CHECK IN SPACE: How are you coping with current restrictions?
With everything going on in the world right now, it’s been a pretty challenging time for many people to say the least. This is a unique experience in which everyone is sharing together and most would describe it as a major disruption to their ‘normal’ way of living. Our heads are filled with new information each day which understandably can feel pretty overwhelming.
Although it may not be easy there’s always some room to identify positives where there are negatives. Have you spotted even the smallest positive change since lockdown rules? Have you discovered any new interests or hobbies that you’re thinking of trying out? What’s your idea of self-care for you as an individual?
As you all know, restrictions have affected access to gambling venues. Some people may struggle with this as they may have used gambling as a coping mechanism of some sort or have turned to online forms of gambling, whereas others may classify this restriction as a ‘blessing in disguise’.
So let’s take an opportunity to share with each other what your experience has been during lockdown in relation to gambling. Has this been a kick-start for you to tackle the gambling habit or has it created a spike in your gambling? Has it brought up anything for you in particular that you are struggling with? Have you noticed any dramatic differences i.e. your overall mood, increase in finances, improvement with relationships?
When you think about the current circumstances and you notice the things above, what are your thoughts as we head towards restrictions lifting? What are you most looking forward to? What safety plan do you think would be most helpful to prevent you from going on a gambling binge?
Feel free to share your experiences! If you wish not to answer these direct questions, you are more than welcome to share your general thoughts/feelings about this topic in relation to gambling.
Looking forward to seeing your contributions