Activities to do instead of gambling!

What are some strategies when trying to quit or cut down? What works for you?

RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby POPEYE » Mon Apr 01, 2013 6:13 pm

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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby BriM » Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:29 am

Bull (6/02/2013)
TLB (4/02/2013)Do you think it's better to take on something that's kind of long-term like learning a musical instrument or a language or joining a sports club, so there's some commitment? Or is it easier if you do something smaller like just go for a walk or to a movie or something? Or do both work?

I'd be interested to hear what has actually worked for people and what people struggle with when they're trying to replace gambling with new things.

Cheers.

T


I thought I replaced gambling with socialising... too bad that 'socialising' involved doing so with friends who talked about and went gambling together.

Guess the morale of this is to be careful what you replace gambling with because it could lead straight back to gambling just as it did with me



Oh, Bull! So you went on that gambling holiday with your mates, huh? What happened?!
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Bull » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:37 pm

TLB (4/02/2013)Do you think it's better to take on something that's kind of long-term like learning a musical instrument or a language or joining a sports club, so there's some commitment? Or is it easier if you do something smaller like just go for a walk or to a movie or something? Or do both work?

I'd be interested to hear what has actually worked for people and what people struggle with when they're trying to replace gambling with new things.

Cheers.

T


I thought I replaced gambling with socialising... too bad that 'socialising' involved doing so with friends who talked about and went gambling together.

Guess the morale of this is to be careful what you replace gambling with because it could lead straight back to gambling just as it did with me


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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby BriM » Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:44 pm

doug (1/02/2013)Brion. you made a good point that i had never reallly tought about.

That being getting stuck on something repetivive.

I will ponder on that, and try to expand my thinking.

Thanks


Hey Doug! Hmm yes. I think getting stuck on something repetitive doesn't have to be a bad thing. I quite like doing mindless things every so often. My mind's so active all the time I like the feeling of "zoning out". I reckon though you can find something productive to zone out on...Origami, ironing...what do you think?

Hey TLB. I think you could do both! it's nice to have a combo of short term and long term to fill all those bits of your brain that want different things!! What works for you? Have you tried anything?
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Stephen M » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:02 pm

Do you think it's better to take on something that's kind of long-term like learning a musical instrument or a language or joining a sports club, so there's some commitment? Or is it easier if you do something smaller like just go for a walk or to a movie or something? Or do both work?

I'd be interested to hear what has actually worked for people and what people struggle with when they're trying to replace gambling with new things.

Cheers.

T
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby doug » Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:58 am

Brion. you made a good point that i had never reallly tought about.

That being getting stuck on something repetivive.

I will ponder on that, and try to expand my thinking.

Thanks
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby BriM » Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:47 pm

Hi Doug, I'm the same as you - a bit of a dreamer, and never happy unless I'm occupied all the time! It can definitely be a challenge, and similarly it can be easy to get 'stuck' on something repetitive - like a game, or gambling. Hmm...I reckon the more active the thing that you're doing, the more easy it is to take your mind off gambling. I personally wouldn't feel restful sitting down to watch a movie - that's why I love running and cooking!

Redav, what are you reading at the moment?
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Redav » Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:58 pm

i read. get a good book and just read. helps me too because i was never good at school and was always a slow reader and speller so reading helps me learn a lot
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby doug » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:47 am

its always been a challenge for me, i'm a dreamer and i truly space off alot. so a 24 hour day for me has to basically used up in all sorts of ways.

i take lots of pictures. listen to alot of music, read some.. water my sunflowers and corn. Watch old westerns. clean house, wash clothes.

go to the beach for like the 1000th time lol. EAT..!!! Spend time with family of course. But its all about keeping my head filled with something,

i've always been a dreamer, fantasy nut/space off. And i will not and don't want to change that.

The challenge is that you have to always have plenty of options that take up alot of time available 24/7 365 days a year.
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RE: Activities to do instead of gambling!

Postby Veronica (facilitator) » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:26 am

Why not leave machines - poker machines, computers, smart phones etc - behind for a bit.

Do a Crossword puzzle.

Play solo card games e.g. Patience

Do a jigsaw puzzle - remember those, they take up hours.

Seeing you like a challenge Bull, how about you get a book of Menza Puzzles
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