I realize that no one wants to hear that you are not performing poorly and playing poorly, and for some of you you are not. So here are some tips to help you stay healthy during a losing streak.
Talking to a partner or mentor: Talking to another poker player, especially one who has already been through a rough patch, can be especially helpful. They will know what you are going through and can help you keep things in perspective. A mentor will also be able to tell you if you are playing well or not.
Take a break – Taking a break while on a downhill can keep you healthy, as picking up a bad pace after a bad hit can be daunting and depressing. The breaks will also keep your incline to a minimum, which should also minimize the duration of your descent. Take your time and don’t come back until you’re 100% aimless.
Review your hand histories – reviewing your hand histories can be very helpful because you will find that you have been playing well the entire time and are doing everything you can, or that your strategy is slowly changing as a result of running poorly and you need to get back on the right track.
Get carried away with the gambling – this is great advice to keep in mind. Running poorly can make you question everything you have done in poker. Can you really improve your games, are you really profitable, what do I do wrong, etc.? However, when falling for bets, you will face weaker competition that you should be able to crush. Squashing those guys will help regain your confidence.
Get a coach – There are mental trainers who can help you with this aspect of your game. Seriously. The prices are comparable to regular poker training, and you can earn / save as much money as a result of the training.
In general, the most important thing to do in a recession is to keep everything in perspective. You’re losing because it’s supposed to happen, and variations happen to everyone. As soon as you can come to terms with this, and start rolling with the punches, the better it will go for you, and your game of poker.