An imbalance in the body’s autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for regulating bodily functions and hormone production, can have a monumental impact on your long-term health. And the scary thing is, we might not even recognise it as you can’t see or feel a hormonal imbalance in the same way you can a physical injury. The symptoms, which include mood swings, lack of concentration, indigestion and poor sleep, can often lead to anxiety, low energy, low libido, bad skin, feeling tired or having an irregular heart rate when experienced regularly. 

To combat this, we must focus on activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the “rest-and-digest” processes of the body, allowing things like the digestive system and the immune system to function properly. It's the opposite of the fight-or-flight response of the sympathetic nervous system and is all about being calm, allowing your body to rest and recover.

Knowing and understanding how esports affects the nervous system, it’s therefore relevant to consider the amount of time you spend training in front of the computer. With the constant, intense demands gaming puts on the body and mind, there’s an increased need for gamers to integrate destressing routines and habits to help them rest and relax after gameplay. Proper nutrition, exercise, meditation and breathing exercises are some of the best ways to do this as they'll activate the rest-and-digest system to restore hormone balances and contribute to a healthier lifestyle.