Burnout is something that many, if not all of us, will experience to some degree throughout our life and although it is not currently recognised as a medical condition, the prevalence of the ‘occupational phenomenon’ is on the rise.
Burnout is typically associated with chronic stress or exhaustion and originated from human service professionals, however, the phenomenon spans much wider than this.
Indeed, reports of burnout within esports are at an all time high, but this is no surprise given the growth of investment resulting in more prize money and pressure to win.
Consequently, players are gaming anywhere between 5-15 hours a day which is not only leading to short term burnout but also an increase in the number of players exiting the gaming scene for good.
Despite this, the degree of support provided is not equally matched and the education around workload/stress management is arguably very poor. However, with no current consensus on how to treat burnout, alongside no research into the phenomena within esports collectively, it can be nearly impossible for gamers to know where to turn.
Fortunately, our mission here at G-Science is to eliminate burnout within esports by providing players with the tools and education they need. Below we have provided some of the warning signs of Burnout and how to avoid it all together!
7 Signs of Burnout
- Chronic lack of energy / exhaustion
- Lack of motivation to engage in daily tasks/ feeling amotivated
- Lack of satisfaction from playing
- Consistently feeling that your effort into playing is unrecognised or not paying off
- Persistently irritable / cynical or in a negative mind set
- Inability to concentrate
- Use of drugs or alcohol to to make you feel better or not to feel at all
Tops tips to avoid burnout
- Manage stress: try some relaxation techniques such as mindfulness or meditation. They may help you to put things in perspective and dissociate the stress from playing from everyday life.
- Stay active: exercise has been clinically proven to not only release neurotransmitters such as dopamine which have been proven to promote that ‘feel good feeling’, but also to reduce stress and anxiety which are both linked with burnout . Like stress-management techniques they also help to dissociate from gaming which can be difficult when there is a significant amount of money on the line.
- Get more sleep: if there was one step to try this would be it. The benefits of more sleep are endless, likewise, the toll it takes getting less than 6 hours are exponential.
- Take a break: although you may think it, playing longer doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be better. Take a couple of breaks to let your body rest, the effect it has on your performance may be dramatic…
Hopefully these steps will help you to manage or alleviate some of the signs of burnout, however, if you are experiencing any of the signs above for a significant period of time, we recommended seeing a medical professional as they can offer clinical treatment options if necessary.