Ah yes, the feeling of defeating that last player or completing a game. We’ve all felt that moment of satisfaction. But sometimes this hobby can slowly manifest into an addiction. When you get on discord and are about to play some games with your friends, does the question, ‘Do I have any homework?’ even cross your mind. If I were to be honest, it doesn’t cross mine either. Well, there ARE ways to overcome this ‘un-CONTROL-lable’ addiction. Even if you think it’s impossible, I can tell you first hand that it IS possible and actually not that difficult.
Acknowledging The Problem
When playing games, time does really fly, or so that’s what we feel. If you want to reduce your little ‘gaming’ addiction you have to first know what the cause of the problem is. For example, it’s the excessive hours we spend on our device gaming. If we can accept the fact that we are excessively gaming on our devices, then we can create a solution.
Solving The Problem
If you REALLY want to solve your excessive gaming problem, you have to have the motivation to fix it. The first step to solving your problem is doing some sort of work before you get on your device to game. Using this strategy helps you efficiently complete your work and reduce your unhealthy gaming hours. The second step is taking 30 minute breaks throughout your day. In your 30 minutes you can talk to someone in the family, eat snacks, look at memes, or you can exercise. Once you’re fully accustomed to taking breaks you can slowly start to reduce hours played on certain days. For example on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday you’re limited to 2 hours of gaming. If you don’t trust yourself with counting hours you can use a timer or get someone to monitor your gaming.
When you’ve settled into your routine, you will notice a significant rise in grades and lifestyle. You’ll also find that during your breaks, you’ll realise that other activities can also be fun and worthwhile. You can finally prevent yourself from sleeping at 2am on a school night. In the long run you’ll be thanking yourself trust me.
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