Stopping any enjoyable "habit" like this is difficult. I set my timer for 30 minutes. When it goes off, I stop playing and go do something else. Later on, I repeat the same action. At least it keeps me away for intervals.
Take a good look at yourself and see what needs improvement. Would taking up some kind of physical training be of value to your life? Find something that won't be overwhelming but still be challenging, after all that's what video games are about. Doing something physical will also release endorphins which make you feel good. Taking long walks is what I've started and it is great for me. Limit your play time and gradually ween down your time spent playing video games. You could also sign up for classes at your high school. some offer an extensive selection of fun things to learn. How about fencing?
If it's gotten so bad that you have to ask others for the answer, then you really have a problem. I don't know how old you are, but since you are asking in this community, I'm thinking pretty young. You had better learn some self control now or you really are going to have a problem as you grow older, because this is deeper than just video games. What in the world are you trying to escape from and why? You need to search your heart and answer that for yourself. Every problem I have had with addictions always stemmed from a need I had that was unrecognized in my heart. These type problems are the ones you need to take straight to God and search your heart with Him. I know, this is not a popular answer. Take this to God in prayer, throw away the games. Don't even think you don't know how to pray, because you do. If you have a thought in your head, you've prayed. Just acknowledge God and open your mouth. Think whatever you want to about me and my seemingly crazy answer, I'll pray for you too. Just do it.
You need to find a Balance. Don't stop completely. How about rewarding yourself for every hour that you don't play. Like a pice of chocolate or a dollar towards something you want. Set yourself and hour everyday and make sure you have something you absolutely MUST do after that hour so that your video game hour doesn't turn into three hours.
Go do things out side of your home or room the games are in for a start, sport, hobby, volunteer. If in your room, move the games out into a more public space where it is harder to find the time and quite to play them. If they are a part of your computer and not a separate console in your room, add a password for your game that your parents must enter so you can play, then install a timer that will automatically put the computer in hibernation after your game time limit is reached. Then you can't start up again unless your parent comes back and re-enters the password. Here is a free one you can download http://download.cnet.com/Free-Desktop-Timer/3000-2350_4-11878780.html
so first play a couple times a day (depending on how often you play in a day) and then reduce it to once a day, and then a couple times a week, then once a week, couple times a month, once a month,and so on and so forth until you completely stop. then sell your system and the controllers and the games on Ebay or craigslist to buy something that you want, (except a game system) and viola! everybody''s happy!
Any addiction is serious. Going cold turkey is best. My second advice is go hiking, walking, letting your mind open to the beauty of this world. Stare at clouds, volunteer at an animal shelter, go to a nursing home and talk or read to seniors. Get outside yourself. Be outdoors!!! Enjoy games where you get sweaty, really tired from the sheer joy of having fun! Kids all grow up too fast these days.
9 months ago
Last edited at 2:28PM on 3/22/2013
I realized I had a problem, when I stopped planning my playtime around my life and started planning my life around my playtime. I started playing WoW because my bf (now husband) played. At first, I would log on after my son's bedtime, then "just one second" during Family Time. Things escalated slowly. I stopped making plans with friends on raid nights. I would not take personal days on patch day, since WoW was offline. I knew more about the lives of my in-game guild mates than those of my real life friends. I became less and less attentive to my family. It took my son's late and overlooked diagnosis of ADHD and the birth of my daughter to make me realize I was missing my life. No one can break an addiction for you. Quitting alone, does not curb your desire to play. You have to WANT to stop. Replace an addiction with a better, healthier activity. Join a sports team, audition for a play, or volunteer your time to a local charity. Then and only then will you be free.
Get involved in nature and real world life go out and venture into God made nature = it's far more exciting than any computer or plastic game/toys ever could be. observe and explore nature - flowers, plants and herbs, wild life, even underwater life (SCUBA) etc and the more time will pass the more excited you most likely may become
Well how about you try and go do some physical exercise it may help or give the games to your mum and try something else for a week or so and then you might actually feel the need to play video games less
The best way to begin is to limit the time you play per week. For example: Set "an amount of time to play video games goal". Since you know you can't quit cold turkey, limit your video game playing time to only a couple of hours per day for the first two weeks. After you reached your goal for the first two weeks, set a new goal to limit your time again to one hour per day for the next two weeks. After reaching that goal, set your next new goal for a half hour per day for the next two weeks. Keep setting new goals afterwards that allow you to play only a few hours per week total. Also, consider playing video games as a reward for accomplishing something big like great school marks or improved physical fitness. Eventually you will be able to control the amount of time you play because you have slowly trained yourself on a "time limit" or a "reward schedule". This is a long process which takes new behaviours 2-8 weeks trial before you begin to see positive results.Your mom can help you with setting & meeting your goals. It works better when you share your goals with someone else. Hope this helps!
It sounds like you want to stop, but can't. That to mean seems like any "addiction." When you are addicted to something, you can't be around it, so you should get rid of your games. Now that the nicer weather is coming, try an outdoor sport, or just stay in and get a hobby. Use your search engine--Google or whatever it may be, and search for hobbies or crafts or ANYTHING, except Video Games!!!!!!!!
First of all you need to find an outdoor hobby.It can be anything-from taking a walk in the park to simply drinking coffee at an outdoor cafe.To really enjoy your new hobby try very hard to make new friends as well so you can do them together.Becoming focused just on computer games makes it more difficult later on in life to socialize as you become an introvert and believe me coming back from such a place is very.good lock
It takes A LOT of self control to overcome any addiction. Video games can take over your life. First try the 'cold turkey' approach and remove all access to your games. If you succeed at that, say no more. if not, try limiting the time you spend playing and continue to cut it down to a reasonable amount (1 hr/day?). Of course you need to fill the 'video void' what else do you like? sports? reading? get a part time job? Better yet, start a support group for people like you.
9 months ago
Last edited at 1:27PM on 3/24/2013
I know a lot of people who want to stop playing video games and i am going to tell you what I told them. First you can't deprive your self from them it will make you go insane. Next use better resources like going outside. But if it is cold outside try something inside like coloring or reading. Get your family or friends to help you make a system like only have them for four 30 minute period. Than if you break that role give them something like a dollar or one video game.
if da game aint makin u $100.00 aday, u r wastin u life. wanna play game wurff monies, play da stock market!? oderwise u r juss pla/in wit u sef?.git r dunn dude/dikdip an put da duel processsors to real wurk.
if you learn how to take it and use it as a brain charging device obviously in a limited time then i am sure you as well as your mother won't be in much pain.and one need brain to use it in living life and not drowning into a game world.
First step is to get rid of all of your video games and consoles. Next find a hobby. Play a sport, spend more time with friends or focus more on school, you'll be thankful when it's time to go to college.
Approach it like you would any other addiction. First admit to yourself that it exists, then realize that you need help, and seek ways of getting it. Such as removing yourself from the temptation when it arrises. Go for a walk, talk to someone, leave the room, there must be many things to change your train of thought. Perhaps, toss a ball against a wall outside as you count to one hundred and don't forget to breath deeply.