If there's one thing that's inevitable in the betting world it's that you're going to have a bad day from time to time. The important thing is not to let it get to you or influence you and affect your decision making. Think about it this way, when I have a bad day on the betting front, a fair few people are there to tell me about it! So yea, it could be worse! Here's a few hints and tips on dealing with those bad days.
1) Discipline / Staking Plan
Regular followers will here me waffle on about staking plans pretty much every day, but that's because they are so important. A staking plan can be the difference between managing your losses and blowing your entire balance on an Azerbaijan U19's match. I highly recommend you check out my staking plan HERE. It really can save you in times of need. Live and breathe it and you won't go far wrong. But there's one thing I can never teach you and that is discipline. You have to learn that yourself and you'll often learn it the hard way if I'm honest.
2) Responsible Gambling Tools
I am a huge promoter of responsible gambling and betting within your means as most of you know, but one thing you might not know is that responsible gambling tools can often help to improve your discipline. If the losses are coming thick and fast and you feel like you're falling down a well of despair, TAKE A BREAK! Nearly every site out there now is complying with UKGC regulations meaning they have to offer tools like "time-outs" or "cool-offs". These allow you to just restrict your account for a certain period of time. Take as long as you need and just step away. Often, things can look a lot different when you're looking at it from the outside with a much clearer train of thought.
3) DON'T CHASE!
I suppose this kind of falls under point 1, but I really wanted to separate it out to just tell you how important it is to NEVER CHASE YOUR LOSSES. If you're following a Staking Plan then the damage can't be that bad, so chill. You'll soon be back in the green providing you stay disciplined, so even if you see a team with 30 shots to 0 and they're even money to win, whacking 50% of your balance on them to win is not a good idea, trust me!
4) Get Busy or Sleep!
Most of you who have been following for a while will notice that my general trend when a bet loses is to move on as quickly as possible. That's not because I don't want to acknowledge my losses, it's because I don't want to dwell on them. If you're in the right frame of mind then it's pretty easy to get over a loss, but after it starts building up you need to get away. Often I'll just go to sleep, get a good nights rest and come back stronger the next day. If it's the middle of the day, do something, keep yourself busy and take your mind off the bad run for a while. There's more important things in life than worrying about this.
How did you get here? How did you turn it around last time? It's important to learn from your mistakes. I'd be a liar if I said I'd never chased a loss in my life, of course I have and that's why I know it's a bad idea. We all make mistakes but it's important to learn from them. Also learn from the bets you've been placing. Has something changed in the markets or teams you're betting on? Have you just started working nights and backing South American teams on your breaks when this wasn't your normal betting pattern. It's all about learning what works for you and learning how to get out of a bad situation. After every win, after every loss, ask yourself if you'd back that bet again and if the answer is no then use it as a learning curve so you don't make the same mistakes again.