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15 Practical Tips to Quit Porn for Good


Introduction

It is a common misconception that only troops fight in war and that this occurs exclusively on battlefields. In reality, everyone is engaged in combat.

Fighting against unhealthy habits is no less than war; the only difference is that on the battlefield there is a physical fight, whereas in a fight against an unhealthy habit, a person has to fight mentally against his own ideas and uncontrollable cravings that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle.

If he wins the war, the door towards success and a stress-free life opens. On the other hand, if he loses the war, he has to keep living his life with unhealthy habits. Which will eventually lead him to his downfall.

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Watching pornography is also included in the list of these unhealthful habits, as it leads to addiction to porn and causes other health issues. So, if you don’t want to witness your downfall, quitting porn is the only way out.

To enable this abstinence from porn, you can read this article, as we are going to guide you on this journey by talking about how to quit watching porn.


1. Quitting cold turkey isn’t for everyone.

Breaking the porn habit is not an easy task, as people get addicted to the dopamine released while watching porn. This dopamine release makes them feel stress-free, and they think they are able to escape reality. So, setting yourself free from this dopamine addiction is very tough.

Now the question arises: if porn is so addictive, then how do you quit watching porn? The answer is that no matter how addictive porn is, it doesn’t change the fact that watching porn has many negative effects on an individual.

To release oneself, all you need is some support and strong willpower. Below are a few steps that you can take to increase your willpower.


How to increase my willpower

Strong willpower will help you battle this addiction and will let you free yourself from the negative effects it causes. Below are a few ways to strengthen your willpower:

  1. Reason: Porn is an addiction, and to leave it, you will first have to understand why you are leaving it, that is, find out all the harmful effects of watching porn. This knowledge will help you in your journey, as whenever you want to watch porn, you will be reminded of the negative effects it can cause, which will help you increase your determination to set yourself free from this bad habit.
  2. Meditation: Meditation helps a person calm their mind and gain their concentration. So meditating on your no pornography journey will help you a lot, as during this journey there will be times when you feel uneasy and will feel very low but if you start meditating then it will help you stay calm and reduce these side effects.
  3. Support: You should get some support from your family or trusted friend, as building a support system will help you stay motivated and move forward in this difficult journey.


2. Take one step at a time, but keep moving ahead.

To leave this addiction, you can’t just quit watching porn all at once because that will cause you anxiety and increase your urge to watch porn. So, to quit this addiction, you have to take one step at a time, like first reducing the screen time, then avoiding those sites by using blocker apps, etc.

Taking one step at a time will help you escape this addiction without much suffering because if you take one step at a time, you will physically and mentally prepare yourself for this abstinence.


Steps involved in this journey

Below are a few steps that you can take to set yourself free from this addiction.

  1. Reducing your screen time.
  2. Blocking pornography sites and apps
  3. Replacing pornography’s time with those activities that you enjoy.
  4. Start socializing.


3. Learn to handle relapses sportively.

Relapse is a phase in quitting porn use, and one should not get demotivated from relapse; instead, they should think that they were able to stop porn use for a long time and relapse was just a stepping stone.

They should stay positive by telling themselves that they can again continue this journey, and this time they should increase the time range. What I mean to say is that let’s say you relapsed in 3 days, so your next goal should be to avoid relapse for 5–6 days instead of just getting demotivated and leaving this journey incomplete.


How to handle a relapse

Below are a few steps on how one can handle relapse:

  1. Understand that relapse is a passing phase and that everyone on this journey faces it.
  2. To avoid relapsing in the future, identify the cause of your previous relapse.
  3. Discuss your feelings with someone you trust.


4. Join a like-minded community.

Join a community

You are not alone in this journey many people are suffering from the same issue, so instead of wasting your time on porn sites, start utilizing your time by joining a community that helps people set themselves free from porn.

These communities have people who are just like you; they are also suffering from porn addiction and are trying to quit it.

Joining this community will give you support and also give you the chance to support others.


Community

Below are the names of a few communities that will help you tackle this internet pornography addiction.

  1. NoFap community
  2. No Nut November Movement
  3. Blockerx community
  4. Fight the new drug.


5. Understand that recovery is not a straight line.

Recovery from porn addiction is not a straight line; you can’t just quit porn in one go. You have to face a lot of hardships, which include withdrawal symptoms, relapse, and much more.

But these are just a passing phase, and once you overcome them, you will be able to set yourself free from this addiction. So, you have to prepare yourself to face these hardships, and instead of getting demotivated by them, you have to stay positive and continue your journey.


How to stay positive on this journey

Below are a few ways how you can stay positive in this journey.

  1. Share your thoughts and feelings with friends and family.
  2. Join support groups to get along with people who are suffering from the same issue.
  3. Start doing activities that interest you.


6. Knowing the psychology behind porn addiction helps in recovery.

The best way to quit porn is to understand the reason behind the addiction because once you understand why you are addicted, you will be able to find a way to leave this addiction. What I mean to say is that people have different reasons for getting addicted to it. Some get addicted because they have a lot of free time, while others get addicted to escape reality.

