Manage Football Addiction

For many people, watching football is a beloved pastime. But for others, it’s an addiction.

If you miss important family events to watch a game or become angry, depressed or violent when a team loses, you may have an unhealthy obsession, according to Josh Klapow, a clinical psychologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

To manage a sports addiction, people must first admit they have a problem, Klapow said in a news release. They can also take the following steps:

  • Track how many hours in a week are spent watching sports. Include listening to games or playing them online.
  • Try to set limits. For example, watch one sporting event per week – or less than two hours per week.
  • Do not miss important family gatherings due to sports.
  • Spend time with your family or work out instead of watching sports.
  • Talk to your doctor.

Source: University of Alabama at Birmingham

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