This is a discussion on Turning off within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; I was replying to another thread and it reminded me of one questions I have yet to find an answer for.
How do you turn off
I was replying to another thread and it reminded me of one questions I have yet to find an answer for.
How do you turn off after a long days poker?
I have found specifically playing live but also happens in online that after a long days playing poker I find it hard to winding down. I tend to reply hands that I did not do well in, how I could of avoided bad beat X or should of have value betted more in hand Y.
I have seen guys turn to drink and in some cases drugs (no judgement) however I have seen the effects this has the next day and reliance on these grow over time.
So I ask you all, what do you use to turn off after a long session of poker and if you do use alcohol or drugs what how do you it in check? Or do you think someone should even be playing if it causes this kind of stress on their system?
I'm really interest to hear all your thought on this?
I have trouble turning my brain off in general. Its been a big part of being a borderline insomniac for the better part of my life.
For me its all about distractions. I usually fall asleep on the couch with the TV going. And when I do actually go to bed, I put music on. When I find my mind racing, I focus on the music and count beats, or something like that. It gets me away from my thoughts of hands, or conversations, or the next day's plan, or a client meeting, or upcoming gig, or whatever else my brain is going on about.
I'm also not the type that can come home from a late night and just go to bed. I need that wind down.
I don't usually have a problem turning it off. No alcohol or drugs necessary. Just move on to something else. When my brain says it's tired of playing, I try to listen. Once the last game is over I log-out immediately. That's probably the only time I don't self-critique after a hand. Close & go. Compartmentalization is key.
I definately smoke quite a bit of pot ... but other than that I like to play some video games to wind down and let my emotions cool off a bit. I have also found working out to be a thing that works to help me wind down after a session, a good late night jog or weights can get that pent up energy out and let your body relax.
Try some things, find what works best for you. Will be different for everyone
It is important to lead a balanced life when you dedicate many hours to poker, in order to keep sedentary or stress away, and also giving rise to other personal occupations.
Personally I don't let my sessions end at night because this affects my sleep, Once I finish the session I move away from any screen (TV, PC, Smartphone) because it is not healthy to leave playing poker and sit and watch TV or Facebook, finally I do my exercise routines and end with a good bath. In my opinion this is the recipe for success.
Obviously, sometimes it is better to take a break than day-to-day forcing yourself to keep playing. For me the break has always been helpful. After the break, I gradually increase the load and in 1-2 days I completely regain my strength.
I do not use alcohol and drugs and do not recommend anyone. I have never heard of successful players using drugs and alcohol. I play poker for fun, so after the break, I can easily start playing again.
Sometimes when i directly go to bed after session (which is frequent because i play after work usually) it takes me some time to fall asleep but generally it is not a problem. Maybe it is because i have worked many years at night shifts and there you either learn to sleep at any time and place or quit. Anyway you can try following approach:
1. Get out from the PC or leave the phone
2. Open a bottle of beer (just one maximum two)
3. Listen to some music or watch some TV while drinking the beer
4. Go to sleep after you have finished the beer