5 Ways to take the STRESS OUT of Sports Betting

January 28, 2009 by Zen  
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In all my years of gambling I’ve come to realize that there are times when your blood pressure will go through the roof and you’ll feel like you’re having a heart attack. There are other times where you’ll feel like you’re the king of the world, and you won’t have a worry in the world. Of course, highs and lows aren’t only to be found in the world of sports betting, but in every aspect of life. Gambling simply takes these emotions to the extreme.

I’ve come up with several practical ways to handle the stress that sports-betting throws at you. Just as a disciplined gambler sticks to a money management system consistently, so too should you incorporate these 5 things into your life regularly.

1. Let the chips fall where they may

If you can learn to incorporate this attitude into your life, you’ll find that success naturally comes to you. Realize that each action you take in life carries with it an infinite amount of unknown variables. Life itself is a walk into the abyss of the unknown. This is never truer than in the case of sports-betting. Anything can happen. Once you place a bet you should adopt the attitude that win or lose you’ve made the right decision, and that you’re going to stop thinking about it. Personally, I find it best to NOT watch a sports game that I’m betting on. This isn’t to say that you don’t do a large amount of research into the plays you’re making, but that after doing all this research you trust yourself and your decisions.

“Beneath sensation and memory
The Way is the source of all the world.
How can I understand the source of the world?
By accepting.”

Acceptance of unforeseen situations is a valuable skill that I’ve learned to use in my life. All it takes is deciding that you’ll accept and deal with situations as they arise. You have to learn to accept losses the same way you accept winning. Once this happens, you’ll live in abundance. Release the firm grip of control that you hold on the world and understand that the universe will provide for you in the same way it provides for a flower.

2. Meditate 30 Minutes a day

I don’t mean to sound like a tree hugger by recommending this but its something I’ve found works wonders for not only increasing the chances of winning bets but also for eliminating negative thought patterns that can arise from gambling. There are a variety of different forms of meditation, and the one you choose matters not so much as how consistent you are in your practice. I personally use a breath meditation, where I sit in the half lotus position on a small cushion and simply focus on the diaphragm pushing in when exhaling, and inhaling naturally. There should be no pauses between the breath, and it should flow slowly and naturally. Just focus on the diaphragm pushing in and exhaling completely. Start off by doing 15 minutes of meditation a day and slowly increase this to 30 minutes a day. In the near future Mike and I will be writing an article on how to use your meditation to increase your chances of winning, and also an article on how to get over any problems that arise with meditation.

3. Trust the System and Let Go

I don’t mean put blind faith in our system or any other system, but rather after you find a winning money management and sports betting system you stick with it and trust it to make you money. If you’re always second guessing bets, or you’re throwing your money management system out the window to go with hunches, you’re bound to lose money.   Casinos love people who follow hunches and continue throwing down money when they’re already down thousands of dollars. If you’re this type of person, stop gambling immediately. When I developed this system years back, I decided to test it out for a month with small amounts of money. After a month, I checked my progress and realized I made a good profit. I then proceeded to tweak the system in certain ways, and found that  although my profit decreased by a small amount, my risk went down as well. I realized that I’d developed a winning money management system, and it was then that I put my trust in the system. I expect everyone starting out with zen-money to do a little testing before putting in the big bucks. Start off with a $50 bankroll for a month, and when you see you’re making a consistent profit, up your bankroll. You’ll find that after a year, you’ve made a good amount of money. We’re here to help make you money, if you find that you aren’t making money with us, I encourage you to stop reading our articles.  Unlike other websites that attempt to charge ridiculous amounts of money for sports picks and betting systems, we’re giving this out for a very small fee. We want people visiting our website to consistently make money… this is the end goal of what we do. Trusting your decision to stick with a system will eliminate tons of stress from betting.

4. Exercise at least three times a week

Exercise and being healthy is definitely important for eliminating the stress that can arise from gambling. If you smoke, you should definitely work on cutting out this habit (a good way can be by starting to meditate daily).  Studies have linked exercise with releasing endorphins, testosterone, serotonin, and if its strenous enough you will get something called a runner’s high (natural opiates being released into your body). These are all great things when it comes to eliminating stress. I’d recommend doing at least 45 minutes of exercise daily.  Personally, I’ll do 45-60 minutes of weight lifting every second day, and 45 minutes of cardio the other days of the week.  I eat whatever I want, but I also have at least one green smoothie once per day. For the green smoothies just purchase a couple of bananas, some containers of prewashed spinach, and a big bowl of precut fruit.  Put some of the fruit in the blender first, then two bananas, two small handfuls of spinach, and add a little less than two cups of water. I’ll drink this whole concoction right after waking up, and find that it keeps me going throughout the day. When you’re healthy you’re bound to be less affected by the outcome of individual bets.

5. Do what you love — Live in the Moment

I don’t mean quit your 9-5 job or anything extreme like that (although it might be a good idea in some circumstances).  But everyday you should incorporate what you love to do in your life. It will definitely do the trick of taking your mind off your pending sports bets.  I know many people have a difficult time finding out what they’re passionate about.  I used to be one of those people, and I know Mike was as well.  One day I decided that I was going to try out a whole bunch of different activities (rock climbing, skydiving, scuba diving, muay thai, etc…) and figure out what it is I loved to do.  I did just that, and now I have a whole bunch of hobbies that bring joy to my life. However, sometimes the simplest things can be the best; helping others is something I love to do. Make it a habit to participate in one random act of kindness daily (whether its telling a woman she’s beautiful, or holding the door open for an elderly person), you’ll find that you can’t help but be happy with the way you live life.  Also, stop projecting your thoughts into the future or the past. Try to focus your attention in the present moment and you’ll discover a joy to life you never knew you had.

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