Make new habits
... with your money
Money is important to gamblers, not least because it represents winning, success, good times. If you bury your head in the sand and ignore money worries, you will be more likely to fail. It is hard but you need to be able to have a financial plan to enable you to live the life you want to live. Good sources of advice and help with debt are:
... with your relationships
Gambling often affects relationships either because of the money being spent, or because the gambler has been hiding their problem and lying about the extent of their gambling. Good sources of support are:
... with your time
You may find you have a lot more time on your hands. This may have been a cause of your gambling in the first place. It is important to make new habits of how you use your time. Do you need to prioritise time with your partner or children? Have you got a hobby?
We would suggest that if you need a hobby you could apply these criteria:
- Is it constructive to your (or others) physical or mental health?
- Is it social in some way?
- Does it require a long term commitment?