How To Stop Video Game Addiction

The Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have shown that areas of the brain that generate rewarding feelings are activated during game play. Make no mistake, video game addiction is a real addiction and it can ruin lives if no steps are taken to correct the habit. Below are 11 of the most effective ways to stop being addicted to video games.

  1. Cold Turkey
  2. Be serious and go cold turkey. Hardest but fastest. Setting a time limit won’t help. Either throw your console out the window or sell it. Delete your online character. Uninstall everything. Realize that you are wasting your life and will ruin your health. Make up your mind and do something better. Become addicted to that and reap the benefits. The bottom line is that you are not going to get rid of your addiction until you stop enjoying it.

  3. Plan Your Day
  4. Prepare a daily agenda for yourself and remain consistent following it. You may find it difficult to stick to schedules at first but they are a good way of adding structure to your day.

  5. Physically Demanding Activities
  6. Combat sports, weight lifting, hiking, running, swimming, or biking for at least 1 hour daily will cause brain pleasure centers to be stimulated, replacing what you get from gaming, and lead to feelings of positive well being. Being committed to the activity of your choice will help you become more disciplined.

  7. Pets
  8. Pets can help you heal emotionally, physically, and mentally. Cats and dogs are the most common household pets and they can help fight off diseases because of the biochemical impact on their owner’s body chemistry.

  9. Volunteer
  10. Heal from the remorse of having wasted so much time playing games and introduce balance to your life by volunteering for a cause. Finding new interests through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energizing. The energy and sense of fulfillment can carry over to work or school and sometimes helps to relieve tensions and foster new perspectives for old situations. Options that are always in need of volunteers include hospitals, orphanages, red cross, libraries, animal shelters, and wildlife rescue.

  11. Work Part Time
  12. Gets you out of the house and keeps your mind occupied. Getting a part time job will also help develop your time management skill, something extremely useful during college and as an adult. Moreover, you will most likely be spending a lot of time with people your own age, broadening your social circle and skills at the same time.

  13. Learn An Instrument
  14. What you should do to replace the video game is find a hobby that is not simple or easy, but challenging that requires your mind to focus. For example, learning to play the guitar or violin. Both are anything but simple and it occupies your mind. Practice your ‘happy birthday’ song to perfection in time for your mother’s birthday. The desire to impress can be a powerful motivator to help you master your musical instrument skills.

  15. Birds Of A Feather Flock Together
  16. Start hanging out with people who have interests in the above mentioned tips. Hangout with your gym buddies, work colleagues, or even from the volunteering circle. They will help you stay active and away from your video games.

  17. Fall In Love (For Singles)
  18. If you have been eying her for quite some time already, start making your move. Hang out more with her. Find out the things she likes. Her favorite color, song, movie, pastry, etc. Make her something special. Bake her a cupcake. Learn how to write poems. Ask her out on a date. Having feelings for someone and doing something about it brings out the best in you.

  19. Intervene (For Concerned Parents)
  20. As a concerned parent, there are a few things that you can do. If it’s a computer game, move his computer to the living room. Start introducing limitations. Only allow your child game time after he has earned it. Short rewards for completing his day’s homework and chores. Long rewards for maintaining distinctions or academic improvement. Never reward the undeserving. If all that fails, then it’s time to take the computer/console away.

  21. Make A Choice (For Disappointed Wives)
  22. If you both have already talked a lot about his video game addiction before and nothing changes, then it’s time for you to start taking things into your own hands. Pack a bag for you and your child/children and leave the house while he is away. Leave him a note saying how you feel about his responsibilities as a husband and/or father and that he has to make a choice. Family or games. At this moment, it takes a strong, loving woman to be his wife. After that, see if he turns into a better family man.

Video game addiction is 1 of 14 addictions troubling today’s community.

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