This is a discussion on preparation for the game within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; Are you prepared mentally and physically before a tournament or cash game? what is needed for this?
The most important thing is to do everything before the start of the tournament so that nothing distracts you during the game. Turn on your favorite music to cheer you up and make tea or coffee. I do not recommend eating during the game !!!
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You need to be prepared to win, but also to lose. The idea is to play calmly and safely, but you should not be afraid of losing because that is normal to happen here.
You may have played an excellent hand but you were not lucky enough to win it. I think the key is to control emotions. If you can master that aspect, it will be easier for you to improve as a poker player.
when I feel like I can't play my A game anymore. I watch a strategic video before the start of my game to help me play my level of games. when I'm not motivating or not in a good mood. I repeat the same sentence for several minutes to change my state of mind. like "I'm happy" or "I'm the best poker player in the world". it helps me a lot to feel good about myself and to start my game by being very motivated.
Well ... in my personal case I start doing everything I must do before starting to play ... then I take a very refreshing bath to be relaxed ... I prepare cold water and a very cold soda too ... like this as well as some snacks to have during the game ...!