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  1. 9/22/22 - Day 68 Life has been flying by at a hectic pace lately, with both my wife and I extremely busy at work. Thankfully we've had moments here and there to slow down a bit, but I'll certainly be happy once things calm down a bit. As for cravings, they're pretty much gone, but I'm sure they'll come back eventually. I continue to keep up with mediation, reading, and learning new yoyo tricks. At day 68, my anxiety and stress levels are WAY down, and I feel like I'm even handling work stress better than I ever have in my life. Do I miss video games? Hell yeah. Has my life been better since giving them up? Definitely. I'm way past the half-way mark of my initial 90-day detox, and I'm excited to see where things go from here. --- Here's some daily habits I've maintained so far: 10-minute guided meditations Reading Books I'm currently reading: Dawnshard Exile Recently recently Finished: Oathbringer Homeland Current Activities: Creating stickers Yoyo tricks Interests I've been looking into, but haven't started: Mini block architecture kits "Book Nook" model kits
  2. Meditation is great at helping so many things, but for me it's a way of calming anxiety and stress, both which have been major factors in my urge to game in the past. Keeping up with it daily has compounded the effects, and has certainly made me feel calmer and more in control of my emotions overall. I highly recommend it!
  3. Aw, man. I'd love to visit Armenia (I'm Armenian.) Glad to hear things are going your way! Keep up the great work!
  4. Sounds like an amazing day! Keep it up! It gets easier and easier.
  5. It's best that you try and control your urges. They will fade over time, but you also need to keep your mind occupied in other ways. You can do it!
  6. 9/13/22 - Day 59 It's hard to believe that it's been almost 60 days since I've played a video game, but here I am. Things continue to get easier and easier, though I've recently been having dreams where I relapse, then feel guilty for breaking my streak. Thankfully these dreams don't lead to cravings, but it has certainly contributed to some nighttime anxiety. This past weekend was super busy. I spent most of Saturday working on my car, a coworker coming over to help me take care of some issues that would have been WAY more expensive to have the shop fix. On Sunday the family and I went to a local fair where we ate some great food, saw tons of animals, and the kids got to go on some rides. An overall exhausting, though rewarding, weekend. This week started off incredibly busy, and will continue to be so, but at least I get to hang out with a buddy of mine who's back in the office from Florida for a week. Even better news is that he's moving back to CT in December, so we can start hanging out regularly outside of work again. Not much else to report. I'm still learning new yoyo tricks, which has been great for keeping me occupied in larger periods of downtime. I've also stared reading through some comics I've been meaning to read for a while, which has been a great supplement to the novels I've been working through. --- Here's some daily habits I've maintained so far: 10-minute guided meditations Reading Books I'm currently reading: Oathbringer Homeland Recently read comics: Alien Salvation Current Activities: Creating stickers Yoyo tricks Interests I've been looking into, but haven't started: Mini block architecture kits "Book Nook" model kits
  7. I really dig the "Game Over" hoodie, but I'm not a fan of pullover hoodies :) If they had a zip-up I'd be all over it!
  8. Good luck! You've already got a track record of success, and it sounds like you're ready to take on the world!
  9. It sounds like you're very self-aware of your feelings, which will go a long way into helping you stay sober. Being able to realize when you're craving, why you're craving, and why you currently feel as "foggy" as you do is excellent, and I'm sure you'll be successful in your journey!
  10. 9/7/22 - Day 53 Things have been going very smoothly, with very little cravings to play video games, or other bad habits. I'm now starting to focus on bettering my relationships with my family and friends. The biggest issue I face now is I tend to dissociate when confronted, leading me to seem cold and emotionless. This is especially the case when my wife and I argue, generally escalating things past where they really should go. I'll be bringing this up with my therapist the next time we talk, but by doing some initial digging I've found that asking for a moment to collect my thoughts helps my emotions catch up to the situation, allowing to me have meaningful conversations without brushing things off and presenting a blank face. I've also started to become more vocal about my addiction and my progress of sobriety with people other than family and close friends. I distance myself from video game chat with people at work, and politely tell them why. I've surprisingly gotten more support and acceptance than I initially believed I would. It certainly helps! In other news, school is in full swing with the kids, which means there are days where I'll be home alone while my wife goes to work (I work from home 3-4 days a week.) So far it has been pretty easy to avoid gaming, and I hope that continues to be the case going forward. --- Here's some daily habits I've maintained so far: 10-minute guided meditations Reading Books I'm currently reading: Oathbringer Homeland Current Activities: Creating stickers Yoyo tricks Interests I've been looking into, but haven't started: Mini block architecture kits "Book Nook" model kits
  11. You're doing great! Keep it up. You can do it!
  12. Guided meditations are a great way to start, and there is so much to choose from without even needing to resort to YouTube. A quick Google search brings up some good playlists on Spotify: https://search.brave.com/search?q=spotify+10+minute+guided+meditation
  13. 8/30/22 - Day 45 45 days! Half-way through the initial 90-day detox! I'm coming off the tail end of having covid, which I managed to escape for 2.5 years before finally getting it. The whole family has it, minus my oldest son who's been locked in his room literally avoiding the rest of us like the plague. Thankfully it wasn't too bad. At least now I can safely know that I can be sick in bed, bored as hell, and not resort to games to keep my occupied. Instead I slept a ton, read a bit, and watch some videos on yoyo tricks. I also finally ordered a nice yoyo, and have already started practicing some new stuff, which has been a blast. My 12-year-old has been learning with me, so it's a great activity we can enjoy together. All the kids go back to school tomorrow, which will leave me alone at home some days. I believe the summer has given me a solid foundation to keep me from going back to gaming while I think no one is looking. I also plan on heading into the office more days a week just to keep things flowing better. I've been feeling great, and can't wait to see what the next 45 days bring. --- Here's some daily habits I've maintained so far: 10-minute guided meditations Reading Books I'm currently reading: Oathbringer The Monsters Know What They're Doing Homeland New Hobbies: Creating stickers Yoyo tricks Interests I've been looking into, but haven't started: Mini block architecture kits "Book Nook" model kits
  14. The fact that you are giving it another go says volumes. Good luck!
  15. It's crazy. Every time I think I've found everything, something new pops up! What's even crazier? Some point-of-sale systems at places I shop at use the Sonic ring sound when you complete your payment!