Meditation for Gamers

Tilt, salt, anger, frustration, toxicity. Not only are these things the path to the dark side, they also affect not only our own gameplay but that of our team mates and friends as well. That’s not a good thing if you want to stay at the top of your game. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, so here’s a few things you can try to combat your own feelings of tilt in those situations.

 

The first thing you can do to help take on these negative emotions, while it sounds incredibly simple, is to just close your eyes. Sometimes it can be enough to just rest your eyes for a few seconds. The removal of visual stimuli helps to alleviate stress on the brain. The best part about this, is that only a few seconds, in between matches for example, can go a long way towards keeping you in the game.

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If that’s not enough, then you may want to try meditation. The benefits one finds through even occasional meditation in regards to stress and frustration are numerous. Not only is it un-fun to be playing a game that you are tilted at, or just feeling a little salty at, it makes you play worse.
We’ve all been there, on a losing streak, threatening our monitors, and we just start to make stupid mistakes. You definitely play at your best when you are cool, calm and collected.

 

There are various techniques for meditation, but what I am going to cover here is an easy technique that any gamer can do without even leaving their computer. If you’re wearing a headset, take it off, close your eyes, and sit comfortably. Now – and this is the key – try to let your thoughts just float away. It is important not to force things out of your head, just simply observe their passing with a contentment and do not judge their departure as they go. This can take some practice.

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One method many people use is reciting a mantra. I know, it sounds a bit strange. It really isn’t mystical at all, in fact it is some simple brain science. A mantra can be anything you choose, but for the greatest benefit you want to choose something that is one syllable in length and contains no meaning to you. For example, I use the mantra “lahm”. This is just a sound, it’s
not a word and means nothing to me. I recite this to myself, quietly, in my head repeatedly. The allows your brain to focus inward, which allows you to more easily observe your thoughts without passing judgement.

 

After holding your meditation for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, there is a process before you get back to the gaming grind. Do not set an alarm for yourself. Instead you should come out of your meditation slowly. Over the course of the next few minutes, one at a time you should, in
order; listen to your surroundings, look at your surroundings, and lastly move around. It’s important not to rush this process and take as long as you need. Coming out of a deep meditation too fast can be incredibly jarring in the same way being woken up from a deep sleep can worsen your mood.

 

I hope this helps you to fight the negativity in yourself before it affects your gameplay. You don’t want to end up being the next viral video of someone smashing their keyboard, or putting their fist through a monitor. Sugar not salt my friends.

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