Exercising – Keeping compulsive gambling at bay

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In this short but detailed piece, we will show you the benefits of exercising in the realm of gambling addiction withdrawal. Discussing some exercises that will help you keep the addiction at bay, some of the exercises you need to add to your to-do list today.

The importance of exercise is immense, and it is not shocking that there is a positive correlation between regular workouts and compulsive gambling withdrawal.

In a previous piece, we reminded you that the only way to quit your old unhealthy habits, you need to replace it with new and positive ones. One of such positive practice is exercise. It is doable, and you need next to nothing to start. However, these are all cognitive exercises; remember, we are dealing with a mental shift.  So, let’s talk about some of the tasks to try out now.

Exercises that helps cub gambling

The Crossroads

The Crossroads exercises involve weighing up your problems and thinking about the benefits of withdrawing from the habit. You can do this whenever the urge to gamble erupts in your mind.

Temporarily suppressing this urge is not enough, so you do the crossroad exercise. Take out your notepad, jot down the consequences of compulsive gambling and what will happen if you don’t stop. You should also list the positives, the benefits of withdrawing.

This exercise will help you spot the possible side effects and gains of your gambling habits. It will also help you maintain the willpower, the commitment to improve your situation.

Gambling Diary

This is quite similar to a crossroad, but rather than writing down the pros and cons of your addiction with gambling diary gives you a better view of your behavior and the cost of your habit. Write down the cost of gambling, how you feel when you gamble, the common triggers, and the consequences of your gambling addiction.

In your diary, you want to jot down things like

– What you were doing
– Who you were with whilst doing it
– The time and money spent
– The game you played – there are lots of addictive casino games out there
– The consequences of your actions.

Keeping records of these things is vital to your recovery process – it all depends on how frequently you gamble. You should jot down these things once or twice daily. Once you’ve completed your weekly writeup, reminisce on your actions, and find the pattern. The key could be when you are alone, that could be your trigger.

Improving your problem solving skills

Another cognitive exercise on our list is about improving problem – solving skills. It is not uncommon for a problem gambler to enter a circular thought – thinking that the solution to is addiction is gambling more. That might not make sense to you, but for a player, that seems to be the only solution, after all, their thoughts have been impaired. The answer, in reality, lies in developing realistic ways of solving their problems, which may be responsible for their anxiety and depressive states.

What do you do? Create a table with two columns. In the first column, jot the problem troubling you. In the second column, put a realistic solution to that problem. One of such pragmatic solutions could be unifying all your debts. Always remember that life’s solution requires time and effort.

Dealing with the gambling temptation

Delaying the urge will go a long way. After some time, the call will wear out. But what do you do before it fades off? Delaying techniques will go a long way.
Next to delay is distract. Once you’ve delayed the urge, you want to distract your brain. Fill the time by doing something more creative. A positive habit should always replace a negative one. When next you feel the urge to gamble, see it as a reminder to keep doing the positive thing.

Finally, you should decide in your conscious mind where you want to stand. You need to make a decision to stop gambling altogether. Start challenging your self today and watch as the results start to show tremendously. Looking back at all the exercises you’ve done so far will bear you witness of your will and zeal to successfully withdraw from the addiction.

Benefits of these exercises for a compulsive gambler.

Exercising makes you feel better

Amidst all the chaos and troubles in your head, feeling positive about something is a great thing. When you exercise regularly, your body produces natural chemicals not triggered by unhealthy habits, but the endorphins created can be linked to stress reduction. Doing all of the things we’ve listed above coupled with other physical exercises such as jogging will go a long way. What better way to meditate than doing a quick jog? it definitely better than visiting a gambling establishment.

It makes you feel secure

Exercising does make you feel secure. Gambling is recreational in moderation. But what happens when it spirals into an addiction, it becomes nothing but a stressful and unhealthy time-consuming habit. An exercise provides you an outlet to let out these tensions and act as the perfect stress reliever. It’s no breaking news the fact that is exercising regularly often results in lots of physical benefits. Add all of these with the right mental therapy; you will be a step closer to recovery. Speaking of recover;

Think better

One of the potholes of gambling is that when it turns to an addiction, it disrupts your thoughts. The stress sure has its hold on a compulsive gambler’s brain. Doing any of the exercises that we’ve highlighted above will help in more ways than one. The hard part is taking a step – take it!

It lets you recover strong.

When you exercise, you are training your mind, and it’s a great way to regain full control over your life. One of the surest ways of recovering strongly is doing regular exercises. Set yourself on that tough but highly rewarding path to recovery.