Don’t let Covid-19 destroy your addiction recovery. (6 ways to not let that happen)

  • Author: Sumit
  • Published: September 25, 2021
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Are you consistently struggling with your urges because of being locked in? Are you consistently relapsing more than often, because you are trapped inside your house? If this is you then this article is for you.

No matter where you are in the world, there will still be some form of quarantine or social distancing measures.

This means that you will be looking at spending more time at home and for nofappers more time alone, more time online, and therefore the temptation to relapse. So without further ado, here are six tips to maintain your Nofap streak.

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CONSISTENTLY CHANGE YOUR ENVIRONMENT FOR THE LOCKDOWN

Unfortunately, we are going to be stuck at home, and it would be highly beneficial to change your environment.

Consider changing your environment, for example, if you are using your laptop or mobile phone rather than using it on your couch like you always do, maybe use it somewhere different in the household like the dining area, or maybe in an outside setting.

Presumably, change your environment every day as it is proven that environmental cues can lead to porn cravings.

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DAILY EXERCISING AT LEAST 30 MINUTES IS A MUST!!

A neuroscientist conducted a survey of people who are recovering from porn, and by far exercising proved to be successful in staying porn-free and which is a great foundation for your recovery, and it helps with your physical and mental health.

There are countless workouts for you to try and thirty minutes a day is good, but the most beneficial is a high-intensity workout, which I guarantee will diminish your urges beneficial whilst keeping your body fit.

CREATE A HABIT OF TALKING TO SOMEONE AT LEAST ONCE A DAY

The quarantine can be a lonely experience, especially if you are used to being surrounded by people. So, being in contact with people will be highly beneficial, but the catch is to stay off social media and find some other ways to communicate with your friends as social media is a trigger for you your porn urges. Another way to communicate is through playing video games, chatting with people over the phone, or join the Nofap forum or the Mr Mindblowing Facebook group.

Helping others is a great way such as doing grocery shopping for those who can’t or just having some quality time with your pet.

MEDITATE FOR AT LEAST 10 MIN

Meditation is key to suppressing urges in addiction it gives control over your mind and mindfulness throughout the day. After, this remembers to practice consistent mindfulness throughout the day to control any sudden urges which may arise. There are several mindfulness activities and this would also help with your anxiety and stress levels throughout the lockdown.

WAYS TO RESPONSIBILITY USE THE INTERNET

During the lockdown, it is very easy to spend hours on devices, and connected to the internet, as there might be working from home or schoolwork. However, this can be a risk of relapse but don’t worry there is a way to balance the internet.

  • Take frequent breaks, use the promodro method, which is 25 min 5 min breaks or another variation which I prefer is 45 min working and then 15 min break.
  • Learn a new skill during lockdown etc knitting, sewing, practicing writing, read book. (A good website is Z Library, which has tonnes of free books )
  • Use the timer on the cold turkey blocker app to lock yourself out of the computer for a certain amount of time.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted each and everyone in some sort of way, so it is important to take some time to yourself for example ask your boss to take a day or two off to relax or spend a day with your family or focus on yourself, etc. yoga, catching up or signing up to something new. This can benefit you deeply as it allows you to recharge yourself and rejuvenate yourself, to better handle situations and urges.

Anyways, guys that is it, I wish you the best of luck on your journey, and we can overcome this. Stay safe and best of luck.

Sumit is a chemical engineer and a motivational speaker. He is a regular contributor to MrMindBlowing.com.

Sumit


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