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On 31.1.2018 at 5:47 AM, eshi2000 said:

@hycniejsy thanks so much for checking in! I'm so glad you realize the value of consistency even if it's just a simple post of a number. I'm doing great with other aspects of my life. I'm taking fairly challenging courses at school and have been achieving almost all A's. Also, I'm a dancer, so I have a lot of time (that I spent before gaming) to dance and do what I love. I think the greatest thing about me quitting games is actually the amount of sleep I get though. A consistent 6-8 hours a day with my workload is amazing. You come to realize that 24 hours a day is actually a lot of time to get what you want done. Today is day 168. And I see you've got a 1000 days challenge and a long journal! I guess thats where I strive to be as well Mad Pharmacist :) 

 

Thanks,

Eli

I like your attitude !

 

 I feel the same, but I do not know how to push past the first week without gaming

It is always in the weekend when i am cutting off my streka of the week....

Did it get easier around day 50?

I  have heard that it is tough to push beyond that and then it gets again

 

I am so exited to be game-free even for like 2 weeks!!!

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Today is day 207. I'm glad my story is out there, you did a really good job curating it to make sense haha! @Cam Adair It was something to get off my chest, kind of like a confession to me. It truly was difficult to remember all of those things I did that made me feel guilty. It was like I was in denial that they even happened! I hope sharing my story with the community helps everybody. 

 

@dirkj3 For me, the hardest time was the first few weeks. Once I got past two or three weeks, the rest was really not that bad! But take it day by day, get an organizer or calendar, and cross off every single day that you don't play games. And if you relapse, thats ok, but that just means you have to start over again. If the weekend is always the problem, then plan something with friends outside of the gaming world to do, or go out and take a walk if you're feeling the urge to game, or check out Cam's list of hobbies and stuff! I started photography, which has been really fun and challenging for me. The best advice I can give is the day by day thing. Just take some time each morning to tell yourself what you want to do today and why you don't want to game. A week will pass by if you are fully aware of your addiction and why you want to get rid of it.

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Today is the first day of me journaling having a smartphone 209 days into having quit gaming. My dad recommended that I write down thoughts about how much time I'm spending on it, whether or how much games are distracting me, and also the benefits it provides. 

I have an app called quality time, which monitors how much time you spend on your phone and where you spend it the most. I think average I spend 30-60min using the phone a day. Almost all this time is from Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger. I haven't been distracted by games on the phone at all really. I think now that I'm aware of my gaming problem I subconsciously stay away from any entertainment on my phone besides social apps. It's been really nice having a good camera so close by. I used the camera for a film project and also for a video audition already. 

 

Overall, I'm happy with the phone and my usage. It can be distracting, but I've turned all the notifications off and also I have a wallet case, so you don't see the screen and have to open the case to use the phone. All of these help, so I only check the phone when I really need to or when I have free time instead of the phone distracting me from my work.

 

Day 209

Eli

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Sorry, I haven't been coming on GameQuitters too much lately, I've just been so busy. I'm doing well with the phone, using it for all its benefits and managing my time pretty well. It averages to about an hour of use when I have free time in my day, but a lot of days, I don't! Like today, I have 27min on the phone. It's honestly not distracting me in any way relating to games. Today is March 21st, day 216

 

Eli

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Thank you very much @eshi2000

Yeah today I have decided to give quitting gaming a shot.

(though I am still thinking about gaming)

 I have started with Kelly McGonigal s Willpower challenge that kinda makes me feel serious about my gaming addiction.

Thank you very much though @eshi2000!!!

I appreciate it! 

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@dirkj3 thats great news! I know it's so hard, but just take it one day at a time and you'll make it. And don't worry if it doesn't work out. It took me probably 10 or 11 tries before I finally said I was done with games and quit for good. Keep track of each day, journal and document each one, and you'll get there if you stick to it! Gaming addictions are serious and can ruin your life. Maybe after a week or two of keeping up your detox, you can reflect and see how your life has changed in just that short amount of time and how much more it can change and improve for the future. 

 

It's day 232 (sorry for not being on here for a while, I've been busy and also on vacation!)

