It is essential that you take breaks when playing for long periods of time, as with any other physical activity. Let’s take a look at why and what are the best habits to ensure you’re charging properly.
Give yourself time to relax and reset
Playing video games can be stressful, especially if you play competitive games that require a lot of thought and concentration. Playing for many hours without a break can be exhausting and stressful. You start to feel extremely burned and tired, which is not a good way to play games. It’s meant to be fun, exciting and rewarding, not the other way around.
Even if you’re an avid gamer, you need to give yourself breaks, a mental reset. Whenever you feel you need one, treat yourself to one! If you don’t, you risk overworking your brain, and that’s what makes you tired after long hours. It only goes downhill from there because you will feel worse the more you play. This is not only taxing on your body, but also decreases your overall performance.
So if you’re trying to achieve certain goals in the game you’re playing, learn to give yourself breaks to help you reach them faster. You will be refreshed, attentive and motivated to continue!
Go back to the point
Like most things in life, you don’t do your best when you don’t take care of yourself. This is especially true when it comes to games. If you feel exhausted, stressed, and disfocused, your in-game performance will reflect that.
If you play first-person shooters, your aim, reflexes, and movement become sloppy. In strategic games, your intelligent decision-making decreases. In role-playing games, your ability to react to situations and think critically diminishes. Basically, every aspect of your gameplay is going to be negatively affected. Taking breaks can help you refocus, which will greatly improve your gameplay.
If you’ve been playing for hours and feeling player fatigue, chances are you’re not in the best condition to play. A break will help refresh your mind, allowing you to regain your focus. The more focused you are, the better you perform, the faster you reach your goals.
Eye strain is a serious issue that many gamers should be aware of. This is already a problem for those who stare at digital screens all day. This can be worse for gamers as we tend to focus more intensely on the screen in front of us and for longer durations.
When playing a first person shooter, you need to pay close attention to where you are aiming. You may subconsciously try not to blink as you prepare for a gunfight. After a while, your eyes dry out and become heavy, and these are signs of eye strain. You force your eyes to work harder than just seeing things around you.
If you’re playing a game that has a lot of text or details that you need to watch closely, you should be able to see them without a problem. Glare and low contrast can make it difficult to see what’s going on, which can also cause eye strain. This all adds up to the negative effects of staring at blue lights emitted from digital screens.
If at any point your vision starts to get blurry or you start seeing spots, it’s time to take a break immediately. Continuing to play in these conditions will only damage your eyesight over time. Give those eyes time to rest. This means not taking out another electronic device such as your smartphone.
Types of breaks to take
The type of breaks you take depends on how you feel. If you feel slightly tired while playing, a short break of 5-30 minutes may be sufficient. Of course, you can always take a longer one if you feel the need. Setting a reminder can help with this.
If you feel drained and exhausted during the game, consider quitting the game and playing tomorrow. Let’s say, however, that for some reason you really want to keep going, so it’s best to take at least a 1-2 hour break. For some people, this may not be enough, so feel free to extend the break for as long as you need.
You don’t have to think about it much. Simply take a break whenever you feel your mind or body needs it, then continue playing when you feel like you’re back to normal.
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