How to Stay Calm While Playing Video Games

Video games can be fun but also have the potential to be frustrating, especially if you play competitive matches. If you're trying to climb the leaderboard, you are likely to take each loss personally. This can lead to angry outbursts which disturb your upstairs parents, roommates, or spouse.

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Here are some tips to stay calm during intense gaming moments.

When you lose a match and feel yourself getting frustrated, stand up and walk away from the game for a minute, maybe even go outside. Close your eyes and take some deep breaths to calm yourself down. Make sure to inhale and exhale slowly and calmly. When you feel your frustration has subsided, allow yourself to continue gaming.

If you've tried this method and still feel angry at your loss, try yelling into a pillow. This will muffle any noises and won't disturb others in your home. Getting your frustration out this way can feel satisfying and can allow intense emotions to be vented.

Finally, consider turning off your device and taking a break from the game. You'll save on electricity and can take time to wind down and relax. Those sharing your home will be thankful too, as angry outbursts won't disturb them.