Rediscovering Pokémon Go

Close up photo of girl holding a phone which displays the Pokémon Go app

When Pokémon Go came out in 2016, I was hooked! I became obsessed with it fast, taking Little bear, who was 2 at the time, out in his buggy for an hour around 4ish so I could hit all the pokestops nearby and catch a few Pokémon. Fast forward a week and I wasn't as bothered with it and I tossed it aside, forgetting all about it. 

That was until Little bear asked if he could play a game on my old phone, I couldn't think of anything and then Pokémon came to my head. I thought it would be a great way to get him into going out for walks again as lately he has been opting to play indoors with his cars and such, which isn't a bad thing, but I wanted to get him outside more so this was a great idea to try and get him excited for going out again.

I downloaded the app on my old phone for him, downloaded it on my phone and off we set on a Saturday afternoon for an adventure. 

We spent the first 15 minutes on our walk looking for Pokémon to catch, getting pokestops and generally trying to figure out the app again as it had been a while since I had played. But after the initial excitement for Pokémon wore off with Little bear, he was excited to be outside again, and the phone was given to me so he could run around and do his thing. My trick worked perfectly, but I had started to get excited for Pokémon go again... 

Close up photo of girl holding a phone which displays the Pokémon Go app

When I downloaded the app, I didn't expect to be excited for it again, in fact I wasn't too bothered by it, but that was until I worked out how to play it and got my old profile back. As Little bear was running around, I found myself itching to open the app and have a search of the area to see which Pokémon were around, but I got over that when Little bear and I got distracted by looking for bugs and such in real life and for the rest of the day, we had a blast being outside and going to the park. 

On our way home though Little bear asked if he could look at his Pokémon app to see if there were any Pokémon to catch so he had that open, catching them as we drove home and when getting out the car, he asked if we could go out again the next day but this time with S so that it was a family thing and we could all catch Pokémon together. My heart was bursting with joy because it worked, Little bear wanted to go out again! 

It's been a few days since we started to use Pokémon go but we have been out every single day for a walk, it starts out as looking for Pokémon and then the phones are ditched and we have a ton of fun running around, finding new routes to take on our walks and have even found a new park we had no idea about! 

As much as I think young children shouldn't be on phones all the time, and I still don't, using an app through the phone has sparked my little guys love for nature again and I couldn't be happier! We have a little time on the app, which compared to how long we spend on our walks is minuscule and the rest of the time we are enjoying ourselves, spending more time together as a family because when S is home from work, he joins us.

I have used this app to my advantage, and it's done wonders for getting us moving again. Although I am using it to get Little bear out the door, I am also using it during the day when I am on my daily walk that I have been doing while LB is at school to get my step count up on my Fitbit. I have been aiming to do 10k steps a day and since Friday, I've been hitting those steps every day! Going a walk daily on my own has helped to clear my mind and find focus, plus it gets me away from sitting at the computer where I've been sat doing work for the past few weeks. 

Having an app like Pokémon to focus on as I walk helps with my anxiety because I am plugged into something else instead of worrying about being outside, about being near people, about having to wear a mask and so many other worries. Since having the app back, I can't believe I didn't think of this at the start of lockdown as it's been great. I know it's a game, and I know it's marketed towards children and I'm almost 28... but it brings back childhood memories and it's a damn fun game! 
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  1. This is such a sweet read! I'm so glad to hear you've got Bear enjoying the outdoors again and even enjoy the app for yourself. It's a great app for getting out and about that's for sure. I just wish I had friends that enjoyed Pokemon haha!xx

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  2. I'm so glad you and little Bear have found something you love doing together! I used to love playing Pokémon GO, and used to carry two power packs around in my bag to keep my phone topped up on charge!

    Em x

  3. I am a huge fan of Pokemon Go - not just for me (although I have been enjoying it too) but also the way that it helps get others outdoors. I am 'friends' with a couple of my nieces and nephews now, and it has become a big deal discussing who we caught, trading with one another, etc. They even call me on it if they notice it's been too long since I caught a Pokemon last, as it gives away that I haven't been playing haha! If it gets them outside and active, I'm ALL for it!