Your brain needs to be on top form if you want to perform at your very best. One thing to remember is that mental strength is just as, if not more important than raw skill: you can't control the game if you don't have control of yourself,

Mentally strong players don’t underachieve; they’re skillful, whereas mentally weak players are rarely successful. Yet even the most experienced athletes don't necessarily master the mental side of competition.

Mastering your mental narrative during gameplay requires self-knowledge. This is the basis of mental wellbeing and thus massively impacts performance. To increase self-knowledge, try observing yourself first and learn how your specific emotions activate certain thoughts and actions.

It’s important to note that our own traits and personalities need to be recognised for us to make positive changes to them. This is because self image dictates resilience, how we interpret situations and tolerate disappointments. A key component here is self-knowledge and awareness of one's inner speech - that is, how we talk to ourselves. Self worth, expectations, social code of conduct and the ability to feel empathy are all rooted in this. Psychologically, we can't control or work on anything that we’re unaware of, so to improve your self-knowledge, try mapping out your inner speech.

By being aware of the mental side of gaming, improving your self image, and learning how to work with your own thoughts, you’ll vastly improve your ability to cope with pressure, which leads to enhanced gaming performance.