+1, Gamer addict right here. I almost fucked up my education cos I was just gaming all day (competitive online games mostly). The problem was that gaming did not give my brain time to think about anything else, so I did not manage to generate any long time goals. During that time period (maybe 5 years) when I was doing any other stuff (part time work, school), I was constantly just looking forward to next gaming session. I made some plans on paper what I would do next time I get to game and some meaningless mind exercises etc.
I dont know how it happened exactly, there was a breakup from relationship and some depression, moving to new place, but somehow I got a little healthier relationship with gaming and now I have good paying job and I'm able to play let's say max 1-2 hours a day after work with no regrets or thinking constantly about gaming. Maybe during some weekends more if nothing else to do, I might play longer periods. Now I got good paying job and a better balanced life with actual life goals too.
My tips for OP
1. If you are not going to become a pro, gaming should not be priority, for me priorities go something like this right now
- Social life (family friends)
- Gaming (other hobbies)
Effectively this means that no matter what i.e. if going to meet family or to workout, I will not skip it cos of gaming. It's a decision I made once and it has lasted surprisingly well
2. Don't play same game all the time, play some single player games too and learn again to like gaming, not just "execute" gaming like robot. For me I had not played single player games at all since childhood, but I encountered Witcher 3 and Sekiro on steam and they took me off online gaming for months. It was very pleasant that you can pause any time and just continue when ever you want or have time. Latest new game was Battlefront 2, which was at the time free in Epic store. So much fun! There was sudden uprising of 16 million new players, me included, because the game was given for free. A total war in a clones vs clankers setting (not all mapsthough), while some swinging lightsabers in the middle. Currently similar kind of momentum is on Valheim to my understanding, but I haven't tried that out yet.
3. Community CS: best thing ever. I was invited to some community and those games are really fun. No ranking ladder just whenever there is 10 people in certain dc channel, select two captains who will veto teams and play games. Everyone trying their best. In these games ive learned so much and have had so much fun.
Weird thing is that also my MM csgo rank is higher than ever before, even though I'm playing much less. I think it due to that now that there is less games I play each with more quality (and always a warmup even if just one game). I also think that I view my own game much more objectively and my communication is better. When I was playing all day, I was very angry and frustrated and blaming others during MM. Even my IRL friends. Now I can even lose and laugh about it, this was not possible before.
Now I enjoy also following the pro scene (matches, interviews and stuff), before I would think that this would be waste of time (other than maybe watching some short pro demos). Now I'm genuinely interested about what's going on behind the scenes and I think this has increased the quality of my now pleasant hobby called CSGO.