Eli

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@eshi2000

 i have a question of how to respond to a lapse

 I have noticed that i lapse and then game hardcore for the weekend especially when some exams are close by.

Could you please give me some advice on how to get back on track more quickly?

During that time I dont feel like quitting gaming i feel like it is fun and then when my parents are entering my room I feel screwed up

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@dirkj3 It seems like you lapse because you don't have that much work to do or grades to keep up. First of all, find something else to do in that free/leisure/relax/break time you have (Cam has a huge list of cool stuff- I picked up magic, chess, and photography!). 

If you do relapse, honestly just play a ton for one day and get it out of your system. Tell yourself that you are going to play a lot in one day and then it'll be over. The best thing to do is fight your relapse, so prevent if from  happening in the first place. This will make you stronger and help you the next time urges come up. Something else I do is watch Cam's videos on youtube. I find a lot of them speak directly to me, the things he says and talks about are all in my head, and the videos remind me to stop playing video games. 

I know it feels like fun when you are playing, and it is fun, but there are other things that are fun too and you should try some of those. Working out is hard but rewarding. Replace gaming with a different hobby so when you get bored or tired, you can go to that instead of games. Games may seem more exciting at the moment, but you just have to always keep in mind how even though games work for people who aren't addicted, people like us can't handle them very well.

Keep me updated if you have more questions! :) 

Day 235,

Eli

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Thank you very much Eli!!!

That´s what I did today I stopped playing games and i bought the respawn package yesterday.

 Am I serious about this? And then I removed my account

Unfortunately I have a game account connected to Facebook..its over Kongregate..

My youtube is still full of gaming streams and I dont know how to remove that all since I dont have an google account anymore.

I am trying to get some sleep(nighttime was always my weakest points)

Thank you so much again for your encouraging words!

 

See ya

 

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@dirkj3 GREAT START! keep on going you can do it! Deleting accounts help so much. From a google search, I found this: https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/?id=892872247454107 and this: https://www.facebook.com/help/170585223002660

I'm sure you can delete a youtube account too, or just go to each and every channel and click unsubscribe. Make sure to get off of twitch if you use that as well, it's just as bad as gaming. 

 

Just take it one day at a time and you'll make it :) 

Day 239,

Eli

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On 15.3.2018 at 6:35 AM, eshi2000 said:

Today is the first day of me journaling having a smartphone 209 days into having quit gaming. My dad recommended that I write down thoughts about how much time I'm spending on it, whether or how much games are distracting me, and also the benefits it provides. 

I have an app called quality time, which monitors how much time you spend on your phone and where you spend it the most. I think average I spend 30-60min using the phone a day. Almost all this time is from Instagram, Whatsapp, and Messenger. I haven't been distracted by games on the phone at all really. I think now that I'm aware of my gaming problem I subconsciously stay away from any entertainment on my phone besides social apps. It's been really nice having a good camera so close by. I used the camera for a film project and also for a video audition already. 

 

Overall, I'm happy with the phone and my usage. It can be distracting, but I've turned all the notifications off and also I have a wallet case, so you don't see the screen and have to open the case to use the phone. All of these help, so I only check the phone when I really need to or when I have free time instead of the phone distracting me from my work.

 

Day 209

Eli

Wow that´s awesome!

I´d like to do the same!

I have watched a nice video about what Cam has mentioned in the respawn package Something like while quitting games dont half-ass two things

Unfortunately, I am half-assing school and gaming even though I know how screwed I have been today in the exam.

Also, I thought that once i buy the respawn it will be a piece of cake...

I noticed that there is no other way than being successful in quitting Video game addiction and that you keep reminding yourself of why you are doing this.

I used to reason like this: Well, now I have repeated my goals and now i can full in control without any issues for the next 10 months!

A few couple of hours later I find myself gaming and what the hell??

I know repeating goals and school material is one aspect where i really sucked at.

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@dirkj3 You are so right. I've accepted that I will never have full control without any issues with games. Even after 90 days, I know that if I start playing again, I will lose it. Half-assing something will change if you quit gaming and stick to it. You will have more time to do other things like school and if it turns you you're still half assing it then that just means school isn't the right path for you. 

