This is the core of my experiences during my 90 day detox. It opened my eyes and helped me to quit what destroyed me. Gaming was something that distracted me from my life, but the detox did more than just help me quit playing video games: it helped me to let go of everything that pulled me down these past few years.
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I was always an active kid, involved in sports, music, scouting, and spent a lot of time outside. But as I got older, I started spending more of my time upstairs in front of a screen. My daily routine was usually along the lines of waking up, going to school, come home and meet everyone online, eat dinner, and then go back online to play away the rest of the evening.
Like everyone else, however, I never really viewed it as a problem. It was what everyone did. I managed to stay on top of my studies, doing decently well at school and college. It wasn’t until I went on to study Physics at university that I noticed a problem.
I didn’t have a job, and I wasn’t looking. When my girlfriend would leave the house for work, I would boot up my computer and open a bottle. I knew I had a problem, but I didn’t care. I resigned my fate to a rollercoaster of drugs and video games.
Since I started gaming at 7 years old, I noticed something within myself. A sense of dissatisfaction, a hole that needed to be filled.
It got to a point where I stopped seeing myself as a good student so I neglected school work. I stopped seeing myself as a social person so I neglected my social life. I stopped seeing myself as a nice and caring son so I neglected family. Most importantly, I stopped seeing my authentic self.
I was tired of all this non-sense and I made a bold decision: to quit playing video games.
At the beginning of July I went back home to Slovakia. I had no real plans for summer, and I found myself with a lot of spare time.
Overwatch came out and I started playing a lot as it gave me a sense of progress, which replaced the progress I got from the gym and my studies. I was in a negative spiral where playing games sapped my motivation to do anything else. I felt stuck and powerless in the cycle.
Thankfully, I had a couple of things help me crawl my way out of it. Here’s how I overcame my summer relapse.