With many mind-boggling changes that Valorant players witness everyday, and the fact that the release of Remastered represents a new era of the game, it is inevitable for players like us go become bewildered and even demoralized. Thus, we do hope that this piece, entitled “Valorant Mental Health”, is going to be useful for everyone!
PREPARE WITH THE END IN MIND
While it is true that Valorant can be a crazy and wacky game that seems to be insurmountable at times, there are always ways in order to overcome this wall. There are a ton of guides out there on Reddit, on the groups, on YouTube, and on other websites – find the one which suits you the most!
Study the maps. Optimize your roles, agents, and weapons. Watch better players as they navigate through different plays and setups. Think of situations beforehand, and apply your best shots accordingly – you’ll see that meaningful games make up for a more enjoyable Valorant experience!
MEDITATE BEFORE A BATTLE
Familiarity, routine, comfort, and relaxation helps in making one’s mind ready for the battles ahead.
Meditation can mean many ways: keeping silence, eating chocolate, closing one’s eyes…as long as these stuff help you gain that “calm” state before a game, go ahead and do it!
TALK ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS AND MENTAL HEALTH IN VALORANT
Cry. Vent it out. Talk with your friends. Communicate with your clanmates. It is okay not to be okay.
EAT PROPERLY, DRINK RESPONSIBLY, STAY ACTIVE
Do not miss your meals, eat something nice, and make sure to keep your body healthy. Try to drink from 6-12 glasses of liquids a day (minus ones that have caffeine). Also try to exercise, stand up, take a walk – all of these will improve your overall game.
Eating, drinking, and staying well do pay wonders for your game – you use your brain, heart, and fingers to play Valorant, right?
After all, if you are not healthy, how will you rise to the top of the Valorant food chain? How will you come to Radiant?
TAKE A BREAK: TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IN VALORANT!
Let’s be real, players need to have a break – both literally and also figuratively from the game. Stay away from your device for 20 seconds every 20 minutes (I think the buy round gives you enough time to do that more or less), and make sure that you take a 10-minute timeout every two hours. This will help rest your eyes, brain, and allow you to focus for further battles.
In addition, toxicity in the game is always a reality. After all, we are talking about thousands of players fighting for their places in the highest leagues of the game, as well as teams who are joining multiple tournament scenes and clans trying to maintain their rankings all at the same time. There will be hot heads.
In this case, just don’t play Valorant for a day. Find something else that is not related to the game: Your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it.
STEP BACK WHEN TILTED
It is also unavoidable for us players to have bad days. It is also hard to keep our emotions in control when we have a losing streak; after all, we face insurmountable odds a lot of times.
Instead of raging and becoming toxic and smashing it on social media – being a crybaby or “iyakin” in the process, just take a step back and avoid the game for a while.
Playing with a cooler head usually leads to a better gaming experience overall.
ENJOY THE GAME: MENTAL HEALTH IN VALORANT IS IMPORTANT!
There’s another reality that we should consider: Unless you plan to become the number one player or team in the game, relax and enjoy the show! It’s going to be inevitable that we will have a lot of bad days in the game, due to its identity as a free-to-play, competitive online game.
Just enjoy the game. If you don’t, it’s okay; it’s not the end of the world!
Hopefully, after reading and going through this one called “Valorant Mental Health,” you’ll be able to have the extra mental edge in order to elevate your game and hopefully win!
About the Iyakin
Earl Carlo Guevarra, 27 and a proud Zamboangueño, is a teacher of English based in the heart of Manila. When he’s not teaching children the fundamentals of grammar, he writes essays and poems, many of which have been published locally and internationally. He also loves fruit shakes and video games.
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