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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Noah (facilitator) » Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:37 pm

What a great list!! Thanks for sharing this. :o
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby victorial » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:43 pm

I made a list this morning two categories: Free Things To do: visit friends and family; go for a walk; go to local tourist sites like river,lookout;visit the cemetry and look after loved ones graves and talk to them;window shop; picnic with a loved one in the park; ............... Cheap things to do: second hand book shop,movies either austair,streaming or cinema;visit vinnies or sallies,go to a local zoo or animal park,tip shop; pool or beach.I made this list because I am trying to save this year for the things that I need to do instead of trying to win them...which rarely works.I do my household and gardening chores but I find them isolationist and mundane I get some satisfaction from a clean house and tidy garden but I cannot make them my passion.I find I need to be out of the house at times and am trying to find places to go which will fulfill me and give me food for thought.I think I am creative but have never really explored that side .I am reading shakespeare and the new testamant at the moment,dont ask me why probably they are the only books in the house that I havnt fully explored.
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby pamela » Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:07 am

Hi Victorial ..that is a good list ..if you are creative why not try and enrol in a drawing/painting/writing class and see if that is what you would like to do.
There are lots of free activities to do ...any activity is better than gambling..the hard thing is not letting gambling intrude your thoughts all the time..good luck and stay focused
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby victorial » Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:23 am

Hi Pamela, its a funny thing but I actually started to lay the foundations for a book based on a dream I had yesterday, have not attempted to write much before so I think I will take your advise and try and find a writing class thankyou ,as you say any activity without gambling is a good one.Its amazing now that I am freeing my mind up from thoughts of gambling I am actually quite excited about the endless possibilities available to me
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby annnie » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:02 am

Hi Victoria,

Find a place and make it yours, a tree in the park ( take a folding chair & picnic lunch ) and write/ read. Don't forget about the library ( free books )
also there's a website for free events in many areas. Sometimes we just have to make an effort as it is too easy to not too, then we get bored and the wrong thoughts come into play.

Old photos can go into an album if they are sitting in boxes. Create a book of family favourite recipes for the children, there will come a day when they will be cooking for you ( as with my parents ) and there will be requests and questions from the cook. I wish I had taken a video of my mother cooking ( European baking ) when she could as it would be so helpful although I have got my head around most recipes now. take photos of the finished recipe and buy a blank paged book to give as a gift one day. I just used plastic folders and ran the recipe off computer from ms word document.

Finding things that are mentally stimulating and challenging can help also eg online scrabble etc.. I love bunnings, the sausage sizzle and free DIY classes, something to get out of the house for , no intentions of buying anything or taking up a new project that costs $. (Memo to self , could do with a new parsley plant )

Markets are good for a walk & fresh air , don't have to buy anything , just to get out and have a walk, taste all the nice things on offer, take a drink with you. I have fallen in the past for buying the products now just taste and consider for the future ( about 10 yrs or so !!!)

Another activity could be to email all friends/family and add an updated photo. ( Not long since Christmas, pencil in for later in the year )

Writing your book sounds great , just write it for now, it can be tweeked (?) later via a writing class.

Walking is great for clearing the head and treating depression.

Volunteering can be very rewarding and helps with self esteem and confidence.

Invite people over, all must bring a plate and byo drinks and bring back the board games !!!! we loose touch with others so easily whilst gambling.
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby victorial » Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:16 am

oh Annie how positive your post was ,you really are a help,your insights on making the effort to do something are quite right.I dont know if my problem is laziness or depression but there are many days when I havnt left the house or seen anyone ,I just couldnt be bothered,many days when Ive just laid all day and watched TV,and hate doing that..although thats usually after little sleep the night before because of my copd.But as you say if we are inactive physically and mentally and leaving ourselves unstimulated, we ARE leaving the door open for gambling to creep in,especially when we are in the habit of using that form of entertainment as our stimulant.Its amazing really how quickly we can jump up get dressed and run to the club when we have a bit of cash,but how slowly we react when someone pops in and says :"do you want to come to the markets"".I think finding enthusiam again for the simple things in life is the key,and I think with your suggestions you have nailed that.I love the idea of the special tree in the park ,and I love board games but unfortunately I dont know anyone else who does,or who has the time .I must start entertaining I havnt done it for many years.Thankyou Annie you have really given me food for thought....and hope
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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby blastoise (facilitator) » Wed Jan 25, 2017 11:45 am

These are some great suggestions that I will be taking with! I can knit and I find suffering from anxiety it helps me keep my mind free to wander but my hands busy. There are a range of 'YouTube' videos online that you can use to learn to do so many activities.

