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  1. Hi all, I'm 67 days into my detox and it's mostly going well - I've had a couple of wobbles along the way but haven't relapsed 😊 What I'd like to know is how to handle young family members who game. My nephew is 6 and it's so hard to get across to him that I can't game with him any more - he used to love me playing things like Pokemon with him - I'd love to know if anyone else has had this experience and how you dealt with it? He usually asks for games for Christmas and I'm dreading needing to buy those 😂 Thanks!
  2. Day 67 - my cravings have subsided a bit now. They're still there buy haven't been as bad. And I haven't given in or relapsed 😊
  3. 100% yeah, I keep having to stop myself buying a new one 😂 Luckily it's getting easier with time and it's WAY easier to avoid without the consoles. I think if I still had the consoles there would definitely have been a relapse. I mostly see them on Twitter even though I'm sure I don't follow any gamers any more!
  4. The past few days have been the worst so far! I keep seeing the new Pokemon games everywhere and it's so hard not to give in. But I haven't given in yet 😊
  5. Really struggling with cravings at the moment. I haven't given in but I've been so close. One of my hamsters passed away recently and all i want to do is game - I'm a bit pokemon fan, so knowing the new games ate out next week is SO challenging. I just need to try and battle through this
  6. You're so right about that Yan 😊 Luckily with my role I shouldn't need to game at all - we just have to watch videos sometimes on options customers have. I think you're absolutely right though about the job!
  7. My place of work are doing a hugely focusing on gaming (I work for a phone network) - I'm not sure how to deal with this without getting triggered or relapsing. We're forced to at least learn about it.
  8. Thank you. I love that idea. I'll give it a go 😊
  9. Thank you so much for the advice, I think you're so right about even just doing a little bit on some days 😊
  10. My place of work are doing a huge campaign to do with gaming. I work for a mobile phone network - what advice would you give me to do the learning I need about this without getting triggered/relapsing? Thanks 😊
  11. It's been a while since I posted. I think I'm around a month into quitting now. I haven't gamed during that time so I'm proud of that, but I've had some hella cravings on some days. When I first quit I found it easy to try new hobbies, but as time goes by I keep losing interest in them. I keep telling myself to try but I have NO motivation at all a lot of days. I feel like it'll improve though if I keep trying. I do still read a lot and have had that as my main focus recently.
  12. That's a great idea 😊 I've been on an almost permanent detox from social media since around April and it makes a huge difference - over time you'll really start to notice how free you feel. It's also quite nice to feel more "grounded" and in the real world - good luck 😊
  13. I think I'm about 25 days in now - my medication is making me feel a bit "drunk" and like everything is in slow motion today so I'm going to take it easy, but I did make some progress with my writing yesterday. I had some nasty cravings this morning and really wanted to go on the Switch - I'm so glad I sold it as otherwise I may have given in. I'm really pleased with my progress but also know that there's going to be roadblocks and that is normal.
  14. Thank you for the support 😊 I'm really glad I sold it too. I've been getting cravings and it's so nice not being able to give into them. How are you getting on?
  15. Definitely! I think the gaming could honestly be a part of it - with the way it affects your dopamine you're always looking for a new rush and new excitement- nothing seems as fun as gaming for long and then you switch to something else and so on. Hopefully we'll see a reduction as we go through this journey 😊
  16. That's good to hear, I read about that in your journal and it sounds like something you're really passionate about. I hope it goes well 😊
  17. You handled the relapse really well 😊 I completely understand what you mean about the shiny object syndrome, I've been terrible for that in the past too. Gaming was the one consistent thing I always went back to. Other hobbies, activities and even career interests have changed consistently. I think I'm in a similar place to you career wise too. We will get there in the end 😊
  18. Thank you 😊 How have you been getting on?
  19. I've forgotten completely to post over the last few days. I'm into my 3rd week game free now and today I've just completed a draft of my first ever short story. I would never had time for this when I was gaming so I'm over the moon. I'm struggling with my sleep still but I think my meds are slowly starting to settle now.
  20. I think it's insomnia but I'm hoping it improves 😊
  21. I'm feeling a bit tired today, I've only been getting around 3 hours sleep a night lately. But trying to stay positive. Will update more later 😊
  22. Well done on deleting your account, that's a huge step. You've got this 😊
  23. I can see what you mean about medication. I HATED having to go back on it as I get really bad side effects, but it got to the stage where I had to. I had 5 months of CBT earlier this year and at that point, they said that if my mental health relapsed again it would be the only way to stabilise things. You're so right about distraction from the problem at the core though. For me, it's triggered mostly by work and I'm actively seeking new work. Thanks for your support Yan and for reading my journal so far 😊
  24. I think we all have days like those (and actually need them sometimes to recharge) - I've had some days where I just can't face writing or doing much, and that's okay. You're doing great and try not to much too much pressure on yourself. One step at a time 😊 I've been the same as you with money in the past. I have to put all spare money straight into a joint account with my partner so he can tell if I've withdrawn anything. Best of luck with your continued journey 😊