Poker Got You Stressed?

Poker Got You Stressed?

Feeling stressed out? Have trouble sleeping? Too many worries? Let’s see. You probably have a job that you work too hard at and get paid too little. You may have a girlfriend that just doesn’t understand the passion that’s involved in poker. “Instead of giving your money to some stupid poker site, why not just give it to me and I’ll buy things I enjoy. Then you get the pleasure of seeing me happy.” Sound familiar? Your family may be driving you nuts. You have too many bills. Gas prices continue to increase. Your allergies are killing you. On top of all this, the game that brings you so much happiness has brought you absolutely nothing for the last 2 weeks. Can you say drought? You’re stressed man. Relax. You’re not only slowly killing yourself, but you’re killing your brain cells.

Stress

Stress isn’t only considered a risk factor for many medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, but it’s also been shown to decrease cognition and memory. If you are serious about poker, no buy adderall online  matter how passionate you are, you HAVE to minimize the level of stress in your life. If not, you’re destined for failure. If you can answer yes to any of the questions above, I highly encourage you to read on. Not only may your game depend on, but so may your life. And that’s not an exaggeration.

What is stress

Stress, when controlled, is actually a normal physiological response that helps the body in times of need. I’m sure you’ve heard of the flight-or-fight response. That’s stress, the good stress. When you’re in danger, your body releases hormones called catecholamines (noradrenaline and adrenaline) to protect you. Your blood pressure rises, your heart pumps faster, your lungs receive more oxygen, your blood sugar increases, and you become extremely focused and alert. Blood, carrying oxygen and energy sources, is diverted to the most important organs: brain, heart, lungs, and muscles. Think of everything that would happen if you were being chased by a lion. That’s your fight-or-flight response. It’s definitely a good thing. In fact, it’s so good that the pharmaceutical and dietary supplement companies have made various compounds that mimic the actions of catecholamines. You’ve probably heard of some of them: caffeine, ephedra, Ritalin, Adderall, etc.

Evolution

However, we’re no longer getting chased by lions or bears. We no longer experience the same stressors our ancestors experienced. We’ve evolved into more complex human beings. We’ve exchanged spears for pencils. However, our emergency response system has not. Now stress is worry. Stress is fear. Stress is pain. Stress is every day life. What was once a life or death situation is now an argument with our spouse or a big mistake during a critical moment of a huge game. Our emergency response system thinks we’re constantly getting chased by lions and bears. Welcome to the world of cortisol.

Cortisol

During prolonged periods of stress, the body stops relying on catecholamines, and switches to cortisol for support. Because the body thinks it’s in a life or death situation, cortisol must provide a number of different functions:

Increases blood sugar levels by breaking down fats and proteins thereby providing an adequate amount of energy

Provides anti-inflammatory effects

Increases blood pressure and the strengthens the contractions of the heart so the body receives an adequate supply of blood

Stimulates the brain so you’re more focused and alert