One of the most popular questions is about whether you should quit playing video games cold turkey or just just slowly reduce your time over time.

In my experience I quit cold turkey and was successful in that for 11 months before I relapsed. So what happened and what do I recommend for you?

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I believe there’s a fundamental a difference between abstinence from games and true recovery and that’s because quitting games isn’t just about quitting games, it’s about starting to live your life to the fullest.

I don’t just want you to survive not playing games, I want you to thrive. And in order to do that there are a few specific mindsets and actions you need to be taking.

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Motivation is one of the obstacles we run into whenever we want to make any big move in our life, and this is especially true when it comes to quitting video games.

When you quit it’s easy to feel lethargic and a lack of energy and this is completely normal, and one of the things to think about is that when you’re gaming, your lifestyle doesn’t really contribute to you having a ton of natural energy.

So when you quit gaming it’s not like you’re magically going to have all of this energy and in fact I think this journey of quitting is one of the biggest wake-up calls you can have about what the real state of your lifestyle really is.

Although it’s easy to feel down about this, it’s actually an incredible opportunity to begin learning more about what does motivate you, how you want your lifestyle to make you feel and even how your diet is serving you in your life.

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When you quit gaming you want to set yourself up for success, and one of the essential ways to do that is to be aware of any triggers that could cause you to relapse.

When I quit gaming I knew I had to take my triggers seriously, because they would be the main reason I would end up relapsing and going back to play.

So what are the triggers you need to watch out for? Find out:

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How to Deal With Cravings

This is a question I get frequently and it makes sense: after you quit gaming you may experience cravings. And these cravings can be intense, encouraging you to relapse and start playing games again… even though you don’t want to.

When we quit playing video games it’s easy for cravings to become difficult, they can come out of nowhere, and catch us by surprise. Cravings come in many different ways, we can feel nostalgic about games, we miss our gamer friends, we can feel bored with our new activities and many others.

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This is a great question and it’s definitely one of the cornerstone issues of this gaming problem, which has to do with the way we use gaming to escape from our problems.

It’s important to remember that gaming is just an activity and when it becomes a problem it’s because we have underlying issues going on, so we want to start learning more about why we are trying to escape from whatever we’re trying to escape from.

This is a problem I personally relate to and after I quit gaming I needed to learn how to deal with all of this and still have to work on it every day.

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This is a question I get all the time and it comes from anxiety you’re experiencing when you think about what your life will really look like without games. It’s natural to feel this anxiety in your life because quitting games is a big moment in your life.

Even though right now you know you want to quit, games mean something to you and the idea of giving them up forever is scary. So there are a few dynamics to understand when you think about this question.

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One of the reasons why we play games is because they are where our community hangs out, it fulfills our social relationships. I believe gaming is really more of just the activity we are doing and it’s the needs it fulfills that causes us to continue to play, even if we don’t want to.

Feeling anxious about trying to improve our ability to have better relationships after we quit is normal. I relate to this because growing up I was bullied a lot, which caused me to isolate and stay in my room all day playing games.

So how do you develop better relationships? Find out:

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When you quit gaming one of the biggest issues you run into is feeling bored. You want to quit because you want to start living your life, but can life really be fun without video games?

When you quit gaming it can be scary. Gaming is how you have fun and it’s easy to find other activities to be boring, and even though this happens for specific reasons, it’s common to wonder if life without video games is really even fun.

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When we quit playing video games, we need to think about what we’re going to do with all of this new time we have. This is a common obstacle to go through, because gaming is what we know. So when we quit, we tend to still gravitate towards them, when that’s kind of missing the point.

The point of quitting video games isn’t to continue playing games, it’s about putting ourselves in a position where we have no choice but to learn how to interact (and entertain) ourselves without using gaming as our crutch.

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