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  1. From my point of view, it is a great thing to try all kinds of replacement hobbies. Even though you don't end up sticking to them you still learn something new, meet new people and find out something about your personality you didn't know before. For me personally, these hobbies included various martial arts like kendo, tae bo, capoeira, as well as dancing lessons (lindy hop), making music and other stuff.
  2. Hey KMD! Glad to hear about your progress. You seem to be really into it, keep that up! Have a good day, Sir! Max
  3. @Philipp I really recommend giving it a shot. The best way to increase your skill would be facing additional challenges. Of course, it depends on your current workload whether or not adding additional tasks makes sense.
  4. Hey KMD! Thanks for the tips. Journaling is definitely one of the habits I would like to develop. I know the positive influence of it, but I still struggle when it comes to consistency. Fortunately, I already found some good replacement activities for gaming. Have a good one! Max
  5. Hey! Thanks for the quick update. Tbh your plan sounds great. I just wanted to make sure your artistic skills don't go to waste. I think you do have what it takes and I highly recommend getting a Uni degree, as it will help you down the road. Animation and 3d art both sound great ? I'll watch your career with great interest ^^ Learning to dance is essential if you're planning on going out more. It keeps you away from your phone, occupies you, is healthy and a great way to flirt all at the same time ? Thanks for replying & have a nice one. Cheers, Max
  6. As Remigjus said: 90 days isn't a magical number... Science says it takes about 30 days to form a habit, but generally, it takes longer to unlearn a certain behavior - especially when it is designed to be addictive and one is used to do it on a regular basis for several years. I'd say 90 days are a good first hallmark for breaking through the major cravings, urges, and relapses. Your hormones and body also have to readjust to a life without gaming, but I don't how long that takes. Cheers, Max
  7. Well, there are a few things to consider... First things first would be your age and years of experience... Especially when you are young or a recent grad there are hardly any fields of work which are gonna pay much. Depending on the country you are living in your paycheck will rise tied to the number of years you spent working; additionally, you're getting further boosts when getting promotions. Regarding boredom and repetition: Almost every job has some form of repetition tied to it, otherwise it wouldn't be a steady position. Boredom is highly subjective to each individual, but I'd advice you to climb the education ladder as high as possible. More degrees/certificates may convince an employer to entrust you with more challenging tasks and it'll give you an edge when changing fields. Also: you are more likely to end up in a specialized niche position or getting into management. When it comes to job satisfaction one should also consider working hours: night shifts, working on weekends and on official holidays is quite normal in gastronomy, whereas it is unusual at a regular 9 to 5 office job. No matter which job you choose, try to increase your skill as much as possible and try to work on your way with people. Be patient, educate yourself and care about your physical/mental health. If you don't do these things you'll have a really hard job finding a fulfilling position which pays decent money. Cheers, Max
  8. Dude, Philipp... these drawings are AWESOME! Keep at it, man they turn out great! I remember you mentioned thinking about starting studies or an apprenticeship soon. How about some incorporation of your ability to drawn into this mix... Ever thought about working towards a design position? That might suit you - Let me know what you think about it. Also great to hear you're enjoying life. Being grateful is the essential step towards happiness and getting rid of an addiction. I hope you have a great day, Sir! Cheers, Max
  9. Thanks KMD, I really hope so too... For now, I would like to accomplish my academic goals without gaming getting in the way. I haven't created a daily journal on here yet, but I guess I will do so soon. I would love to use it to pass on a few tips and tricks I've already learnt. Anyway, I appreciate the kind words. Cheers, Max
  10. Hey John! Thanks for being trusting and truthful towards us. I, as well as the rest of this forum sure is glad to be of help. Fighting your way out of addiction is not an easy feat, but it is changing lives forever and usually for the better. If you have any specific questions go ahead and ask away. and: Welcome! We hope you have fun working and chatting with us. Cheers, Max
  11. To be honest... For me this used to be the case at some point in my life, but not anymore... This has to do with the countless hobbies I pursue like archery, martial arts, calisthenics, making music, writing stories, personal development, reading and writing, etc. as well as with a shift in mindset when it comes to gratitude and excitement. I try to incorporate adventure into everyday life by discovering new places in my area, trying new potential hobbies, consuming "good" content (exciting books, intriguing films) and training my body/mind. I also keep an eye out on trying to be grateful for ordinary pleasures like sleeping in a made bed, eating self-prepared food, being able to shower, use electricity, etc. Most days are exciting and stimulating for me... having an ordinary day is kind of the exception for me... @SuperSaiyanGod Did you simply ask because you wanted to know if someone feels the same way or would like to get some advice on how to change the situation? I would love to help, but I'd need some proper questions to work with... Cheers, Max
  12. Hey Philipp! Glad to meet a fellow Austrian guy here ? Additionally to the previous tips, I would recommend asking questions like... What would I like to give back to society/other people? (your future clients) What kind of materials/tools do I want to work with? (the way you create your products) How/Where can I get a proper education to produce the things I actually would like to produce? (gaining knowledge and experience) What aspect of my product should be outstanding? (unique, functional, design, easy to produce, cheap, etc.) Not too long ago I was asking myself these questions as well... May I ask what you would study if you decide against working as a craftsman and what kind of school you attended before? This way I'd be able to give you more in-depth advice. Cheers, Max
  13. Jordan Peterson is a fantastic speaker and his argumentations are formidable. I really can recommend watching his talks, reading his latest book (12 rules for life) and the analysis of his rhetoric capabilities by Charisma on Command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS9W-wlJHPA&pbjreload=10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS5nmy1v34c&pbjreload=10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsQLksbfDSo&pbjreload=10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2W-5J1vl8o&pbjreload=10
  14. Hey! I think that parents do not have full responsibility when it comes to their kids being addicted, but they always are partly responsible for the behaviour of the child. In my case specifically, they underestimated at first in how I was drawn to games and they had a hard time reaching out to me in my teens when I spent most of my days hiding away in my room. (To be fair, I wasn't easy to reach out to - however, most teens aren't) The thing is: the values they taught me ended up in my detox programs. Good an honest work, valuing relationships and decent education are just some of them. Parenting is a pretty hard job and every parent does make some mistakes. Question is: Did they do it intentionally? Are they trying to make up for them? Are they reaching out? etc. I think dealing in absolutes is a harsh treatment and a child being addicted to substances or services which are designed to be addictive shouldn't lead to the assumption that the parents "suck at parenting", but these are just my two cents. Cheers, Max
  15. Hey there! I am working on my gaming habits for quite some time now... About 4-5 years. When I first started trying detox programs I failed spectacularly and often relapsed either after some days or in the first 3 weeks, throwing me back to square one. But I kept at it and continuously refined my technique on how to deal with urges/cravings, etc. and started to get results. The time frames between relapses became larger and larger and often I am able to go without gaming for several months. I am not totally "clean", but my gaming habits changed vastly over the years. Nowadays, whenever I have a relapse I'd play for 2-4 hours a day for about two weeks max. Then I go back to quitting cold turkey for several months. Daily moderation doesn't work for me and all relapses are somewhat semi-voluntary. So... I am still gaming a little bit every few months, but I am not in full control and this is actually quite scary. I never know how hard a relapse is going to be, sometimes I can't control when it's about to happen - this is actually the reason for my current 'intentional' detox: to broaden my capability to handle cravings and relapses. However, I really don't how this will turn out for you. If you have any questions ask them right away. I'd love to be of help. Cheers, Max
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