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So, you’ve got your gaming room kitted out with a curved monitor and top-notch gaming chair, Cyberpunk 2077 is on pre-order and you’ve just unwrapped the latest next-gen console. You’ve got everything you need to get yourself to pro-gamer level, but for some reason, you’re just not making the progress that you used to.
Plateauing is a natural stage of any gamer’s journey, but it doesn’t half suck to be in it. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five key things you can do that will level up your gaming skills, whether you’ve got aspirations to be the next eSports superstar or you’re simply content to keep gaming as your hobby.
Here are the Tips
1. Take a break
If you’re grinding away and getting nowhere, sometimes the easiest and most beneficial thing you can do is to just take a break from gaming. Sure, it’s a huge part of your life (especially if you have professional ambitions), but it’s not the only part.
Taking a break is a key part of making progress in any discipline and especially gaming. Get outside for some fresh air and Vitamin D, hang out with friends to raise your serotonin levels and spend time on those areas of your life you’ve been neglecting.
Don’t just take our word for it, gaming league Astralis have spoken in the past about how they stay away from tournaments in the lead up to ESL majors.
2. Get in the Zone
When you return to gaming, it’s important that you approach it with the right mindset. Being in The Zone, or flow is something that we all aspire to do because it allows us to perform at our best.
Pro athletes can spend years working with coaches to develop this skillset, but at its core getting in the zone is all about how you talk to yourself. Instead of focusing on winning or finishing a game, focus more on what you’re doing in each moment. If you approach gaming with a relaxed and positive mental state, your body will follow.
3. Learn from others
Learning from the gaming community around you should become a regular part of your routine. Not only can you learn a lot from watching people play, but it also acts as inspiration and a reminder of why you started to play in the first place.
No matter what genre of gaming you prefer, there are plenty of key takeaways from observing those who are more experienced than you. Poker enthusiasts, for example, will be able to pick up all manner of tips for poker strategy from watching the gameplay of experienced pros. Meanwhile, tournament gamers can pick up a lot from watching how competitors deal with certain situations and the decisions they make.
4. Condition your body
It may sound obvious, but your physical condition is a huge factor in how well you play. As tempting as they are, try to stay away from sugary snacks and junk food during a gaming session and keep your brain boosted with nuts and dark chocolate instead.
You also need to pay attention to stretching and strengthening the muscles in your wrist and fingers, since just 30 minutes of gameplay can affect the responsiveness of your hands. Simple wrist stretches and weight-bearing exercises will get them warmed up well, then you can focus on strengthening your grip. Don’t forget to ‘cool down’ your hands after gaming too, self-massage with a golf ball will do wonders for releasing the tension that’s built up.
5. Learn to Juggle
We’re not suggesting that you run away and join the circus here, but juggling is an awesome way to build up your hand-eye coordination – something that is crucial for gaming. Juggling is one of the best and simplest skills to master, as the results will transfer over to your hand-eye coordination when you’re playing games too.