As part of the series on responsible gaming, today we’d like to talk about striking a balance between poker and daily life.
Playing poker is a lot of fun. The game comes with some awesome aspects to it and has been consistently attracting the attention of many individuals. Apart from online poker being a sport to earn a lot of money, it teaches several skills like patience, control over one’s emotions and money management. It also helps to improve concentration, develop mental faculties, and enhance decision-making ability.
If you have just started playing online poker games to have fun, then we’d suggest that you continue. Playing a few hands is a great way to relax your mind and unwind after a hectic day at work. If you have some free time and want to rejuvenate, we encourage you to take a shot on our free-entry tourneys. I ensure you that they are one of the most entertaining and exciting ways to take a break and feel refreshed.
However, an extremely vital aspect to take care of when you start playing poker online is the amount of time you spend on the game. This may seem like an obvious thing that you will take care of BUT a lot of poker players get carried away and even before they know it, they are addicted to the game. They start neglecting work, family, health, and more.
The grinder lifestyle too is an unhealthy one - tournaments happen at late hours, time spent on the screen is a lot, and taking breaks is not easy when you’re multi-tabling. It is so involving that few players, at times, even forget to eat their meals and sleep.
In the game of online poker, it is also quite likely that you stop having fun but continue to play only because you want to prove a point and recover all that you have lost. You get emotionally involved and this behaviour is a strict no-no since it can trap you in a vicious cycle where you lose more money and your mental balance easily.
If you find yourself losing focus on important tasks when you shouldn't because you're thinking about money won or lost and are itching to get back to playing, it's important to review your approach to the game and make sure you're on the right track with these steps.
Eating and Sleeping well
Fast foods like sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, and finger foods are the favourite choice for poker players. This is because they are easy to eat while playing the game.
However, it is important to focus on what you’re eating and ensure that you eat a wholesome meal. You must not rush and spend time with your family as you eat a balanced diet.
Some tournaments can take up the time of an important meal and you don’t want to give up massive winnings, which is why you’ll just look to scarf down your meal as fast as possible. Even though this is acceptable, you need to ensure that it does not happen too often.
Your sleep also holds incredible importance. If you haven’t slept well, your mind will never be fresh and chances of you making hasty, irritable decisions are high. You must get 6 to 8 hours of sleep. If you have a tournament scheduled, you must finish other activities accordingly.
The quality of sleep is also vital. You must not keep thinking about the game as you try to sleep. You need to switch off and enjoy a good night’s sleep so that you are energized for the next day’s games.
If you know that a tournament is scheduled to start late and is expected to go on for too long, play it only when you know that you don’t have anything urgent the next day.
You must also rest your eyes since glueing them to the screen for long hours can cause strain and fatigue.
A professional poker player’s lifestyle can go very wrong if not regularised responsibly. So it’s best to keep monitoring your eating and sleeping habits if you really want to enjoy your hard-earned poker earnings.
One of the other vital things to take care of is your physical health. Your posture while playing, the distance between your eyes and the screen, and the use of your hands must all be watched to ensure that you don’t suffer from any pains or strains.
Keep taking breaks in between. Get up, stretch your body, go for a walk, and keep yourself active. You must get blood pumping into your body. Make sure you keep taking water breaks and have a bottle of water next to you to stay hydrated.
If you plan to play for long hours or already do, it's important to get physical exercise to maximise the benefits of grinding.
Participate in other Activities
Poker is a world in itself. Math, game theory, psychology etc. the learning process is one of the many things that get people into it.
One can spend hours talking about it and with a thriving community, it's something that can eat up a lot of your time.
Even though it's a great thing with many benefits, it’s important not to lose focus on other activities in life. Prioritise tasks and plan your day accordingly.
You cannot leave your children unattended or ignore your household responsibilities as you remain busy playing the game. You cannot be sleeping at your work desk because you were enjoying a tournament the previous night. You need to give every aspect of your life importance.
Consider tomorrow is Day 1 of refreshing your lifestyle. Here’s what you need to do first:
- Get your sleeping pattern on the right track. Get at least 6 to 8 hours of sleep.
- Sit back and enjoy wholesome meals with your family.
- Never gobble down your food when you’re in a hurry.
- Exercise regularly.
- While playing for long hours, stay hydrated and take breaks.
Online poker demands a certain lifestyle for you to follow which can be owned like a pro with the right kind of food, sleeping habits and discipline.
So, remember to manage your time and set aside a particular number of hours that you will spend on playing poker for fun. Make sure you stick to what you have decided.