Many people who gamble say it’s a way to avoid boredom, or cope with stressful situations.
Learning to deal with grief, stress or even boredom is a skill. It takes practice to manage your emotions and deal with these situations without turning to gambling.
It’s important to have other activities in your life to keep you busy and fulfilled. Making time to do the things you enjoy can protect you as you recover from gambling harm. Try these ideas below.
Meet new people
Trying a new activity is a great way to fill the void left as you recover from problem gambling. You could join a book club, a fitness group or take up crocheting – the possibilities are endless! Your world will open up as you make new friends.
Click here to find a group meetup near you.
Volunteering is a fantastic way to take your mind off yourself, and think more positively as you begin helping others.
Click here to find volunteering opportunities near you.
Learn a language
If gambling has become a habit that you want to break, you will need to change the way your brain works.
Learning a language will occupy your time while you’re learning, and improve your brain’s ability to change. It may also protect you against dementia.
Click here to find a language course at Libraries Tasmania.
Physical activity releases happy hormones, increases the circulation of blood to the brain, and builds self-esteem.
Find a sport or recreation to join near you.
Get support from Gamblers Help
Your Gamblers Help counsellor can encourage and support you to find an activity that will work for you. Our service is FREE, confidential and without judgement.
Call Gamblers Help on 1800 243 232.
Check our website for more information, and to read how Gamblers Help has supported other Tasmanians: www.anglicare-tas.org.au/gambling-support/
The website lists the street addresses of our offices. You don’t need an appointment – simply drop in.