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Steve's Journey to a Game Free Life

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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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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.

 

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Great job, Steve! Think about how those alternatives were all positive: Reading for learning or pleasure keeps your mind sharp; exercising improves the mind and the body; socializing is vital for healthy minds; watching non-gaming content on YouTube is a great way to learn. Keep at it!

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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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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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20 minutes ago, Stevec2283 said:

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.

 

Funny is one way to put it! I find it scary too... the number of environmental reminders, prompts, triggers we can encounter when we're trying to change a behavior. Welcome back! 

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@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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7 hours ago, Stevec2283 said:

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.

Yep. I'm always reminded of this too. Sometimes when I'm home alone, I get vivid memories of games I am used to playing. For me, it's helped to delete and block all sites associated with games so it's harder for me to fall back in. Best of luck on your shift. 🙂

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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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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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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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On 2/7/2019 at 2:00 AM, Stevec2283 said:

Day 7

Congratulations on your first week! You surely can do it for the next several weeks. 😉

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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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