Gaming Wellness: Mental, Physical, and Nutritional Balance

There is a lot that goes into keeping yourself at the top of your game.

For a professional gamer, there is a lot you have to keep track of, from practice time to event schedules and social media.

The most important thing to remember, hands down, is your health. Don’t let your mind and body fall by the wayside. You can’t win if you can’t function.

Here are some healthy tips to keep yourself in the game.

The Physical

There are a lot of obvious physical signs that you need to take better care of yourself. Pay attention to your body. You might not have an exact health bar, but you can tell when you’re low on health if you know what to look for.

Here are the major physical tips to keep you going.

Exercise

While you don’t need a full workout routine, obviously the more active you can be, the healthier you can be. The problem is that being active and gaming rarely works at the same time.

The key, then, is to find a balance. Doing stretches and some simple warm-up exercises can help keep the body limber and energized. Even a small amount of stretches can help make your body ready for the day.

Taking Breaks

Gaming every waking hour of the day can be both exhausting and bad for your gaming! Your eyes start to strain from staring at a screen all day. Not to mention the cramps in your legs, back, and arms.

Take a break every once in a while. Get up from your setup and walk around. Stretch again if you need to. You can also use this time to get some food and even a bit of fresh air.

A Healthy Gaming Space

The area where you do your gaming is as important as what you do while gaming.

Posture can be a real problem down the line. Does your gaming chair help you keep good posture?

Sitting down for a long time can be detrimental. If you have a standing desk or a desk that can convert back and forth, try to do that and stretch out without interrupting your gaming.

The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner of Champions

The significant part of leading a healthy lifestyle can all boil down to your diet. The old phrase, “garbage in, garbage out” is rather true more often than not.

While there is a lot of nutritional information out there, be wary of fad diets and misleading facts. Here are a few core concepts to keep in mind.

Good, Balanced Food

Whenever you eat, you need to be careful about what you eat. The usual suspects are best in as small quantities as you can get. Stuff like sugar, fat, salts, and caffeine are common problems in the diets of gamers.

As well, eating actual meals with proteins, vegetables, and a reasonable amount of carbs is very needed.

Healthy Snacks

Snacks are a great way to keep you going without interrupting the gaming. As well, spreading out your food intake can help with energy and overall health.

As with the above, keep to healthy items. Fruits and nuts are two substantial snack items. Baked chips can be another staple.

You don’t have to exclude junk food entirely, but understand that it will never do much more than fill you up temporarily. Often times, lots of junk food can add to lethargy and other issues that will directly affect your gaming.

Stay Hydrated

The obvious one that gets repeated over and over is staying hydrated! Dehydration can cause headaches, dizziness, and sluggishness, all of which affect your gaming.

While caffeinated beverages don’t cause dehydration, they can have other effects, such as shaky hands and headaches if taken in excess, as well as adding to your calorie intake. Be careful of overdoing the caffeine.

When in doubt, water is best. Drink it early and often.

The Mental

Mental health has had a lot of stigma over the decades. Thankfully, more and more of that stigma is being peeled away.

Never be afraid to look over and talk about your mental health. Keep these ideas in mind as you keep your gaming going.

Keep Calm

Competitive gaming can be frustrating. It gets even worse when you or your team loses to small details or silly mistakes.

Being angry at a frustrating situation is an entirely natural response. The problem comes from staying angry and lashing out with that anger.

If you find yourself bristling with anger during or after a game, take a mental step back and focus on a more positive idea. When you can identify the symptoms of an emotional episode and respond with a calming reaction, then you can keep a positive control on your gaming experience.

Create a Fun Environment

A dark room filled with wrappers and dust is not only a bit concerning to outside people, but it also can have a detrimental effect on your mood. Your mood, especially in dramatic shifts, can significantly affect your gaming.

Try and brighten up your room. Natural or semi-natural lighting is a start. A clean gaming area combined with fun personal decorations can go a long way to keeping you happy and energized during your gaming sessions.

Do Not Ignore Disorders and Problems

There are a lot of potential issues and problems with the human brain. Some of them come from an imbalance of chemicals or genetics, some from the simple wear and tear of life.

The key here is never to be ashamed and never be afraid to reach out for help. Even the “simple” disorders such as anxiety and depression can be debilitating, impacting your gaming and your personal life.

Don’t let yourself fall by the wayside.

Keep Yourself in the Game

There are a lot of things these days that can bring you down and tamper with the best you that you can be.

Stay healthy and keep gaming.

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