We all know that the gamer lifestyle can be demanding. Early morning practice sessions, intense training routines, and big tournaments with the possibility of huge prizes are just some of what pro gamers do on a daily basis. But there is one thing in particular that can cause problems over time: burnout. This article will discuss how to prevent burnout by looking at player habits, health issues, and gamer psychology.
Top Gamer Habits (and How to Fix Them):
There are a number of habits that every player has. We all have a tendency to live unhealthy lives, especially since we’re playing games for long hours in between tournaments. Here are my top 3 tips on how to fix these habits.
1) Stay Away from Sleeping Pills:
If you have sleep problems, get up and get yourself busy with something else. Reading a book, making a cup of coffee, or just working out. Do NOT resort to sleeping pills. That’s something the media rarely talks about but esports players should be aware of. It will certainly affect your peak performance.
2) Ditch the Junk Food:
When you’re tired and stressed out, it is tempting to eat junk food. This will make you want to sleep even more, especially after the sugar rush has worn off. Instead of eating junk food right before going to bed, eat healthy food such as whole-grain bread with some butter or nuts.
This will give your body some good energy and sleep better. As for the junk food itself, make your own or switch to healthy choices. I suggest making your own food because you can control what goes into them.
3) Live a Healthy Lifestyle:
Take good care of yourself by eating right. Also, please don’t overdo it in regards to exercise. Sure, being fit is good but only when it’s done in moderation. Overtraining will result in health complications and even burnout. Just remember that a healthy mind and body in a pro gamer results in the maximum of his potential.
This next section will look at the health aspects of burnout. It is important to keep a good balance between your social, physical, and mental health. Keep your mind clear, get enough sleep and treat your body well. Maintaining good physical and mental health will give you more energy for gaming while giving you time to focus on the things that matter in life such as friends and family.
How to Prevent Burnout:
1) Dealing with Stress:
Stress is something that every pro gamer has to deal with. If not, it’s because you’re too good at keeping your emotions under control and emotionally stable. There are a lot of stressors that will cause burnout so it’s important to learn how to deal with them. Here are some tips for dealing with stress and how you can prevent burnout.
- Don’t allow yourself to burn out. Always remember that pro gaming doesn’t define you. It’s a job, nothing more. Once you make it big, everything will change and all your friends and family will probably say “congratulations”. Try to enjoy the ride while it lasts.
- Make sure you get enough sleep: Sleeping is very important for your health and performance level so don’t skip out on this one. Ensuring you get enough sleep will help you make better decisions which in turn, prevents a lot of stress from accumulating.
- Eat healthily: As I said before, eating healthy gives you energy and keeps your mind clear. It will also give you more time to focus on things other than gaming which is important to prevent burnout. As for exercise, it’s a great stress reliever so try to work out on a daily basis. Make sure not to overdo it, do it in moderation.
- Invest in a great gaming setup: Having a fast computer is great for in-game performance and to lower frustrations. Nothing is as annoying as lag or crashes when you’re in an important game. Also, invest in a monitor that is good for your eyes, an ergonomic mouse to avoid a tennis arm, and a chair that doesn’t kill your back. Replicating the setup of a real pro, like the Mongraal setup, is a quick and safe choice. Kyle ‘Mongraal’ Jackson has certainly invested a good amount of time to research this subject.
2) Dealing with the “Pro Gamer Lifestyle”:
This is something that a lot of gamers experience when they make it to higher levels. It’s called burnout and it’s similar to how people who become addicted to drugs feel. Some of the symptoms of burnout are lack of motivation, insomnia issues, and depression. I don’t want you to go down this path so here are some ways you can prevent it.
- Don’t go out partying all the time: Sure, going out partying can be fun every once in a while but it will hinder your progress by a lot. It’s not good to play games while you’re drunk or high. You need to have a clear mind and focus to perform well. If you really want to go drinking, I suggest you do it after a game instead of before and take at least one day off from gaming per week.
- Take care of your diet: What you put in your body is very important. There are many studies suggesting that what you eat can affect your mood and motivation. If you eat something that makes you feel tired, it will be harder to stay focused on work or games later on that day. For example, if you wake up and have a big breakfast or lunch made of a lot of carbs, it’s gonna be harder for you to stay awake at normal times during the day. The best way to get in a little boost of energy during the day for about of insomnia and just plain tiredness is to eat a power breakfast. It’s simply something like an omelet, or maybe one of those egg white smoothies for your list of protein. A good power breakfast can also be fruit, some cereal, or toast with peanut butter and jam, etc. This is very healthy since it’s full of protein and keeps you from getting headaches like many people do when they skip eating all day.
- Get a hobby: Pro gamers are usually very busy and they feel the need to do something about it. A good way to get this needed free time without the need for much effort is to take up a hobby. Go on painting, playing an instrument, or something else that is relaxing for you. This will give you some extra time that you can use to catch up on sleep once in a while.