How To Combat Gaming Fatigue

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The video game industry is more popular than ever before, but for many people, what started as a form of entertainment has become a chore. This is known as gaming fatigue or gaming burnout, and it can happen to anyone.

What Is Gaming Fatigue?

Gaming fatigue is one of the many forms of burnout, which is a state of emotional, phsycail, and mental exhaustions that is brought on by prolonged periods of stress. Most people feel burnout from their chosen profession, but it can happen from hobbies too. 

A lot of factors contribute to gaming fatigue and burnout, and they all relate to heightened levels of stress. 

For those in or wanting to be in the professional gaming industry, there can be pressure to do more that causes more stress. Streamers who host very long streams, as opposed to the usual few hours, for example, can get more viewers and subscribers, while eSport professionals who practice for long hours can gain an advantage over their competition. 

For hobby gamers, the time that you spend working can drain your mental stamina, and trying to accomplish tasks in a vide game can end up just taxing you more. The game itself can be another cause of stress,especially in very competitive games.

There are some steps you can take to combat gaming fatigue, whether you’re playing as an eSports pro or a hobby player, on mobile, console, or mobile game pc

Sleep

The best way to deal with gaming fatigue is to get some sleep. 

Getting enough sleep can help to boost your immune system. The quality and the duration of the sleep you get are both very important, as sleep patterns that don’t go through all the REM and non-REM cycles can have a lot of negative effects on both your mood and your energy levels. 

Take Breaks

The old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder can be applied to gaming, like anything else. If you are struggling to keep the passion that you used to have for playing video games, it can help to find something else that you enjoy, and do that instead for a little while. This can help to alleviate stress and remind you of why you enjoy gaming so much in the first place. 

Evaluate Your Mental Health

Losing interest in activities that you used to enjoy and that used to bring you joy can be a symptom of depression, as well as other mental health problems. Sometimes these issues aren’t related to gaming fatigue, but they can often be the cause of burnout. 

If you think that your mental health could be affecting your enjoyment of gaming, or with any other part of your life, the best thing that you can do is get some help. Open up to your friends and family about how you are feeling, and if you can, seek support from a mental health professional too. You can also look for help online, as there are plenty of free resources that are dedicated to educating people about mental health and the treatments available.

Paul Bellow

LitRPG Author Paul Bellow

Paul Bellow is a LitRPG author, gamer, RPG game developer, and publisher of several online communities. In other words, an old school webmaster. He also developed and runs LitRPG Adventures, a set of advanced RPG generators powered by GPT-3 AI. Here at LitRPG Reads, he publishes articles about LitRPG books, tabletop RPG books, and all sorts of DND content that's free to use in your personal tabletop campaign - i.e. non-commercial use. Enjoy your stay and reach out on Twitter or Discord if you want to make contact.