Something not often spoken about is the quality of our relationships and the impact they have on our mental health. If you make sure that the social connections around you are positive and enjoyable, they’ll provide you with good energy and experiences, which will make you feel good about yourself.

When you’re appreciated and have support, your self-image and mental health are positively reinforced, increasing feelings of happiness and self-worth. This helps prevent stress while allowing you to be more productive, giving you the mental energy to focus better, especially when it comes to increased gaming performance.

To achieve building stronger, broader social connections, put more emphasis on the relationships in your life, in- or outside of the game. This could be your family, friends, teammates, colleagues or the wider community. It can be hard to find the time to connect with people on a social level, especially when you’re a passionate esports athlete looking to invest their time in training. But however busy you are, try putting an increased effort into strengthening these bonds as it will support the development of your mental strength, which goes a long way in improving performance. 

When it comes to gameplay, remember that team bonding is the most efficient way to connect with others and, ultimately, will enhance overall player performance across your entire team. After all, it’s not only you who wins championships; it’s a team effort.