Last Updated on April 29, 2020
Even though you can sometimes win at gambling, you are more likely to lose. Much more likely. If you are looking for affirmations to help you stop gambling, then you are sick of losing and feeling the negative emotions like anger, shame, and guilt that come with your losses. You are tired of losing, trying again, losing, trying again, losing, trying again… in short, being stuck in a negative loop. You want out. You want to spend your money on things you enjoy. You want to find other ways to actually, viably increase your income. And that’s where the following affirmations come in. Once you believe them, you can stop gambling and start doing more fun, productive things in your life.
8 Affirmations To Help You Stop Gambling
1. I Enjoy Doing Things I Have Control Over
Whether you are buying lottery tickets or gambling at the casino, race track, or online, you know who controls whether you win or lose. The odds. The odds are never in your favor and gambling organizations know this and possibly even help ensure it.
Gambling organizations don’t care about your feelings or struggles. They care about the money going in and out.
So, you may believe you can play the system, but the odds are always against you.
When it comes to winning the lottery, your odds are 1 in 14 million.
When it comes to winning the big jackpot, your odds can be as low as 1 in 33 million.
You have no control over whether or not you are going to win. Why put your time, energy, and money into something that controls you? This is your life. Take control over it!
And always remember, you do have you control over your urges. The urge to gamble usually goes away within an hour, so you can control what you do with that time. You don’t need to pull out money, get online, or drive in the direction of the nearest casino. Instead, you can read a book, talk to a friend, or go for a walk until the urge passes.
2. I Have Better Things To Do Than Gamble
What are you sacrificing so that you can gamble? Your relationships with your loved ones? Your time spent on furthering your career? Your time spent on furthering yourself through reading or personal development classes?
Life is waiting for you to live it. Even if you won every time you gambled, it’s important to remember that gambling can suck a lot of time and energy out of your life. You will regret not spending more time with loved ones or doing things that make you feel alive and excited.
And, of course, gambling can suck a lot of money out of your life. Money that couldn’t have been spent on making memories or invested in opportunities that could actually help you make money in the short and long term!
As soon as you get the thought in your head that you might want to go gamble, replace it with thoughts about other things to do that will give you much more value than gambling ever will. This will help you avoid making the choice to go gamble and, instead, allow you to make the choice to do something better.
3. I Value Being Honest With Myself And Others
Problem gambling makes us into liars. We lie to ourselves about how much we have spent, how much we can make back, and how much we LOVE gambling. And, we lie to others about what we are doing, how much we spent, and how we can make it up to them knowing darn well that we can’t make up the money or the time lost with them ever.
Doing better things allows us to be honest, and the feeling you get from that is worth more than a couple of hundred bucks that you win and then put back into your gambling.
There are 430,000 people in the UK have with a gambling problem, and a further 2 million at risk of developing a serious gambling addiction. This delay will see more lives and communities ruined by problem gambling.
— Tom Watson (@tom_watson) October 29, 2018
4. I Have Healthy Habits To Deal With Negative Feelings
Do you gamble when you are stressed out, unhappy, or feeling depressed? Is it a way to take your mind off things for a while? If yes, then you will want to rethink it.
Gambling just adds to the negative feeling or shifts it to something else. For instance, you start gambling when you are feeling stressed, and then you come out of gambling feeling depressed. This is why there are so many suicides in relation to problem gambling.
There are many other ways to deal with negative feelings that will actually help you feel good, productive, and joyful.
For instance, when you are feeling stressed out, you can engage in a hobby that makes you feel happy and grateful. Hiking, writing, reading, or creating something are all ways to move through your stressed-out state and come out the other end actually feeling good about yourself.
5. I Find Other Ways To Be Social
If you enjoy the social aspect of gambling, remember that there are plenty of healthy ways you can get out and be social that doesn’t include flushing your money and dignity down the toilet.
You can join a club, volunteer, go to a coffee shop, or visit family. You can get out there and connect with people who are happy and in a state of joy and relaxation rather than anxiety and tension.
6. I Find Creative Ways To Make Money
If you view gambling as a way to make money, you are not being honest with yourself. Despite your fantasies of winning every time, you are going to lose more often than not. The odds are against you. You know this. So, you need to find other ways to make money or pay off debts.
You can seek help from a debt specialist if your debt is large.
But, if you just want to make more money, you can find ways to do that. Use your talents or creativity and come up with ways you can offer your services to others for a price. I guarantee you can do it. I have seen people interested in things like journaling, cooking, or just talking make a living off what interests them most.
7. I Have A Lot Of Self-Control
If you feel like a slave to your gambling, it’s time to rev up the affirmation and belief that you are in control of your life and what you do with it.
Gambling doesn’t own you.
Gambling doesn’t decide who you are.
You do that.
So, affirm to yourself that you have a lot of self-control and live in that mindset where you choose what you want to do.
8. I Really Want To Stop Gambling
There may be reasons that pop into your head about why you should continue to gamble. For instance, maybe you believe that you should give yourself more chances because if you stop gambling right now you may never know how much you could actually win. When you think of these reasons, affirm to yourself that you really want to stop gambling, no matter what.
Once you develop the true desire to stop gambling and realize that it’s not an activity you want to put your time, energy, and money into, you will stop gambling.
You are powerful like that. When you want something bad enough, you are able to find a way to get it, even if that want is to stop doing something.