30 Days of No Fap and What I Learned? 

I wanted to share something pretty personal with you all. And I’ll be honest; it has taken me a lot of time to come up like this and talk about it openly.  

After all, I’m just an average guy; talking about my struggle with porn addiction and PIED was not easy for me.  

I was full of doubts. But then I thought about how it really felt at that time, struggling alone, being unable to express myself or get the right understanding. This particularly pushed me to come out and talk about my journey in the open.  

So, let me rewind a bit.  

I have been struggling with porn addiction since I was just a kid, around 13 years old. 

Yeah, pretty young, right? But, well, it was just me, a shy indoor kid filled with curiosity and an obsession to explore the virtual world. And eventually, it got me exploring porn, innocently enough, just out of curiosity.  

But before I knew it, it became a part of me. It settled into my daily routine, like brushing my teeth or checking my phone. In fact, I can say I grew up watching porn.  

Fast forward to now, when I reflect after understanding the repercussions, I can see what a constant battle it has been. 

Living with porn addiction has been a struggle that not only affected my relationships but my own sense of self-worth.  

I was struggling with mental strains, porn-induced erectile dysfunction, isolation, and frustration. I really wanted to get over it all, but the bad habits, well, they don’t go away so easily, right?  

But then something changed.  

At the beginning of April, I made a decision – no more porn. I wanted to try no fap for at least a month. I wanted to see if I can stop watching porn, even if just for 30 days.  

And you know what? I did it! 30 WHOLE DAYS without giving in to the temptation. (I am really proud of myself here!!) 

Now, the first few days were tough, I won’t lie. The urge to give in was overwhelming at times. It was almost unbearable.  

But I had this newfound sternness to fight myself and make my self-control win once, at least.  

And slowly but surely, I started to see changes.  

In fact, around the halfway mark, something incredible happened. I had a girl over.  

See, porn addiction had taken its toll on my ability to perform sexually. But for the first time in forever, I could get semi-erect and hold it.  

Also Read: 123 Days Stronger: Breaking Free From Porn Addiction

It might not sound like a big deal to some, but it was a huge thing for me. It was a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, overcoming porn addiction can help get my life back on a normal track.  

Sure, I ended up reaching for a blue chew to make sure she was satisfied, but it was progress.  

And that’s what matters. Progress, no matter how small, is still progress! 

And it wasn’t just about the physical changes. Mentally, after these porn free 30 days, I feel lighter.  This last month made me realize that I had been using porn as a crutch, a way to escape from reality. And in doing so, I was missing out on so much of what life had to offer. 

However, one thing that really hit me hard during these 30 days was the realization that- it’s not just about abstaining from porn. It’s about changing our mindset as well.  

For years, I convinced myself that porn was harmless, that “everyone does it.” But deep down, I knew it was wrong.  All this time in 12 years, I was lying to myself about my porn addiction. I had to acknowledge its damage to my life and take responsibility for my actions.  

And that’s where the real work begins – confronting those underlying beliefs and behaviors. It’s about breaking free from the cycle of shame and guilt and learning to love and respect yourself again. 

I’m not saying it’s easy. Lord knows it’s not.  

Also Read: How Quitting Porn Boosted My Confidence

But it’s worth it. Every single day is a step forward, a chance to reclaim control of your life. 

And if you’re reading this and thinking, “But I’m too old to change,” think again. I’ve seen people of all ages break free from porn addiction and rediscover happiness and fulfillment in their lives. 

Take it from me, a 25-year-old who’s been battling this addiction for over a decade. It’s never too late to start. Sure, it takes time and effort, but trust me, it will be worth it. 

Cheers to a brighter, porn-free future. 

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Lynda Mayer

Lynda Mayer, LPCC, an alumnus of the University of Minnesota with a master's degree in Clinical Psychology, is a seasoned licensed professional clinical counselor. With over a decade of experience in counseling, she specializes in adolescent mental health. Lynda actively shares her extensive knowledge and insights through writing, contributing significantly to the field of psychology and mental well-being. Her work not only demonstrates her expertise but also her commitment to improving adolescent mental health outcomes.

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