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  1. Day 1

    Getting ready for work, stopping by quickly to check in for Day 1. Will be more consistent on posting here often, will create a shortcut on the cell to have access on the go.

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  2. Day 0

    Adapted a different way of looking at my gaming sessions through the year. It's not taking a break from games, playing games is my break.

    Finished my 90 day detox late December, and went back to playing Hearthstone. Began gradually, and then got into the competitive scene. This month climbed the ladder exponentially quicker, created friendships with the highest skilled players, and have done well in the tournaments. Getting to this point has demanded more of my time. Learning the matchups, the meta, the long hours with tournaments, the grind in ladder. With each step I climb in the competitive scene, the more I have to put into the game as the opponents put an immense amount of practice and I have to beat that.

    As fun as it has been, it has taken up way more time that I want to devote to the game... to the point I can say that my gaming break has turned detrimental. Proud my gaming break this time has not been as terrible like in the past; in a much better place in life. However, there are goals and ambitions that take priority over being a high skilled/ranked Hearthstone player. Maybe in the future, maybe not, at this moment in life, it is not my priority.

    Today will clean out my devices of HS and getting ready for another detox. See you all tomorrow.

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  3. Day 65

    Took plenty of time off from work during November. Was really great to spend time with family, and strengthen bonds.

    Been chill, will continue to do so. This month going to watch the previous Spider-Man flicks in anticipation of the new movie coming out.

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  4. 2 hours ago, AlexC said:

    "To escape/ignore and not process the situation I feel at that moment", could you share your reason for why you try to escape from the present? My apologies if I misunderstood although it seems your problem was left unchecked. I agree with you, meditation does invoke mindfulness, also awareness.

    Anxiety and boredom. Gaming was an accessible routine.

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  5. Day 19

    Work environment has changed.  The physical and mental demands are greater. During this period of adjustment, taking time to acknowledge when limits have been are being reached. Rest and preparations are helpful for recovery and achieving the energy required to successfully complete all the daily tasks.

    Feeling tired, but still going to go out and make the best of the day.

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  6. Day 18

    Connecting with nature - been spending more time outside getting some sunlight.

    Downtime at home - reading has been a great routine to implement. Whenever an urge to game rises - I've come to realize that it is a need to have a feel good activity. To escape/ignore and not process the situation I feel at that moment. Meditation has been an excellent way to ground and achieve mindfulness.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Kaizal said:

    Still getting reccomended Genshin and Guardian Tales content on Youtube, i'm feeling good today so I didn't even feel like checking the videos. I wonder though if there is any way to get that kind of content out of my feed other than not watching it persistently. Gotten a little behind on my studies so tomorrow going back at it with all my energy.

    Click on the three dots. It will bring down a menu where you can select Not interested and Don't recommend channel.

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  8. Welcome back!


    Having a balance with gaming can be challenging. Can understand what you've gone through. After the  first detox>returned to gaming, but it quickly escalated to several hours devoted everyday. It began to be detrimental since it took up a large portion of my days.

    You've taken the first step. Take it one step at a time. One day at a time.

  9. Day 13-15

    Health, wealth, love.

    Deficiencies in any one of these categories will create problems in the other two.

    Skipped out on attending any family meetings for a whole year; any time that was not with immediate family or work was invested into gaming. While it was enough to get by; it was creating a deficiency in love. This deficiency was ignored, my focus was my digital achievements. 

    “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Viktor Frankl

    Made the choice to attend a family gathering today- bond with my community after being isolated in the virtual world. It was a great experience.

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  10. Day 11

    Looking at my previous journal entries- a lot of unknown regarding stomach issues.

    Learned that it is all due to mitochondrial fatigue. That cellular fatigue can manifest itself into many illnesses - many that conventional science will not acknowledge. It was stressing not knowing what was causing all those problems!

    Come a long way since then and my health has taken an exponential change for the better.  There is a lot of work left; changing lifestyle - a hardcore gamer lifestyle - has taken plenty of trial and error. One day at a time, one change at a time. 

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  11. Day 9

    @Gundham's post about Genshin Impact gacha gamemode resonated with my experience in Hearthstone.

