Mental health and CS:GO go hand in hand.

Mental health and high performance in CS:GO goes hand in hand.

Mental health and CS:GO go hand in hand.

Mental stress and pressure is really an unspoken part of the game for many within esports. As a gamer, your mental health is just as important as your physical health. We all know physical injuries happen, just like in any other sport. However, gamers that do experience challenges with their mental health can actually see a big dip in their performance during matches and even more so during big events and competitions. ​ For that reason, we have decided to collect a few tips and tricks on how to improve your mental health and by that perform at the highest level possible: ​

  • Sleep
  • Unplug
  • Exercise

Should you need any help in incorporate this to your daily rutine, please do not hesitate to reach out to us for guidance.

Sleep

Sleep

Yes, it is indeed a cliche - but sleep is important and especially for gamers that need to perform on a high level. And the best part of it, you don’t even have to leave the house (COVID-19 approved). The benefit of quality sleep is not to be underestimated. It will depend on the individual on how much sleep is needed, but a good rule of thumb is to get at least 6 hours of sleep every night. Some might need more, say 8, 9 or 10 hours of sleep every night. The most important part is that you are consistent in your sleeping habits. Sleep improves our memory and learning ability as well as it is a big part of our emotional health. So if you ever wake up and feel grumpy and blue, more sleep more do the trick. ​ As a dedicated gamer there is a good chance that you are playing between 5 or even 7 days a week. You are constantly learning when you play and you have to adapt to new strategies and ideas. This can be very exhausting and if you don’t get a good nights sleep you will have a hard time performing on a high level. This can lead to frustration and have an effect on your mental health. Furthermore, as a gamer you are constantly under a lot of stress to perform when it matters. You might even be in a position where your salary depends on your performance, which can lead to a stressful environment if you do not perform as excepted. Sleep helps and allows your mind to take a break and recover. Oh, and the best part - its free!

Unplug

Unplug

Getting away from all technological stimulation. Yes, that is correct - no phone, no Netflix, no computer, no internet. If you after reading this is thinking “No way I can do that”, then you definitely need to unplug. As a competitive gamer you are basically plugged in as soon as you turn on your computer and before you start playing you have probably turned on your TV or scrolled through your phone. You may also feel stressed out or an additional amount of pressure when going through results and game analysis. You are probably being bombarded with information, some teams or players might perform better than you. This can indeed take a toll on your confidence and affect your performance. ​ Therefore, make sure that you unplug yourself every day. Go for a walk, read a book, go to the gym - the choices are many. Unplugging is not only for gamers, but for everyone who has a job where you are around technology all the time. Yes, it might sound boring and yes you might be bored to begin with. However, you will benefit from this, and your body and mind will catch a break from your normal routines in front of the computer. Another thing you might consider is to put your phone away when going to bed or even better - leave it away from your bed so you do not get distracted or tempted to “just check a few things”. At the end of the day, unplugging is something you and your team should commit to do, together as a team.

Exercise

Exercise

Oh man, what a surprise huh? Exercise! Yeah, that is probably what you are thinking right about now. How many times have you heard that exercising is good for you? Probably more than we you can count. However truth be told, exercising is a great way to improve your overall health as well as calmness. When you exercise you release endorphins and this will help you keep your spirit high and stay mentally and physically on top of your game. Exercising is key for having a strong mental health. We could go on and on in regards to why you should exercise, but instead we just want to put emphasis on how important it is for you and your performance as a competitive gamer. 1. 2. 3. GO!

We do understand and appreciate that players and teams are different. However, as a team, we do hope that you help one another to stay mentally strong and healthy. By doing so you will feel better and perform better.

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