I’m kinda new, but practically oldcomer on this forum. I’m battling with this addiction for about 3 years now.
I had ups and downs, but the whole idea of self-improvement let me to get better at certain areas. I feel I learn a bit how manage my time, be more self-organized, learn about new stuff; but addiction is still there and it pops up whenever I feel tired or sleepy.
When it happens it might take couple weeks to come back on track, because the body craves for more and more and it ends up in daily binging circle like now.
“How to prevent it?” - you might ask.
Usually post-relapse thoughts revolt around “this is the last time I’ve done it”, “tomorrow will be different” or “ok enough, I gonna change it, I wake up tomorrow morning at 5am and go for 100 miles run”. All ideas sound cool, but in most cases this is just a mental game. Its easy to to think about it, when your brain just been hit by dopamine dosage. However, your body is still physically weak due to lack of sleep, energy, minerals etc.
So during initial stage of NoFap my advice is to:
- take it easy
- get some rest, have a good quality sleep (daily PMO is no bueno)
- eat healthly, drink water
After a while you will notice you will become more energetic and you will be able to spend that energy on improving yourself and in the same time:
- focus on one thing
- don’t overwhelm yourself with too many tasks/activities
- be aware how much sleep you need (probably less than on the start)
- learn step by step
Please remember being tired, sleepy, pressured might lead to PMO. Take care of your self-being.