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  1. Stevec2283

    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    After about a week I relapsed back into gaming. I haven't set up my PS4 but over the last few days I've played some PC games. I feel as if I'm starting to fall back into my old habits and to use gaming as a mechanism to handle stress and other things. I'm not going to let this relapse cause me to give up and I will start over again from the beginning. Today is officially Day 0 so tomorrow will be the start of Day 1.
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Day 6 Yesterday was all that eventful, I slept from around 9:30 until around 3:00 in the afternoon because I had been working. After waking up, I didn't really do a whole lot, did some reading. Also I was out of the house for a couple of hours. When I got back home, I watched a hockey game on TV and then spent time on YouTube watching non gaming content. I still feel that sometimes I may spend too much time on watching videos on YouTube. Day 7 Today is my day off and so far I've had no urges to play games. Haven't really done much thus far, but I did leave the house for awhile to bring my nephew to an appointment and then I went and picked up a coffee from Tim Horton's. So far for today I have planned that I will do some cleaning and also do some reading later. Later this evening, I will be spending some time with friends. Other than that I don't really have anything planned. So far I've been doing well in keeping myself occupied so that gaming doesn't come into my mind. I know that every day may present a challenge but I'm not going to allow myself to be controlled by gaming anymore. "Why live in the pixel world, when you can live in the real world"
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Today is day 5 and no urges to play games. Today wasn't very eventful, I slept from around 9:30 this morning until around 5:00 because I worked last night and I'm working again tonight. Other than sleeping for quite a bit of the day, I did some reading and as I'm writing this journal I'm listening to music. I'm also in the process of getting back into learning Japanese which was an interest of mine in the past until I lost motivation to continue. I know that motivation is something that I have to keep working on because I feel that sometimes I may lose motivation too easily. I will continue to fight against any urges to go back to gaming. Why continue living in the pixel world, when you can live in the real world?
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Today is day 4 and so far I haven't had any thoughts about gaming. Last night I was supposed to work but wasn't able to because my carpal tunnel was acting up and causing me a fair bit of pain. I think the combination of my job and gaming was making it worst. Carpal tunnel is also another reason why I decided to quit gaming. Daily Activities: -Reading -Taking a nap -YouTube -Work Things to improve on: One thing that I need to improve on is to incorporate more activities to replace gaming. Game Free Days: 4 of 90
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    @Brian Thanks, and yes it's quite scary how many triggers there are. We just need to not allow ourselves to succumb to any of the pressures to return to gaming. It's not always going to be easy but we're all capable of changing our habits or behaviors if we work hard.
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Today is day 3 of my journey and it's funny how many reminders we get on a daily basis about gaming, be it through ads on social media or through ads on websites, but I won't allow myself in any way to be enticed me to start gaming again. I won't be doing too much of anything today apart from some reading and maybe spend a bit of time on the internet or YouTube. Other than that, sometime this afternoon I will take a nap because I have to work tonight. I work at a retail store doing overnight stocking. Today should be another successful day.
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Day 2 is just about coming to a close and it was another successful day. I didn't have any urges to play games. Also I packed away my PS4 and once I get the chance I will sell it. Activities during the day: -Reading -Housework -Laundry -Driving to pick up my nephew -Some TV -YouTube Game Free Days: 2 First goal: Complete the 90 day detox Ultimate goal: Quit gaming forever
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    @Cam Adair Thanks, hoping to stick with it this time around and first of all complete the 90 day detox.
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    Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

