How To Limit Gambling Activity?

Gambling is the UK’s most popular leisure with millions loving the excitement of having a bet and seeing if their skills and luck surpass the test of the odds and win it. Although one loss is not the end of the world, winning makes us be on top of it, and that feeling is what makes us so prone to keep betting.

If we aren’t careful and don’t put some boundaries we can easily start gambling irrationally because we’ll end not chasing loses or victories but also the feeling of escaping from reality.

Limiting Gambling Activities

The following are some measures that can help you raise the bar on how much gambling is acceptable and prevent it from taking more than you are willing to give.

 Bet only with money you are willing to lose

Before leaving to the bookies or making our first deposit in an online casino, we must know how much money we can dispose of to gamble. This can be known after setting aside all current living expenses such as rent/mortgage, leasing payments, groceries and even savings. This enables us to be comfortable to bet, even if we lose.

Know and establish your limits

It is very easy to lose ourselves gambling. Setting a maximum deposit and time limit to our gambling sessions can help us build a greater balance without letting our excitement take the best of ourselves and our bankrolls. If we have several gambling accounts, we must establish the same limitation on all of them to minimize the risk of spending all our money during a gambling spree.

Gambling is not your only entertainment

Boredom is a common trigger that pushes us to make a flutter. Engaging in other activities especially sports, can help us fill the blanks and minimize the stress and anxiety that ironically gambling also creates. This makes gambling less relevant and also more enjoyable since we treat it as a special occasion instead of our everyday leisure.

Taking breaks from gambling

At the moment we sense our betting getting impulsive we can request operators to restrict our accounts for 24 hours up to several weeks. This is done to help us regain a clear head, for a brief period before dumping money until getting emotional and financially exhausted.

Use GamStop Self-Exclusion

Although similar to taking a break this is done when you are aware of being at risk of problem gambling. Although self-exclusion can be done with a single operator, using a scheme like Gamstop can help to prevent any access from any licensed operator except new non GamStop casinos via CasinoGap.org in the United Kingdom.

This protection can be combined with other free or paid services such as Gamban, BetBlocker or BertFilter, to add an extra layer of protection and help you cope with recovery.

Never carry money in excess when gambling

It is very easy to lose track of time and money once you get caught by the rush of excitement during a gambling session. To prevent fuelling that critical situation Leaving all credit and debit cards, and just betting with an established amount, helps to build awareness on each bet we are making.

Keeping track of your gambling expenses

By comparing them to other things you might want such as a vacation or getting debts paid quicker is a strong reality check that puts you in perspective on what are your current priorities.

Gambling can become a pleasant activity but like many things in life, it should be exercised with moderation. Never hesitate to ask for help when you feel that gambling is taking a significant portion of yourself. Always remember that among all the things you can gamble, your wellbeing and those surrounding you is not one of them.

Why do We Gamble?

Fun might be the usual answer to the question, but the reality behind it can be more complex.  Behind the excitement of seeing our flutter win or lose, other motivations make us put one wager after another.

Betting as a source of income

Having an extra money flow to splurge and pay the things we need is something we all want, but not everyone has. That’s why winning a jackpot when it comes to meeting ends becomes a huge relief and makes us fancy the idea of gambling to have a side or full income. But the harsh reality is that only 5% of gamblers barely make a decent living defying the odds, and only 1% of these professionals have enough skill, bankroll, and mental resilience to become successful and survive the feast and famine cycles of this career path.

Gambling as a social activity

While gambling alone is a pleasant activity, having peers around reaffirming your bragging rights for each winning (even the small ones) or giving you the shoulder when things go wrong, does make it more joyful. However, that feeling can become intoxicating and mask other issues. Behind the smiles and cheers, other nasty elements can hide and make us derail from our purpose and even entice us to keep gambling until getting flat broke.

Gambling to only alleviate stress and anxiety

With our everyday burden staking over the shoulders, gambling becomes a resort to feel something more exciting and steam out some of the pressure. But the distraction we find among cards, dice and slots can become an escape valve from reality making us fall unaware of gambling’s addictive effects until late notice.

Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is the psychological dependence of any gambling activity to feel fulfilment   While no one can turn a problem gambler from one day to another it is a process that caught us at the very moment we seek gambling as the only source of entertainment, in measures to prevent us from taking a joy ride that can end in tragedy.

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