Gaming can be one of the most fun ways to spend your time, from playing big missions with your mates to taking on final bosses solo. But sometimes a game can be a bit too tricky and you feel like you can’t get past that super hard level. To help you out, we’ve come up with 5 top tips to up your gaming mindset.
Be prepared and plan ahead
There are many times you just want to casually play a game for a few hours just to relax and find some escapism from life. But there are other times when you crave a serious challenge for yourself. If you want to grind away at a game or achievement alone or with friends, you need to be a bit more prepared than just jumping straight into it.
Maybe you’ve not played in a while, or it’s a brand new game that you need to learn about. First things first, you need to start spending time learning about it or what has changed since you last saw it.
The game could have changed drastically and suddenly jumping in and seeing instant failure will only lead to you feeling disappointed. So spend some time watching some YouTubers, read some blog posts, scroll through TikTok clips and catch up on what you need to know.
Be critical of yourself
One of the best ways to learn and improve is to spend time critically reviewing how you performed. Elite athletes and players in all sports do this – so why not do the same and review your matches?
You can record your screen on any PC, and most consoles nowadays let you playback footage, so it’s relatively easy to do.
Find patterns in your mistakes and trends in the best moments, you’ll learn how to get better but also become better at spotting what makes a professional player better
Take care of yourself
In order to be at your best when playing a game, you need to look after yourself.Make sure both your physical and mental health are as good as they can be, because a healthy person is a healthy gamer, and a healthy gamer is a better gamer.
This includes meditation and breathing exercises in order to keep your brain as clear as possible.
Make sure you get outside and see the sunlight too, without any light, you’ll struggle to sleep at night and that in turn will slow down your reflexes and decision making skills.
Dehydration also plays a part in your hand-eye coordination and decision making speed, so make sure you are drinking enough water every day!
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Positivity comes with it’s own health benefits, but did you know that it can also increase your ability to cope with stress? If you’re stuck on a particular stage or tackling that hard to beat boss – odds are changing your mindset can help you get through it.
According to this research article having a positive mindset can make you 50% more motivated and productive. Imagine, just by changing your mindset you can level up your skills to progress through the game! Not only this, but positive thinkers have a better resilience when things get tough – meaning you’re more likely to stick to those hard to beat challenges.
A positive mindset can help you see the bigger picture in stressful situations, and not sweat the small stuff. This is so important for enjoying your game and it’s proven that positive emotions broaden your sense of possibility and open your mind up to more options.
So take a breath, think happy thoughts and tackle that final boss!
Remember to have fun
In the end, our interests and hobbies are about enjoying our time, challenging ourselves and being social. If you are finding playing a game is negatively impacting you, then stop for a moment, take a step back and have a break. You can always come back to it later and we promise you’ll enjoy it much more.
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