How To Break a Child’s Video Game Addiction

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As of today, the world’s already growing faster than it was once perceived. There are technological advancements almost every other day. Somewhere, it also positively affects the gaming world. The games, that once was a fantasy, are now real. 

The ever-growing technology has matured the dimensions of the gaming world so much so, that it almost feels like the gamer has been bounded, yet to feel the exhilarating sensation of being physically present in the games. It has proven itself to enhance, and perfect the human brain in a lot of possible situations. It’s even used as a therapy since the brain cells react to the stimuli triggered by games, but ironically enough, now people are provided therapy against their addictive gaming habits. As the reality and complexity of games got modified with futuristic technology to become an alternate escape, a huge increase in admissions of teens with obsessive gaming was observed by the mental professionals at Elk River Treatment Program (ERTP). Later, it was listed in WHO under behavioral disorders as a Compulsive gaming disorder. 

Tony Gonzalez plays a video game in his room on December 3, 2012 in Woodbridge, Virginia. Gonzalez spends about an hour each night playing video games. (Photo/Deeana Garcia)

This article is going to enlighten some ways proven helpful in breaking a child’s video game addiction.

 There’s a technique proven very effective in breaking compulsive addictions. This is one of the most authentic ways to discipline yourself, and also to be punctual and free from distracting thoughts. If you make your child practice this regularly and help him set his desired goals in his schedule, as of tomorrow, he would definitely be free of his compulsive need to play video games. 

This is not so much of a listed technique, but it has proven quite effective. The therapists call it “free-yourself-from-yourself”. 

When one is addicted to compulsive gaming, he cannot help but think about certain gaming activities, when and what he’s supposed to play next, and how he’s supposed to make sure that he gets through that as soon as possible. 

The way to free yourself from these thoughts is to keep yourself busy in other productive activities. 

  • Music and dancing — release hormones that relax your mind and body. As listening helps you clear your mind, it also cleanses it from all the destructive thoughts while dancing is a form of exercise that enhances one’s focus and fights depression as well. 
  • Gymnastics — is a sport that teaches you the art of stretching and flexibility while also enhancing balance, strength, agility, coordination, and endurance. The exercises involved play a huge role in better growth and health, and also in the development of all muscle groups, including arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest, and abdominal muscles. 
  • Painting — make your brain evolve to have creative aspects and ideas. It hasn’t just been proven to build problem-solving and motor skills but has also been very productive in strengthening memory. It also nurtures emotional growth and promotes an optimistic attitude. Read this article to know the qualities of a healthy brain.

There’s another treatment often known as the “recursive check and balance”. It involves learning to manage your time and dividing it over a scheduled timetable. 

Now the question that arrives is “how” to achieve a breakthrough in one’s compulsive habits. There are 5 components that might help you manage yourself proactively: 

  1. Worry about the moment — Do you check your smartphone during classes or talk on the phone while you do your homework? One of the factors to keep into consideration is doing a given task at one time; multitasking often decreases productivity as it causes distraction. Remember, you managed a calendar only to make sure that everything happens at a given time. This would help you give undivided attention to your plans, automatically keeping your schedule in balance. 
  2. Review your schedule an evening before — At the end of the workday, take a look at tomorrow’s schedule. Start with your first appointment, pausing for a brief moment, before going on to the next, until you’ve finished. 
  3. Practice regular check-ins — Make it a habit to check your schedule ahead of time. It helps you comfortably ease your schedule in. It’s easy once you adopt a method called “Read Aloud”. It is speaking out loud to yourself. Once you do that, you are always subconsciously aware of what’s done and what’s to come; just like maintaining a to-do list.
  4. Don’t be afraid to say “no.” — If anything threatens to throw your schedule off, don’t be afraid to decline the invitation. Since you’re in a learning process, it’s okay to slip once but don’t let it fool you. One important thing to remember is not to let this become an excuse. 
  5. Take respective action — If you want to stay on schedule, you must pay attention to the time and act accordingly. If you’re playing a game, you are about to unlock something new or maybe even finish a current milestone, and it’s currently 1:55 while you were supposed to play only until 2:00, take your moment and put an end to it. Don’t let your conscience take the best of you. 

Practicing and encouraging your children to make this handful of activities their everyday thing can help them fight the negative energy, it can also, quite effectively, treat addiction issues.

Author Bio:

Samantha Palmer is a senior content developer and a blogger who loves to share her views on diverse topics. She holds great knowledge and experience of creative writing.

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