How To Stop Gambling. Recognise The Early Signals & Take Action!

It's not a nice feeling when one finally comes to the realisation that they have to quit something that they love. Be it smoking cigarettes or wanting to stop gambling, it is always a test of one's resolve when it comes to the crunch.

First, one has to have a big enough "why to," i.e. why they have to stop. If one has a big enough reason as to why they have to stop gambling, then and only then, can they then go about finding the solution. That's the "how to", how to quit, that will be required.

It is important that when lapses do occur that the person trying to reform themselves are aware of the triggers that set these lapses in motion. As time goes on they will be able to recognise them earlier and pre-empt them, which will enable them to manage these urges more effectively.

Everyone has heard the expression of having an uncontrollable urge. Whenever one tries to control such an emotion, be it stopping smoking or gambling, this is an inevitable occurrence that one will have to deal with. It's all part of the process. Every time the urge is overcome, the more control is gained.

Urges will come in different forms. For some people it will disguise itself as a positive thought, like "feeling lucky". Others on the other hand may experience particular feelings of agitation, anxiety coupled with butterflies in the stomach.

These occurrences may start out small, like a gentle ripple on the sea, increasing in size as they come to the shore. Recognising the onset is key if one wants to stop gambling.

Take some slow deep breaths and set the "Distraction" wheels in motion, as urges usually don't last longer than an hour. Have a pre-written "Benefits List" close to hand, it will help focus the mind on what one truly wants and help in ultimately replacing the old habit with a good one.