Today I’m in Bali, Indonesia!! Today’s question is a popular one I’ve been seeing recently and it’s about whether or not it’s normal to have dreams or nightmares about gaming after you quit.
So what do I think? Find out:
I remember when I quit gaming I had this same experience, having dreams or nightmares about me playing video games, and I would feel really silly and wonder if I was going crazy.
So yes, this is totally normal and I haven’t only had this experience with games but also during breakups where I would have dreams or nightmares about my ex-girlfriend and things like that.
What I want to share with you today is an exercise I’ve learned over the years that helps me shift how I physically feel, especially if I’m feeling anxious, to feel better both before I go to bed (which can have an impact on the type of experience you have) and just in general throughout my day.
And that exercise is a gratitude journal.
Now I get it, that sounds like some weird hippy shit and I relate to that, but just hear me out. But what I want you to know is there is a ton of scientific research now that shows practicing gratitude to have incredible benefits. Here are some of them:
- To feel happier
- To have a better immune system
- To feel less stressed
- To feel less lonely
So if those are any of the types of things you’re interested in than doing a gratitude journal is something worth doing. The best part is that it takes about one minute to do, so it’s not even something that will take up a lot of your time or energy.
The reason it works so well is because it shifts what you’re focusing on, which is the cause of our stress and anxiety in the first place.
For instance, if we have a negative expectation of a future result, no wonder we feel anxious! Our perspective has an affect on how we feel.
How It Works:
It’s really simply: write down 10 things you’re grateful for.
I tend to do this first thing in the morning when I wake up. Don’t overthink it too much, just write down the first 10 things that come to your mind. If you need ideas, just look around you and recognize the amazing things in your life that you do have.
I recommend doing this first thing in the morning, especially if you’ve had a dream or nightmare about gaming. By doing this first thing in the morning you can set the tone for your day – appreciating the things in your life that you do have instead of focusing on the things you don’t.
You can also do this exercise right before bed or at any point in your day you want to shift how you feel for the better.