Callers to the Gambling Help telephone line often say, “I just have to have more willpower” as a strategy to manage their gambling. Then, when exercising their willpower is not enough to reduce or stop gambling, they decide: “I am weak willed.” In reality, neither statement is true. When we are trying to change any … Continue reading Power up: How to support your willpower
We find ourselves in a very strange moment. While some people are overwhelmed with the size of their to-do list, others are finding it difficult to find things to do at all. Counsellor Sam discusses the role of boredom in changing your habits.
People who are trying to change their gambling habits can find that managing their money is especially difficult. Getting money on payday can lead to gambling, especially if money has been tight or you have recently received a large bill which triggers the urge to gamble to make money. Choosing someone to help you manage … Continue reading You can bank on your buddy: Ask a friend to hold your money
For many Gambling Help clients, the struggle with gambling can be a symptom of a broader issue: a reaction to a stressful experience in their life, such as grief or loneliness, or a response to an ongoing mental health issue. Sometimes we might not realise the connection until a counsellor helps ‘join the dots’. Some … Continue reading Join the Dots: The connection between mental health and gambling
It might sound strange, but deciding to make a change to your gambling can be just like getting fit. Here are our tips to 'get in shape'.
If you had a difficult childhood and now find yourself wanting to make a change to your gambling, it can be helpful to understand that there may be physiological or emotional factors that led you to this situation, as it can help you to figure out how to act from here. Counsellor Sam discusses the link between childhood trauma and adult distress.
A common thought that many Gambling Help clients have is “Do I need to hit rock bottom in order to change? How bad do things have to get before change happens?”
The good news is you can decide to make a change at any time.
As we approach 2019, many people we speak to are taking stock and realising that they don’t like the role that gambling plays in their lives. If that sounds like you, that realisation is an opportunity to make positive change in your life and the lives of your loved ones.
There are some common worries that stop people from reaching out to Gambling Help NSW. Here's why they're not as big a problem as you might think.
People thinking about making changes to their gambling habits often find it daunting deciding where to start: Should you go to Gambling Anonymous meetings? Go to see a psychologist? See a counsellor? Try to do it all by yourself? If you’re seeking help for the first time, it’s understandable that you may be confused about … Continue reading 4 ways to get help: What do they look like?