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How to Celebrate International Boost Self-Esteem Day

Published: February 27, 2023

Boosting your self-esteem can sometimes seem tough, especially if gambling is a large part of your life. When gambling often and/or with large quantities of money, whether you’re up or down is entirely up to chance, and this can leave you feeling down in the dumps for an entirely avoidable reason. 

That’s why, for International Boost Self-Esteem Day, it’s important to remember to keep all gambling responsible, and to find ways to boost your self-esteem that aren’t connected to the artificial ups and downs of gambling. To keep your self-esteem up and your gambling responsible, try out these helpful tips: 

Set limits on your gambling and sports betting 

Many apps offer responsible gambling features that let you set limits on the amount of money you can deposit, the time you can spend in them, and how often you can bet. You can also ask a friend to keep you accountable and track your own spending and gambling time to determine how much you’re gambling.

Recognize that all gambling and sports betting comes with risks, including to your emotional wellbeing and self-esteem

In addition to the inherent financial risk of gambling money, problem gambling can result in feelings of inadequacy and depression, which can lead to emotional issues. If you ever feel overwhelmed, do not hesitate to call the free Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966 or the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988. 

Know when to walk away from sports betting and gambling

Gambling can be a fun activity to be engaged in with friends and family, and betting on significant sports events like March Madness can be a way to add personal stakes to the big game. But if gambling or sports betting is becoming such a big part of your life that you’re missing out on family time, not enjoying the sport itself, or finding that gambling is the only way to feel “up,” it might be time to stop and find other ways to boost your self-esteem.

Build little victories into your life that don’t involve gambling

It doesn’t take much to feel accomplished. By putting realistically accomplishable things on your to-do list, you can get the self-esteem boost of crossing them off. Try making a list of rooms in your house you need to clean, errands you need to run, or other tasks that you can accomplish in just a few minutes. Carry your list and pen with you and feel a burst of self-esteem when you cross each task off. 

Take Time For You

When gambling is your only hobby, you’re missing out on all of the richness and fullness of life, including rest time and other things you can do that boost your self-esteem and have fun. Try going to the movies on your own, taking a walk at one of Ohio’s many excellent state parks, or reading a good book. When you keep your gambling responsible and engage in other hobbies, you’ll feel a boost to your self-esteem. 

Additionally, if you are growing concerned about your own gambling or betting habits, or those of someone you love, call Ohio’s Problem Gambling Helpline now. Trained and understanding specialists are ready to offer free and confidential support 24/7. Call 1-800-589-9966 or text 4HOPE to 741741.

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