Reduce the amount available on debit and credit cards
Limit the cash you carry
Pay bills and buy groceries first, to reduce the risk of gambling this money.
The good news is these tips don’t just apply to gambling. You can use this approach to help save for a holiday, pay off debt or cut unnecessary spending – not a bad idea in this era of increased cost of living.
Delay the decision
If you really want to break the gambling habit, a simple but effective approach is to press pause. In other words, delay the decision to gamble.
When the urge to place a bet hits, try doing something else to help take your mind off it. Bonus points if it’s meditative or good for you, but the key here is really just to keep your mind busy while the impulse to gamble passes.
Relax and think calm and reassuring thoughts
Take some deep breaths to slow yourself down and think about what you can do instead
Distract yourself with an activity to make you feel calm, such as having a shower or a bath, reading a book or watching TV (Netflix is your friend here)
Tell yourself “maybe I won’t bet, I’ll see how I feel in an hour” and then go and do something else.
Remember, you’ve got this. Do what you need to do to fight the desire to gamble, and over time the desire will ease.
The more you decide not to have a punt, the stronger and more determined you’ll be.
Where to get help
If gambling is a problem for you, or you’re affected by someone else’s betting, help is readily available. Gambling harm is real and you don’t have to go it alone.
Open Arms provides free and confidential counselling support to veterans and their families 24/7.
Gambling Help Onlineoffers free support for anyone affected by gambling, including confidential online, telephone and face-to-face counselling.