So, if the person gets to know the reason, they will be able to find a way. Let’s say you are getting addicted to porn because you are very lonely. So now all you need to do is socialize to remove your loneliness and help yourself cope with this addiction.


How to understand psychology

Below are a few ways that will help you understand the psychology behind porn addiction.

  1. Read books and articles related to porn and its addiction.
  2. Speak with a therapist or someone who has overcome this addiction.
  3. Watch scientific and well-researched videos related to this addition.


7. Consider masturbation without porn as an option.

Masturbation is a normal practice and is not bad, but masturbating while watching porn is considered bad as it leads to addiction, not just to porn but also to masturbation. This means now you start masturbating whenever you watch porn, which will reduce your sperm count, which eventually leads to infertility.

It can also lead to erectile dysfunction, insensitivity, etc. So, you should stop masturbating while watching porn; this will lead to healthy masturbation practices and will protect you from all the side effects of excess masturbation.


8. Work on developing a healthy lifestyle.

healthy lifestyle

If you don’t want to face sexual dysfunction and other negative effects of porn addiction, then you have to start working towards a healthy lifestyle. You can start by waking up early, exercising, eating healthy food, reducing screen time, meditating, socializing, sleeping early, etc.

By incorporating these healthy habits into your daily routine, you’ll stay focused and find less time to watch porn. You’ll also become healthier and more efficient.


9. Share your problems with people who are close to you.

You should think about discussing your issue with a reliable friend as well. When someone confides in someone, they are able to identify a solution.

If you are not comfortable in sharing these problems with people you know you can seek professional help or support group help to share your problem and set yourself free from this burden.


10. Take on bigger porn abstinence goals as you build momentum.

Quitting this bad habit is a long process. You can’t just decide to quit this addiction and set yourself free in one day.

You have to start by taking baby steps, and then, as you build confidence and willpower, increase the dose.

What I mean to say is that if you suddenly quit porn use in one go, then you will start feeling anxious and depressed as your brain has become addicted to the dopamine release.

So, you have to start by reducing the dose of porn, which will prepare your mind and body for the abstinence process and will not affect your mental and physical health in abruptly.


11. Cut out people in your life who believe porn is not harmful.

If you want to live a better life, you have to cut off those people who believe that watching porn is not harmful, as they are having a negative effect on your goal to achieve a good and satisfying life.

These people will not help you in your porn-free journey; instead, they will motivate you to watch porn and make you feel that it will not affect you which is wrong, it is better that you cut off these people from your life.

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12. Keep journaling your journey.

You should start keeping a note of your journey, as it will help you analyze your progress and let you know about your improvements.

This journal will also help you understand your thoughts, and if you are lonely on this journey, then it will help you share your thoughts instead of keeping them bottled up.


13. Help others on the same journey.

You should start helping people who are on the same journey. Helping them will provide them with a support system and will also help you build a support system.

You can start helping others by joining the NoFap community, No Nut November, etc., where people suffering from internet pornography come together to set themselves free.


14. Never give up.

One of the easiest things in the world is to give up, but giving up doesn’t provide a solution to your problem.

One can only find a solution for his problem when he fights with his bad habit and tries to understand the reason behind his addiction to this habit.

Giving up is for cowards and not for fighters, so if you don’t want to be called a coward and get eaten by your addiction,

You have to quit the thought of giving up and should never consider it as an option. Only then will you be able to fight your pornography addiction.


15. Commit to eventually quitting porn completely.

If you want a good sexual life, healthy relationships, and peace, then you have to make a commitment to yourself that you will quit watching porn.

We understand that giving up on pornography is a very tough decision, and you have to face many hardships. But you have to understand that these hardships are just a passing phase, and when you set yourself free from this addiction, you will gain a lot more and lose nothing.


Conclusion

Overcoming pornography is a tough process. You have to face a lot of ups and downs, but that doesn’t mean that there is no way to recover from this addiction.

Pornography recovery is very essential, as addiction to porn leads to a dull life and also causes many negative effects like infertility, depression, reduced sex drive, no interest in real relationships, erectile dysfunction, etc.

So, you have to overcome pornography’s negative effects by leaving pornography. You can do so by reducing your screen time on social media and other porn sites, ignoring negative emotions like demotivation, sharing your thoughts and feelings with a trusted person, etc.


FAQs

Q. How does watching porn affect the sexual behavior of an individual?

Pornography use has a bad effect on the sexual behavior of an individual as it causes less interest in real-life sexual activities and also leads to premature ejaculation, infertility, etc.


Q. How do I quit watching porn?

Quitting porn is the best decision a porn addict can make to improve his life. To quit porn, you have to first gain knowledge as to why porn is bad for your health, then you have to start building your support so that you don’t feel alone in this journey.

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Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt

Morgan Schmidt, LPC, a Yale University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, specializes in addiction treatment and is a licensed professional counselor. His practice as a therapist is informed by both his academic background and hands-on experience in the field. In addition to his therapeutic work, Morgan is also an active writer, sharing his knowledge on psychological and addiction topics, thereby reaching and educating a broader audience.

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