How do you keep yourself busy once you’re not actively gambling anymore? Are you wondering what to do with all your free time or stay busy or why is this important?
If you have made the decision to stop gambling, it can be challenging to learn how to navigate the hours of free time you now have. Why is it important to have a plan on how to spend your free time? Boredom and too much free time is one of the biggest triggers many often experience and can lead to relapse. Previously, majority of your time was spent either gambling, thinking about your next gambling opportunity, or trying to find ways to access money to gamble. Often, when active gambling, interests and hobbies fall to the waist side in order to make more time for gambling. However, when someone makes the decision to stop gambling, they’re often left with more free time, can feel bored and experience a loss of interest in previously enjoyed hobbies
It is important to plan ahead so that have a list of things or activities you can access in the moment. Having this list is important because when the feeling of “bored” happens, it can be challenging to think of things to do on the spot. A list can also help you if you’re experiencing a trigger or an urge and can help pass the time.
Here Are Some Things To Think About:
- Find activities to help rediscover yourself; find a new sense of purpose
- Replace old activities with new healthy habits that will help long term
- Practice mindfulness
- Join a support group
- Try a new hobby; you might just surprise yourself and discover something new you enjoy
- Educate yourself; learn as much as you can about gambling and addiction to help build your recovery
Now is a great opportunity to explore new interests and hobbies that you may not have had the opportunity to do in the past. Enjoy the journey to rediscovering the new you.
If you have more questions or require more information about gambling support, call the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-306-6789