I like the idea of picking a place/tree at the park, it is something that I have done in the past with a blanket and just read, ate cheese and relaxed by myself.

Separating activities into free and cost is a great idea, as sometimes money can be an issue. If anyone is keen on looking at courses (short and long), there are a couple of suggestions that I myself have done:

Go to your local council and ask them what activities and courses they run. You'd be surprised by how many things they do, and if they don't have exactly what you want, look over in the next towns council. You can also look online at many council websites in your area. Inbox me if you need a hand with this, happy to help.

Another suggestion is https://www.open2study.com/ they have courses online
Another personal favourite is https://www.futurelearn.com/

I think I'll do some reading at the park this afternoon in a chair actually!

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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby User 586eee5282d07 » Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:40 pm

Hi Blastoise, just wanted to thank you for the links in your above post. There are so many free on line courses to choose from. I have registered for a mindfulness and wellbing course. Can't wait to start.


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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby blastoise (facilitator) » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:49 am

HI Sandra,

YAY, the mindfulness one is great, I thought I would struggle to commit but it was a great way to introduce something into me regime to manage my anxiety and clear my mind. Let us know how you go!


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Re: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Spendthrift » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:15 pm

I like the Bunnings workshop idea, I have always meant to do that and you just reminded me, Thankyou.

The problem at the moment Is that it is so hot that it is hard to stay at home and do the things I should do - like housework etc, and the casino is air conditioned and has cheap food and drinks (unfortunately I probably spend a lot more if I go there.

I have joined a fitness passport which is less than $12 a week and I have already gone to the gym a few times and taken a few classes - yoga, Pilates and body combat. Unfortunately the yoga was quite hard instead of relaxing! So not free, but a lot cheaper than one visit to the casino and the gyms are air conditioned. I can go to more than one gym and swimming pools, so it is great value.

I really enjoy going to brekky near our beach or for a coffee but don't have people to do this with regularly, which is another reason I go to the casino as my mum likes to go there or I can go by myself.

I have been seeing bands a bit lately - I flew down south to see 2 bands, will go to a local folk club on Thursday night as a friend is going with her family (it is child friendly) and have been invited to a local festival in a month or so. I'm also looking for someone to see a visiting band with me in a couple of months - making an effort to get out to live music but it is hard at my age finding friends to go with.

I could spend more time at home improving my environment but that might have to wait until the weather is cooler. There is Also work! I do also dream of being a crime writer, or writer of mysteries.

markets - we have a vintage market, renegade handmade market and cotter's market, but these are very hot at the moment so I have stopped going recently, as they are outdoors.

Thanks for the ideas and for prompting me to think of activities and be more positive.

-Love the learning musical instrument idea, although I worry that I am too old.
-I also liked the drawing/painting class idea and have been thinking of doing this although I am not a good artist
- go to a park of beach etc and paint or draw
-Dancing. (even to music at home while doing housework)
-Listen to music - this is one of the easiest ways to lift your mood and get motivated to do things.
-Research any of your desired topics on the Internet or at the library,
-Libraries often have free workshops and events you can attend
-Join a book club - ask at the library
- reading, as someone else mentioned, takes us into other worlds
-Watch a movie
-Visit local events such as food truck fiestas, cultural fests, eco fiestas and Chinese New Year festivals
-Hike or walk along the beach in bare feet
-Learn a new app
-start a blog
-get out and take photos
-Social networking
- visit an art gallery if there Is one nearby
- go camping
- dream and remember what you used to dream about doing, can you make an old dream a reality?
- catch up with friends or relatives you haven't seen in a while - even on the phone or with Skype.
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