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How to Quit Gaming Addiction?

Quitting video gaming can be challenging, especially if it has become a major part of your daily routine or a way to cope with stress or other issues.

Here are some steps you can take to help you quit gaming:

  1. Acknowledge the Problem
    The first step in any behavior change is recognizing and admitting that there’s a problem. Understand that excessive gaming can have negative impacts on various aspects of your life, such as social relationships, physical health, or work/school performance.

  2. Stop Playing or Cutback
    Decide whether you want to quit gaming altogether or cut back. This is the “Achieve before Reward” system, where you must achieve one or more Tasks/Activities to be rewarded with Gaming time. If this isn’t working, you need to consider stopping altogether. 

  3. Identify Triggers
    Understand what triggers your gaming habits. It could be stress, boredom, loneliness, or a specific time of day. Once you’ve identified these triggers, you can work on developing healthier responses.

  4. Find Alternative Activities
    Find other activities that you enjoy, and that can replace gaming. This could be anything from reading, exercising, learning a new skill, or spending time with friends and family.

  5. Limit Exposure
    Uninstall games from your devices, unsubscribe from gaming channels, and avoid environments where you’re likely to game excessively.

  6. Seek Support
    Reach out to supportive friends, family, or join a support group for people struggling with gaming addiction. Sharing your experiences and challenges with others can be very helpful.

  7. Professional Help
    If gaming is significantly impacting your life and you’re struggling to cut back or quit, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. They can provide you with strategies and tools to cope with cravings and make lasting changes.

Remember, it’s okay to ask for help, and it’s okay to have setbacks. Change takes time, and it’s a process.

Read more on “How I Gained Control of My Game Addiction“.


Something to Consider

As seen in the Super Saiyan transformations that come from continual growth, it is also mirrored in human abilities through regular exercise, learning, and engagement in various activities. Yet, many Gamers only apply this to their Virtual character, not their Real-Life ones.

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