Gaming Burnout

The feeling of exhaustion, frustration and boredom experienced by many people in many different ways.

We have all been there at some point when we are spending hours on our favourite games, we work hard on our studies or on a painting or book. There inevitably comes a time when you just don’t feel like it, you don’t pick up the controller, you don’t open your text book or you leave your painting half finished.

Minecraft was the first time I properly saw the extent burnout can affect me, having a list of worlds a mile long all with different half-finished ideas of vastly ambitious scale. It made me realise in a very visual way just how this could be affecting other parts of my life. So here are some top tips to avoid burnout that have worked for me:

  • Pace Yourself. Yes I know you just bought the newest addition to your favourite game franchise but the fact is that if you sink 20 hours or so in the first few days you will quickly get bored, burnout or at the least not enjoy your time as much as you did when the game first loaded and you looked across the digital earth with eager eyes.
  • Mix It Up. ‘Variety is the spice of life’ some people apparently say but it’s true. Break up your revising, your gaming or whatever ways you chose to spend your time and you will find that you will be happier coming back to the task or activity after weeks and weeks without getting bored quickly.
  • Take A Break. Ok I’m guilty of not doing this. Some tasks (like studying) you will find no problem taking a break from but gaming as an example is a whole different problem. Take a step back, the game will be there tomorrow and if you take a step back when you feel yourself getting bored or tired with the game then you can come back to it later feeling fresh and ready to continue.

These are just some of the ways I try to combat Burnout they may not work for everyone. Comment with any other techniques you use!

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