You need to keep a clear mind 100% of the time when you’re gambling. Anything short of this is going to cost you money. Every time you let down your guard you’re more likely to make a mistake.
The good news is there are many different techniques you can use to keep a cool head. In this article I give you five different ways to calm your mind when you’re gambling.
You can use one of these techniques, or you can combine two or more of them to make sure you have multiple tools to use when you start losing control.
Control Your Breathing
The best technique I’ve found for keeping a calm mind when gambling for real money is to control my breathing. This might work well for you or one of the other techniques in this article might work better. This is simply the one that works best for me, so I listed it first.
Controlling your breathing does two important things when you’re trying to calm your mind. The first thing it does is takes your min doff whatever is threatening your calmness. If you can simply stop thinking about what’s bothering you it’s easier to get your mind calm again.
The second thing controlling your breathing does is helps slow your breathing down. As you get control of your breathing you’re taking control of your mind and body at the same time. Both of these things help your mind remain calm.
Controlling your breathing isn’t easy the first time you try to do it. But if you practice it often you learn how to do it faster. This is a technique that athletes use in competition to control their emotions. Start practicing breathing control even when you’re not gambling.
Anytime you get in a stressful situation start focusing on your breathing. Practice this until you can quickly do it whenever you need to. This is a great way to reduce your stress and keep a calm mind.
Take a Walk Away From the Casino Games
The next time you start getting stressed out and/or feel your mind starting to move away from being calm, stop what you’re doing and take a quick walk. This is an almost sure way to get your mind back to the calm that you need to make good gambling decisions.
Just like learning how to control your breathing, taking a quick walk does two things to help you calm your mind. The first thing it does is put your body in motion. It’s usually not a strenuous exercise to take a walk, but it’s still a form of exercise.
Even if you’re not in danger of losing control of your mind or losing focus when you’re gambling, you should still take walks frequently. Most forms of gambling involve sitting around so you don’t get good circulation.
When you take a walk it helps get more oxygen to your brain, which helps you make better decisions. The casino games are still going to be there when you get back, so schedule frequent walks when you’re gambling.
Understand the Gambling Odds Completely
Do you know how much you can expect to win or lose when you gamble? Most gamblers have no idea how to answer this question. They hope they win, but they don’t have a plan and they don’t know if they’re going to win or lose.
Gamblers who completely understand how gambling works, and more importantly how the casinos make money from gamblers, can predict how much they can expect to win or lose every time they gamble.
They also understand that no matter what, sometimes they’re going to win and sometimes they’re going to lose. This is how gambling works. If nobody ever won at the casino, people would stop gong to the casino. But if the casinos didn’t make money overall they’d go out of business.
The more you learn about gambling and how it works the more calm you can keep your mind. So what if you lost four hands in a row playing blackjack? You know this happens often, and you’re probably going to win three or four hands in a row soon.
Knowledge gives you the power to know what to expect, so your mind can remain calm. Learning everything there is to know about casino games and how they work also helps you improve your chance of winning every time you gamble.
Build a Happy Place in Your Mind
If you’ve ever watched the funny film Happy Gilmore you know the main character has built a happy place in his mind. When things aren’t going his way he goes to his happy place.
This is funny in the movie, but don’t discount how useful it can be to build your own happy place. You have complete control of your mind, so you can build a happy place if you want to. And you can use it anytime you need to or want to use it.
One way to use this technique is to build a virtual house in your mind and store a different happy memory in each room. You can make the house as big as you need it to be. When you need to calm your mind, simply go to the house in your mind and visit rooms until you return to a calm state of mind.
Another technique is one I saw on a Sherlock episode. Sherlock uses a memory technique called a mind palace. He uses it to organize and store information so he can remember more and quickly access what he needs.
You can use the mind palace technique to store memories for your happy place. I know that using a happy place might sound silly, but don’t knock it until you’ve tries it. You might just find that it’s the best way to be a happier gambler.
The most well known way to calm your mind is meditation. Most people think of meditation as sitting still with your eyes close where there isn’t any noise. This is kind of difficult if you’re gambling, but there are more than one ways to meditate.
You can learn how to use a fast meditation technique that you can use anywhere and anytime. Some people even use a fast meditation technique when they’re driving a car.
Just like using a happy place in your mind, there isn’t a single best way to use meditation and there isn’t a wrong way to use it. Figure out what works best for your purposes and use it.
You don’t have to share what you’re doing with anyone else if you don’t want to. I use meditation at times, but I use it the more traditional way to clear my mind before performing a complicated or challenging task.
Calming your mind when you’re gambling is 100% about finding what works best for you. The thing that works best for you might be listed in this article, but it might be something entirely different. The important thing is to realize that you need a way to keep your mind calm when you’re gambling, and understand the psychology of gambling.
Keeping a calm mind is important when you’re gambling. When you don’t have a calm mind it can quickly lead to mistakes that cost you money. Use the 5 tips in this article to help you keep your mind calm.
Controlling your breathing is a good place to start. You can also take a short break and get a little exercise. A quick walk can do wonders when it comes to keeping a clear head.
If you understand how gambling works it helps you ride out the ups and downs, because you expect them to happen. Finally, use meditation and/or build a happy place in your mind to remain calm at all times.