Losing, Music, and Attitude
Tiny Tiny Chameleon has a good attitude. Do you?
I've been doing a lot of laddering in StarCraft 2 lately and one of the problems on the ladder is the frustration of losing. It sucks because I know that losing to a random stranger I'll never see again shouldn't be a big deal. I don't get pissed off, but I do end up frustrated because I want to do better. I want to learn more about the game and improve my skills but losing always feels like proof that I'm not skilled at all.
I try not to let losing streaks ruin my day, but I know that not all of my friends can say the same thing. A lot of people let losing get under their skin.
There's a trick I learned to keep me in a good mood. I've done it before with other games, but for some reason I always have to re-discover it when I'm playing something new. The trick is high energy music. I keep the bpm up, the music loud, and my mood soars.
With the beat bumping I can have a horrible loss, rock out to my music for 15 seconds, and move on to the next game. I can shrug off the normal anxiety and anger that comes from a loss. The mood of the music keeps me positive and allows me to ladder for a long time in one sitting.
This works for any competitive game. I recommend it for any PVP that's causing you frustration. Try it out and see if it helps.