16 August 2022 at 9:42 am #161390lisaParticipant
Trying to cope with the emotions of not gambling I had stopped but then started again iv stopped all cards etc and going to pay my debts through gambling off slowly gambling was the only thing which stopped me thinking as alot of emotional stuff has happened over the years
16 August 2022 at 9:42 am #161420DuncKeymaster
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22 August 2022 at 9:20 am #161568lisaParticipant
I am really struggling to cope with my emotions as gambling was the only thing that stopped them
22 August 2022 at 3:55 pm #161924Don14765Participant
Hi Lisa and welcome to the forum…I am somewhat new to the forum….
For myself; I just know that gambling is not the right thing for me to do, I never seem to win a whole lot and also it makes me feel worse after I lost a lot of money that I could’ve saved if I didn’t gamble ….
I have hobbies
I like to do
Doing crossword puzzles , playing guitar
IF I’m actively doing these things , my
Mind shifts and focuses on
My hobbies …
Of course, all this takes time to take your mind off gambling, but it’s a matter of “retraining your brain“
Focus on something else other than gambling …emotions
Can be indeed powerful….
For me, some days it feels like the end of the world if this doesn’t happen, or if that doesn’t happen ..sometimes I find myself being impatient and I don’t wanna go through the steps of going through the motions….
But , for me, indulging in gambling has always resulted in a loss…and always feeling worse after because I spent the money and I can’t get it back now….
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