The most successful ways of overcoming gambling urges
- Plan ahead to avoid boredom.
- Live your life one day at a time.
- Do something completely different.
- Rekindle an old hobby.
- Be especially vigilant leading up to special events.
- Find ways that help you cope better with stress.
- Remind yourself that to gamble is to lose.
- Unsubscribe to Gambling Sites
- Change Your Environment
- Don’t Wait till You Break Even
How do I stop gambling payments?
Many banks now offer the ability to limit spending on gambling. If you feel like you are spending too much money on gambling, you may consider blocking gambling payments with your bank. They do this by blocking your bank account or debit card, preventing the account from being used for gambling transactions.
How can I stop myself gambling online?
You can exclude yourself from each separate company you could bet with or from multiple companies at the same time. To exclude yourself from a particular location, ask the staff there for more details. Online, look for the “Responsible Gaming” or “Safer Gambling” section of the website, or the help section.
How To Quit Gambling And Save Money
Imagine that’s new you and old you. See, new you is just like well, you but to start on the journey to a healthy lifestyle by simply contemplating change, yup, just thinking about it. In fact, it simply starts with you, right now in this moment, considering change. There, it’s done.
This is called pre-contemplation. And it’s part of the six stages that happen as we work towards changing gambling behavior. Pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, termination and goal.
The contemplation stage means that you’re planning to change in the next six months or so. From contemplation comes preparation and this could be as simple as you planning a different route home from work or it can be as detailed as a full moment-to-moment itinerary. Then, it’s about putting your planning to action and working on changing your behavior.
We’ve used a hamster wheel as a metaphor for hard work. But in reality, this could be anything from counseling to mindfulness, to running around the block. Remember, change doesn’t happen all at once. It takes time and effort and most importantly the determination to change. But even small steps can lead to big change. Maintenance is about sustaining your changed behavior and resisting relapse.
So it might be about jumping back on your hamster wheel when you need to as time on the wheel is time away from gambling. Before long, you’ll arrive at your destination and end goal. Zero temptation to return to old behaviors. Say goodbye to old you and hello new you for good! Remember, behavior change starts with one person. You! And the simple thought that you can change because you can!