Our inability to cope effectively with life’s many stressors can have a massive impact on our performance, especially in gaming. Research has found that when athletes cannot cope with demand, burnout can occur. According to the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology (2002), burnout is achieved when there is too much training stress put on an athlete, including physical, social and emotional, coupled with too little recovery. This type of exhaustion carries several consequences, these are: linearity and unidirectional thinking, breakdown of thinking process, depression and low psychological wellbeing.

For esports, the main stressors include internal expectations such as performing to a certain level and the feeling of expectations to execute a certain skill set, which can easily lead to anxiety and nervousness. Other stressors include criticism, a lack of confidence and shared goals with team mates. These stressors are most prevalent prior and after competition (depending on outcome), and seem to be suppressed during competition.

To avoid burnout as an esports player, try the following:

Know yourself
Understand how you normally respond to stress, this is half the battle.

Don't overdo it
Play within the remit of your capabilities and don’t take on more than you’re used to

Take breaks and be present
Worrying about the future or past can increase stress levels and is unnecessary

Don’t expect too much of yourself
Putting yourself under pressure will only cause you more stress over time

Practice good sleep habits 
Rest is number one important thing for recovery and lowering stress