May 04, 2021
Everyone needs a break, even you
When you’re gambling, taking a break is always a good idea. Your mind, body and wallet have their limits—shifting gears can help you feel refreshed, both physically and mentally, to make sure you’re in a good space to make informed decisions. So, while gambling can be a great source of entertainment, it’s essential to know when to fold ‘em and walk away for a bit.
The question is, what are some simple ways to help you take a break when you’re gambling? Here are just a few ideas.
1. Set a time limit
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re not thinking about it. That’s why it’s a good practice to set a limit when you sit down to play. Use the timer on your watch or smartphone, and get up and take a break when it goes off. On PlayNow.com, you can set daily or weekly time limits.
2. Set a budget—and stick to it
Before you start playing, consider how much money you’re willing to spend and lose. Write the number down so you’re more likely to commit to it. You can also set a weekly deposit limit through PlayNow.com. If and when you hit your budget, it’s time to do something else.
3. Find other fun things to do
This sounds a bit obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. It’s important to balance gambling with other activities. Maybe you always wanted to learn a song on the guitar, explore more of B.C.’s parks and trails, take up meditation, or bake bread. Nurturing other hobbies will encourage you to take breaks from playing and will pay dividends down the road of life—you can double down on that.
4. Check in with yourself
How are you feeling? Are you hungry or thirsty? Tired? Checking in with yourself may help you realize that you’re in need of a break, to grab a snack, stretch your legs, or get bit of fresh air. Fresh air is always a good idea.
Need more information or help?
Got questions or concerns related to gambling? Call or chat live with a GameSense Advisor from the comfort of your home any time of day or night.
Concerned about your gambling?
If you’re finding that you’re not able to take breaks, even when you try some of these strategies, it’s time to take action. Do a self-assessment about your gambling, or contact Gambling Support BC at 1-888-795-6111. It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.