that is
quite common when sitting in a certain position for long periods of time. I
soon began to notice that instead of enjoying my stay at Meridell, I was beginning
to become more and more preoccupied with the minor ailments in my body.
After some repeated experiences similar to the one above, it dawned on me that
if I am to truly enjoy playing Neopets, then it would probably be in my best
interest to spare a few moments throughout the day to do some helpful exercises.
Over the past few weeks, I have been incorporating some very simple techniques
to keep my mind and body in premium shape. They are as follows:
1. Take the time to walk around the house (or whatever environment you
are playing Neopets in) every half-hour or so. Nothing vigorous of course, but
something to get the blood circulating in your body so you feel all the more
refreshed when you get back to your computer (don't you hate it when your legs
go numb?). When I take a break, I tend to walk around in my backyard for about
five minutes or so while taking in a breath of fresh air! Being cooped up indoors
can be a bit exhausting so give it a go!
2. I find that stretching my legs, arms, and neck GENTLY during my five-minute
half-hourly break does wonders! Once again, stretching your body parts increases
blood circulation throughout the body. These kinds of exercises also prevent
cramps and numbness.
3. Eat healthy! That's right. I find that fruits and vegetables is the
best thing to eat while playing Neopets. Not only are these foods lighter on
your stomach, they are nutritious and provide quite a bit of energy to avoid
those drowsy episodes. If these foods are not filling enough, how about some
low fat crackers that are high in fibee (e.g. wheat)! I suggest eating these
foods during your break since people tend to overindulge when not paying attention
to what is going in their mouths.
4. Finally, DRINK PLENTY OF WATER! I suggest at least one large glass
of ice cold water for every hour of Neopets you play! A pint is the perfect
amount for me. Being addicted to Neopets is one thing, but playing on the computer
for a substantial amount of time while neglecting your body of one of its most
vital components will do you no good. Believe me, you'll feel so much better!
These short exercises are simply wonderful, yet not as simple to follow as
they seem. Remember, it takes a bit of will power to avoid those fattening surgery
snacks while playing away on Neopets, not to mention a bit of getting used to
when it comes to peeling yourself away from the computer screen for a few quick
exercises. Any more advice? Stop stressing out! That's right, try not to worry
too much about all that is going on in Neopia, considering it is most likely
going to be around for many years to come! So take in a deep breath, stretch
your fingers (I heard them crack!) and stop giving yourself an ulcer already!
There are so many events and trophies going around that with time, you too will
soon have that trophy cabinet filled with sparkly goodies, representing the
hard work and commitment you, as a citizen of Neopia, have EARNED. Just keep
in mind that in order to enjoy Neopets to its fullest, it is crucial to take
care of your mind and body!