\ Mental Health Matters. | Halocline

My name is Jessica Koulabouth, not only am I the Social Media manager for HLCG, but I’m also the in house Sports Psychologist. Video games have always been a significant part of my life. When things got rough, gaming was my means to escape the everyday grind and decompress with friends. Until recently I had always played recreationally, but with the release of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a whole new world of competitive gaming was opened to me. While this revelation was exciting and exposed me to a wonderful community I had never expected to be a part of, I quickly learned how rigorous and taxing a life in competitive gaming can be…

I honestly did not know much about eSports at first. Having spent 15 years playing Soccer all the way through the collegiate level I was no novice when it came to athletic competition, and there is no doubt in my mind that these eSports players are athletes. In addition to my athletics background, I have a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and a Master’s in Science focused in Sports Psychology, so I understand the importance of the mental component of competition, something often overlooked in the eSports arena.

The consensus is that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something, but what can really separate an athlete from the rest of the pack is not simply their physical skill level or how long they train. Just as, or even more important, is how well they can handle the mentally taxing aspects, whether it be stress, pressure or life in general. I hope to share my knowledge and mental training acumen to help better elevate eSport athletes to their fullest potentials, and give them an edge on their opponents, and perhaps more importantly, their own unhealthy mental habits.

Through the articles and videos provided here, I hope that we can help anyone who is wanting to take their game, or themselves, to the next level!


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