    Games that release content behind paywalls. The illusion of choice is given to the user... pay money and/or your time. Just as long as you're using the product. It can be a frustrating experience in Hearthstone, keeping up to date with the content released and learning the match ups/piloting builds. The anxiety that playing competitive ladder brings..it can take the joy away from playing.
     

    Been changing the environment at home. It has been small but gradual changes that keep adding up one day at a time.
    There are times were I feel comfortable and say that playing one match would not hurt. Acknowledging why that feeling rises - mostly due to routine - and doing something else helps out. It's not always easy decision what to do instead, but something as straightforward as cleaning the dishes helps out.

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  12. 18 hours ago, mrmmartin said:

    Day 18

    Struggled a bit today, diet hasn't been the greatest the last few days and I haven't had energy to go out and exercise.

    Need to get back into a routine.

    Can understand that feeling. Some days are sluggish and it can be difficult commit to do anything.
    Agree with you that building a routine can help alleviate that struggle.

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  13. Day 6/7/8

    Been enjoying sleep.

    Would normally push myself into another match during a ladder grind.

    Reading r/stopgaming - resonated with one post:
    StopGaming can really improve your life. Gaming is bad even if you play just 1 hour a day. Competitive games can seriously hurt yourself - in case of relapses just try to avoid them and play some singleplayers.
     

    Competitive gaming leads to my unhealthy behavior in gaming. Trade in vast amounts of time to refine my skillset.

    As the days pass by during this detox; it will allow myself to create space to acknowledge how I'd like to invest my time.

  14. Day 4

    Had a fun time at a science museum. Also managed to squeeze in a last minute movie, The Addams Family 2, great kids flick.

     

    Day 5

    Feeling tired. Did not sleep well last night - can associate the disturbed sleep due to a late night meal. Routine would usually be some late night gaming and water.  Will meditate and read a book before heading out to work.

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  15. Since the last post, the symptoms from an upper respiratory infection peaked and stayed home for another week. Finished reading Demon Slayer manga series; and made the decision to game again. My preference is to begin at the 1st of a month, and go three months without gaming. Will be returning to gaming early next year.

    Day 1 - 3

    Feels a little unusual not rolling the quests at midnight. It was part of my routine - Hearthstone offers a new quest daily - rolling said quest will offer another one.  First day was mostly work, Saturday went on a movie date and today has been chores that had been put off due to being sick and gaming. Getting over the sickness and not gaming really creates a lot of space. The hours no longer go flying, so being able to fill that the space with healthier options has been great. Been reading the book 1984 by George Orwell. Enjoy reading the book with dystopian music playing to create an indulging mood. The parallels from that book and events going on in real life right now - the phrase "when fiction becomes fact" hits differently now.

    Feeling tired at the moment will read and take a nap to be able to finish the day in a better mood.

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  16. @Gundham

    Thanks for reading my posts. Glad it is helping you on your own journey.

    Day 2-5

    Recommend the website/app RescueTime. Passive way to keep track of time invested.
    Looked over the weekly report - the 50 hours were not just Hearthstone. Half of those hours were invested into YouTube.

    Welp.. YouTube is going to be shelved as well. The only positive resource drawn daily is mediation music to sleep at night. However, there are many others alternatives to get that result.

  17. Day 1

    Time for another 90 day detox. Spent 50+hours/week on Hearthstone. While it has been a fun time, want to use time to evolve my persona outside this virtual bubble.  My goal is to be able to return to HS/gaming with a healthy boundary.

    Compared to the first detox; the relationship with gaming is healthier. HS is a game that can be played while multitasking. Easy to be in a match at work, in the shitter, bored, etc. That time adds up quickly; it's detrimental late at night, when time is traded to grind the competitive ladder instead of rest/sleep.

    Healthy daily practices that have been integrated have been:
    Meditation, stretching, and eating well. Three minute deep breathing exercise, followed by six minutes leg and arms stretches, and getting ready for breakfast. That space was created since sitting down to game IS taxing on body; our bodies have to be maintained just like the virtual avatars we care for. There are still a lot of other healthier habits I'd like to fully integrate, breaking my previous hardcore gamer lifestyle has been a journey. Lot of the time used on gaming has been replaced by reading. Several self help books have been a great asset in the journey.

    Psyched for this 90 day detox.

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