Like all things in life, they can start to wear you down. Poker, as wonderful as it is, does not find itself immune to this fact. Join us as we discuss a clever way on how you can avoid poker burnout!
What is “Poker Burnout”?
What a lot of people do not realize is that burnout is something that goes beyond the world of employment. The term ‘burnout’ is what is called as a complete and total exhaustion of your mental, physical, and even emotional state. This is what happens when a person undergoes a significant and continuous amount of stress.
While it would be nice to think that this is only applicable to something as completely taxing like work, burnout also exists in other facets of our lives. Even with things that we enjoy in our down time.
If you are not familiar with the term, poker burnout refers to the loss of motivation for the game of poker. Just looking at or even thinking of poker will bring on feelings of tiredness or irritation. The game of poker, while can be described as a hobby, can be the source of a significant amount of stress! This is due to the fact that a lot of poker players often use real world money when playing.
While the online world uses virtual chips, they have evolved to the point where they make use of real world money as well. Anything that can cause you to lose a significant amount of money should be taken seriously—hence, the stress. To avoid poker burnout, here is a pretty solid tip for you:
Take a short-term break from cash play
One of the biggest sources of stress is having the goal of earning a lot of money while keeping losses to a minimum. This added stress is something that your system will need to take a break from. A big reason why poker players get exhausted is because of the constant chase for the large pot.
Consider taking a break from cash play. There are now tournaments wherein you can just play to win and not have any money involved. If being away from cash play cannot be done, something is going to have to budge. It is better to take a step back now than to permanently lose the chance to earn again. Even professional players have a secondary source of income.
Reacquainting yourself with the things that made you fall in love with poker to begin with is a good thing to prioritize when you are going to take a break from cash play. Did you find something appealing about figuring out how to get the best hand? Was there a thrill in outwitting an opponent? Try to find it again but at your own slowed down pace.
Reevaluate your priorities in order to make a decision that is best for you as a person and as a player. Poker is not going anywhere so there is no rush. Recover your motivation and poker will be waiting for you.