Tip 2: Get energised and remove distractions
You don’t want to be tired and unfocused before you start a new game. Playing multiple games in a row set higher demands to maintain energy and focus. A good way to get energised before a match is to take a short run outside (or another type of exercise) to get your heartbeat up for a few minutes. You can also try to take a cold shower. This will directly pump adrenaline into your system. Adrenaline provides the energy you can utilise in the game.
You can also focus on removing distractions in your surroundings and your mental space. Take a shower, go for a walk outside or clean the room before your game starts.
Tip 3: Warmup your aim
Using an aim training map or playing deathmatch is great for warming up your aim. Aim training helps fire up neurons in your brain that are responsible for the movements and mouse control. Use the aim training to connect eye-hand coordination. It’s important not to overdo the warmup as you risk losing valuable focus in the coming match.
Tip 4: Increase focus and set intentions
Take 30-50 breaths to increase the energy in your body. This will give you more direct focus. You can also do this during the game to connect back with your body. Before the game, it can also be a good idea to set intentions:
- Always do the best you can
- Be supportive of your teammates
- Keep refocusing on the game when you feel distracted.
The long-term: Physical and cognitive preparation
Another way to make sure you are preparing for the next game is to consider the long-term effects of your daily habits and routines. Lifestyle considerations can prepare your mind and body to be in the best shape possible. It builds a strong foundation so you can be ready for an important game at any given time. In addition, it prevents you from getting injured and experiencing burnout.
Let’s look at a few long-term preparation factors.
Tip 5: Get enough sleep
Sleep is the most important factor for being in the best shape possible. Sleep restores the energy you need to have intense focus, fast reactions, and make complex decisions.
Many players do not get the importance of sleep; But when you’re staying up late, you’re probably not getting enough quality sleep. It will affect your mental capacity and ability to perform optimally.
Always make sure you are fully rested before playing an important match. In general, most people need 7-9 hours of good quality sleep to be fully rested.