    Day 1 was a success I didn't play any games at all and also deleted all content from my PS4 and reset it to its factory default. Things I did yesterday: - read for about an hour or so -went for a walk -went for a coffee with a friend -watched non gaming content on YouTube One thing that I will work on is spending less time on YouTube. Today I will continue on my journey to a life that is free from games.
  10. Hi guys, this is my third journal that I've done since I started on here about 2 years ago. Over that time, I've had many relapses and since my last relapse in April 2018, I gave up trying and went right back into gaming and haven't stopped. My usual gaming habits vary anywhere from 3-4 hours a day depending on how busy I am with other things such as work, but there have been days where I've spent more than 3-4 hours per gaming session. Let me just give you a little background of my gaming. I started gaming somewhere around 7 or 8 years old, so I've been a gamer for close to 30 years of my life. When I look back at it, one thing I think about all the time I've wasted over all that time. Over the last little while, I've noticed that gaming is not as appealing to me as it once was and that after awhile of I find myself getting bored. I've really been giving it much thought and also after watching Cam's documentary, I no longer want to get caught up in the endless cycle of using gaming as an escape mechanism. For me, gaming has been a way for me to escape from any problems that I might be experiencing but the thing is that no matter how much I game, the problem isn't going anywhere and if anything, it only makes matters worse. Today is going to be the first day of my game free life and I plan to complete the 90 day detox. Also wanted to add that I just deleted all my content from my PS4 and am currently resetting it to its factory settings.
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    Steve's Journey(A Fresh Start)

    I guess what triggered me to go back to gaming was stress associated with other things I’m dealing with in life. So I would say that gaming for me is an emotional crutch or coping mechanism. So I have to find other ways, besides gaming to deal with stress.
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    Steve's Journey(A Fresh Start)

    It’s not really that I really kept it to go back to but I’ve had it for awhile that it would be hardly worth selling so I just packed it away. And by saying that I had my PS3 to fall back to, I was using it as a play on words.
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    Steve's Journey(A Fresh Start)

    Well after doing so well in trying to quit gaming, I’m back at square one again. After just about 10 days, I had a setback in my journey and went back to gaming. During the two days that I was gaming, I would game for a couple of hours but I would find myself getting bored with it and not enjoying it. I did sell my PS4 awhile back but I had my PS3 to fall back to, but I’m starting again and won’t let this setback rattle me. Today I restored my PS3 back to its default and packed it away. So this is the start of Day 1 and even though I had a setback, I can take one positive out it, the length of the relapse was short in comparison to others. I will continue to take this one day at a time and keep fighting no matter how long it takes for me to be successful.
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    Steve's Journey(A Fresh Start)

    Day 6 Yesterday went pretty well and I didn’t play any games. One negative to the day was that I didn’t have anything planned so rather than doing anything really productive, I kinda just wasted time. Day 7 So far today has been a good day, I wasn’t home at all this morning so I didn’t think about gaming at all. I’m also planning to perhaps go for a walk and also perhaps play guitar. The next few days might be a struggle because we have poor weather on the way which won’t allow me to go for a walk so I’ll just have to find other activities to do around the house. So far this time around as opposed to other times I’ve tried to quit gaming, I’ve been able to maintain the right mindset. I try to focus on one day to a time and try to stay as a positive as I can despite any negative emotions. I also realize that no matter how many games I play, it won’t change any stress or situation that I could be dealing with. The only thing that gaming does is provide a temporary escape, but once you put down the controller and turn off the game, the stress or situation is still there. It’s so much better to deal with the situation or if there’s nothing you can do to change it, then just do what you can to endure it. I will continue to take things one day at a time, one step at a time. ”Leave the Pixel World, Enter the Real World.”
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    Steve's Journey(A Fresh Start)

    Day 5 of 90 Today went quite a lot better than yesterday, my mood was a lot better. Gaming didn't even come to my mind today because I kept myself occupied so I wouldn't think about it. I feel as if I should probably try to plan out my days rather than just do what comes to mind. This is something that I have to continue to work on but I think consistency is the key to being successful. Also by planning out my days I should be able to get more things done, rather than wasting time doing non essential things. Today was a pretty quiet day for the most part, I wasn't home at all this morning and then in the afternoon I went for a walk and also watched a movie. This evening I also did some reading and now I'm listening to music as I'm writing this message. At times I find it difficult to find the words to write for my journal, but I'm sure that some days I will find more things to write about than other days and it won't stop me from continuing my journal. "Leave the Pixel World, Enter the Real World"
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