Nothing about this is a piece of cake! Breaking addiction is one of the hardest things to do. You are completely right about having to keep reminding yourself of why you are doing this. Take a stand for once and say no to games. 

Day 242,

Eli

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8 hours ago, eshi2000 said:

@dirkj3 You are so right. I've accepted that I will never have full control without any issues with games. Even after 90 days, I know that if I start playing again, I will lose it. Half-assing something will change if you quit gaming and stick to it. You will have more time to do other things like school and if it turns you you're still half assing it then that just means school isn't the right path for you. 

Nothing about this is a piece of cake! Breaking addiction is one of the hardest things to do. You are completely right about having to keep reminding yourself of why you are doing this. Take a stand for once and say no to games. 

Day 242,

Eli

Thank you for your opinion and your awesome words!

Yesterday I was reading something about having a daily agenda but i dont really know what that means..

Ihave put my obligations and when i return from school for this week in my calendar, is that the daily agenda or is it more of a detailied account of what can be done for the day?

Also, I had procrastinated to do my presentation and studying for an exam over the last weeks

Thank you for your replies!!!

Dirk

 

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@dirkj3 A daily agenda is just writing in a notebook or planner what your goals are for the day, whether that be completing homework, not gaming for the day, or just sleeping an extra 2 hours. The best part is when you get to check all of them off! Procrastination is a completely different subject and I think everybody struggles with that (me included). Having a daily agenda and goals to complete each day will help you not procrastinate and get what you want to do done.

 

Day 246,

Eli :) 

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Thank you so much for your good advice @eshi2000 

I actually lapsed yesterday u was too tired to write

I read about the what the hell effect

What I realized is that fighting against an urge for me it was Friday night Saturday morning when I cannot sleep.

next week when I cannot sleep I just want to fight through the night no matter what.

I'll do the exercise for a whole night if that's necessary.

The day after the craving  would probably be  away.

 

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Hi @eshi2000I have started to push through the detox and I feel like I constantly force myself and thus getting overwhelmed by the amount of school work I got to do that I didn't cover the last year.

It is all overwhelming and I feel like I am not allowed to give me a littlebit relaxation because it might negatively affect my grade..

I also don' know how to be self compassionate I know that the cramming I am doing now is the opposite of it..

So I am kinda cramming as much as I can everyday.

  Is that normal?

I see some posts of people who only tackle one habit at a time.

Also I am thinking that I am not doing the detox right.

I really need all the help I can get!

I am tackling sugar,  nofap, yt, no games,  At the same time

And new activities like takin a walk , meditation, Japanese, Kung fu, school and 20 minutes of bike racing

Is that too much?

I feel like I have no connection to my emotions except for when I am meditating with an app.

 

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@dirkj3 Learning is learning. Pay attention in class, ask your teachers questions, ask your classmates questions, watch videos on youtube about the subject. Continue working on school. Maybe talk to your teacher about not covering everything last year and get some additional help? It never hurts even though it might seem embarrassing. Cramming is definitely not the right way to learn. Take it slow and steady, keep studying a good amount every day and try to catch up, but don't stress yourself out too much. WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO TACKLE SUGAR NOFAP YT GAMES all at the same time? ONE at a Time. Nobody has the energy for all of that. Take out sugar, combine games and nofap as internet and tell yourself that you will only use the computer for studying. Leave your phone outside of your bedroom, maybe place the charger in the living room so that you have to leave it there. The other activities are great! its still a lot of stuff, and personally I would just pursue one at a time, but if you like all of those things then keep it up! Meditating seems really good for you, so continue to meditate. BASICALLY don't do no sugar and instead of being on the computer or your phone watching youtube, games, or porn, go and practice all of those activities that you enjoy. Maybe find one you really like. :) It's been so long since I've posted, day 274, Eli 

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Thank you very much @eshi2000 for your powerful stuff

You are right about the amount of stuff that I wanted to tackle simultaneously.

I'll shoot for just 1 or 2 at a time at the most.

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