Let’s face it: our generation is screwed. Our brains are wired for high attention and reward, which is why we love dopamine-soaking apps like Instagram so much. We spend our days scrolling through images of perfect people in exotic locations, with flawless skin, interesting hobbies, and great teeth.
And this has led to an epidemic of low self-esteem, social anxiety, and strained relationships. We’re constantly searching for a quick fix to correct these negative effects. But what if the solution was something we had all along? Self-discipline. Healthy habits.
Reaching out to others instead of reaching for a pipe or computer screen in moments of weakness. NoFap (no fapping; also known as fapping or fapping Challenges) is self-imposed abstinence from masturbation as well as sexual intercourse that is undertaken for various reasons such as reducing the risk of contracting STIs or certain types of cancer, boosting confidence or connection with partners, relieving stress or improving other aspects of one’s life.
How does NoFap actually work?
When we’re deprived of a certain pleasure, our brain releases endorphins to fill the void. The longer you abstain from that pleasure, the more intense those endorphins become.
NoFap is about training your mind to see the bigger picture. Instead of thinking about the quick pleasure of masturbating, we should consider the long-term consequences of our actions such as the potential for contracting STDs or developing a porn addiction.
Look, we’re all guilty of overindulging at some point in our lives. The key is to learn from our mistakes and move on. Masturbation is a healthy way to let off steam and explore our bodies.
But it is possible to have too much of a good thing. When we become addicted to the quick high of self-pleasure, we are letting our bodies down, and possibly harming our ability to have a real intimate connection with others in the future.
Rebooting: The Science of NoFap
Let’s take a look at the brain mechanism behind the success of the NoFap challenge. What happens when you masturbate is you are releasing dopamine and oxytocin. And there’s nothing wrong with that. That’s the way our brain is wired. But what happens with porn and masturbation is that the brain is getting used to that dopamine rush. You need more and more to get the same rush.
And then you are rewiring your brain to be used to that super high level of dopamine and then suddenly go into real life and try to connect with people, you have this super high level of dopamine, you feel super excited, super sexual and you don’t have any brakes because you have rewired your brain to expect this super high level. Masturbation isn’t the only culprit when it comes to overstimulating your brain.
Excessive internet usage has been linked to changes in the reward pathway of the brain. When we are exposed to the blue light emitted by our screens, those neurons fire at a level comparable to what happens when we’re looking at drugs.
3 Benefits of Rebooting
Increased sexual control – When we walk away from masturbation, we are taming our primal urges. The act of making a conscious decision to avoid sexual release allows us to gain control over our desires.
Improved self-esteem – When we take steps toward a healthier lifestyle, our confidence is likely to increase.
A more meaningful relationship – When we are able to walk away from sexual temptation, we can focus on the moment. This helps to develop a more meaningful relationship with partners.
4 Ways to Reboot and Reset your brain with NoFap
Keep a journal – Write down your motivations, progress, and any challenges you face. This is a great way to reflect on your journey.
Reach out to others – Strong relationships are the foundation of a happy life. Make the effort to connect with others.
Educate yourself – Research the effects of excessive internet and sexual stimulation on the brain.
Take care of your body and brain – Exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet to give your brain the oxygen it needs to function at its best. This will also help to reduce cravings.
1. Take care of your body and brain
Anything that makes you happy is fine. However, there are certain routines and habits that can greatly improve your health and mental state. Consuming a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting ample sleep are three ways to reboot your body and brain.
2. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet
Exercising regularly can help you to reduce stress and improve your mood, sleep, and energy levels. A healthy diet can help you to maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of certain diseases.
3. Develop self-discipline and healthy habits
When we are able to develop self-discipline, we are less likely to fall back into old habits. Try to incorporate healthier habits into your daily routine. For example, you could set a goal to meditate every day.
4. Reach out to friends and family for support
It’s important to have people in your life who can support you as you take steps towards a healthier lifestyle. Talking to friends and family members can help you to process any challenges or feelings you are facing.
When you Reboot, it’s important to give yourself time and space to process your feelings. You may experience some withdrawal symptoms as your body readjusts to its new routines. To deal with these, try to stay focused on your goals.
When we are able to walk away from sexual temptation, we can focus our energy on improving our relationships with friends and family members. This is the foundation to a happy life. And also, check out this infographic to explore the science behind NoFap and how it can improve your life.