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On 4/15/2021 at 7:51 AM, Ikar said:

I've found this to be true with my bachelor thesis/finals too. It's human nature to prioritize things that are important to us, no matter the reason. The more things we have going on in our lives, the less likely we are to get obsessed by any single one of them to our detriment. It doesn't mean that the things won't be a bore from time to time, but we have other things to turn to if one of them goes to hell. Diversification is not only a financial concept!

I agree. One of my goals, and I know it has been your goal as well, on this website/journey has been to really diversify my life with hobbies, in-person connections, and a change in my mood overall with the outside world over the virtual world. I think it has really become prevalent with my girlfriend being in my life and the introduction to so many new hobbies. 

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Today I hit 129 weeks free from gaming. I've hit the final week before my exam. It's now just 6 days away. I have followed my study plan to a tee for the most part. I don't know if it will work but I am optimistic and believe this is the most prepared I've ever been. I will take today off to relax, do 12 problems or so tomorrow and read my notes, then do a practice exam Monday, take Tuesday off/organize my notes, do a practice exam on Wednesday, take Thursday off/organize my notes, then Friday is the exam.

If it doesn't work I'll take a year off rather than just 6 months. I don't want burnout anymore. Work has been exhausting but I finally got added to a very cool project. I'm looking forward to starting that after I return from the exam and vacation. I'll also get vaccinated in the next 2 weeks.

I slowly plan to introduce my hobbies again once the exam is over. I'll probably do 1 hour of drums per week and 1 hour of writing per week and continue working out. I really enjoy being physically active. I have increased my strength tremendously over the past 2 months and I'm seeing physical differences in my appearance in a good way. I aim to be relatively toned by summer time.

My mood is better as I've been on my stronger medication for a week, eating healthier, exercising again, sleeping normally, and realizing that this is almost over. I've had some video game cravings but I try to remember how I've improved my life without them and just carry on. 

Stay strong everyone and keep fighting for what you believe in. Believe in yourself and fight for yourself.

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This past weekend I hit 131 weeks free from gaming. Sorry for the scare lol. @Ikar thanks for checking in. I was just away. I feel relieved after taking that test. It was really stressful but my girlfriend was incredibly supportive of me and made sure I was ok by throwing a small celebration for me and then taking care of things. I feel so much better overall. I don't think I passed the test but maybe I did. I feel much better than last time I took the test.

I also made some big progress on stuff at work so things are getting better. I'm gonna be doing drums on mondays, animation on fridays, and then relaxing between. I want to dedicate those two days to those two hobbies because if I don't set time aside for them I'll just be lazy.

I'm also going to keep working out. I gained some weight while studying because I was using food as a stress outlet instead of video games or something so I want to lose some weight and find more balance now that I'm less stressed.

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I've found myself facing the same boredom after my studying has ended that I had when I quit video games. It's like my mind craves the feeling of processing information. 

I compare it to quitting video games because I remember feeling like it was bad to feel bored or not being busy. It's important to relax and zone out to recharge your mind. Even right now I'm writing because I was a little anxious from feeling bored. 

It's ok to be bored at times. Not all of the time, but sometimes. 

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Today I hit 132 weeks free from gaming. I have some digestive issues today from allergies and stress I think.  I normally have extreme anxiety over this but I'm trying to remain calm and relax at my girlfriend's house. She's taking care of me and being very calm and letting me do my thing. It's very nice and I'm extremely grateful. 

Irritable bowel syndrome is very frustrating but I'm feeling better than I did 3 hours ago. 

Work is going well and life has been getting better. I've also lost 3 lbs which is nice. 

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I had a good meeting with my therapist today about how the medication I've been taking for depression and anxiety has really impacted me in a positive way. I rarely crave video games, I watch porn maybe twice per week or once per week tops, sometimes none at all for weeks. I just think this medication has helped me get to a point where I'm no longer ruminating and being consumed by anxious thoughts. 

This is important because I've already taken so many steps to developing coping mechanisms for stress and dealing with my triggers. Now that I'm no longer on an 8 out of 10 stress level I can easily handle these stressors because I'm sitting at a 0-2 out of 10. It makes life more manageable. 

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Today I hit 133 weeks free from gaming and 135 weeks free from social media. This week was pretty good overall. I did more chores around the house, ate better, lost 2 lbs, started reading a bit at night again, and wrote the outline for another episode of my cartoon. Work was also productive and I completed all of my tasks. I also talked to people in my family, saw my girlfriend, and had a good therapy session. 

I think this weekend I'll try reading and writing a bit. I also want to relax because I'm getting my second vaccine shot and hoping I feel fine after. 

Glad to hear from people and I hope everyone is doing well. 

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