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Top 7 Practical Tips To Stop That Thing – Part 2

Masturbation is a problem many struggle with secretly. This devotional identifies practical tips to stop this habit and teach you how to gain freedom today.

4. Retrain your brain

Intrusive thoughts are common, but we can change our response. When an urge or intrusive thought hits, one of the practical tips is to use a physical interruption technique like snapping a rubber band on your wrist. This action can disrupt the conditioned response pattern and bring your focus back to the present moment. Over time, this technique can help reduce the frequency and intensity of triggers.

Consistently applying the rubber band technique or other interruption methods can help retrain your brain. This process involves creating new neural pathways that are less likely to respond to triggers in the old, habitual ways. With practice, your brain can learn to react differently, reducing the power of intrusive thoughts. When an intrusive thought arises, redirect your mind to God’s word through prayer or other spiritual exercises. Actively replace negative or intrusive thoughts with positive affirmations or constructive thoughts. This practice can help build new mental habits that are more aligned with your goals and values.

5. Get an accountability partner

Sharing your struggles and victories with someone you trust takes the behavior out of secrecy. This openness can significantly reduce feelings of shame and isolation, making it easier to address and overcome challenges. Knowing that you’ll have to report your progress and any slips to your accountability partner can serve as a strong deterrent during moments of weakness. This added layer of responsibility can help you think twice before engaging in behaviors you’re trying to avoid. Choose someone you trust and feel comfortable with. This person should be non-judgmental, supportive, and willing to listen. They could be a friend, family member, mentor, or even a professional like a counselor or coach. Discuss and agree on how often you will check in with each other, the types of updates you’ll share, and the level of support you need. Clear expectations ensure that both parties are on the same page and committed to the process. Sharing your successes with your accountability partner can reinforce positive behavior and motivate you to continue making progress. Celebrating small victories together can build your confidence and resilience.

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6. Learn to manage your feelings

Many turn to masturbation to avoid uncomfortable emotions. The first step in managing your feelings is to recognize and acknowledge them. When you feel sad, lonely, or bored, take a moment to identify these emotions without immediately reacting to them. Simply naming your feelings can reduce their intensity and help you understand them better. Develop a habit of regularly checking in with your emotional state. This can be done through journaling, mindfulness meditation, or simply taking a few moments each day to reflect on how you’re feeling. When uncomfortable emotions arise, resist the urge to escape or numb them through habitual behaviors. Instead, allow yourself to sit with these feelings and explore them. Understand that emotions are temporary and will pass with time. Over time, as you practice managing your emotions without resorting to escapism, you’ll develop greater emotional resilience. This means you’ll be better equipped to handle life’s ups and downs with a balanced and healthy approach

7. Set Consequences

One of the recommended practical tips to overcome masturbation is to decide on specific, unpleasant tasks that you’ll commit to doing each time you slip up. These tasks should be challenging enough to act as a deterrent but not so harsh that they become counterproductive. Examples include doing a set number of pushups, running a mile, or performing extra acts of service. For consequences to be effective, they should be applied immediately after the slip-up. This immediacy helps create a clear connection between the behavior and the consequence, reinforcing the message that the behavior is undesirable. While setting consequences is important, also remember to reward yourself for positive behavior and progress. Balance the unpleasant tasks with positive reinforcement, such as treating yourself to something enjoyable or celebrating milestones. Setting consequences is just one part of the puzzle. Make sure you are also addressing the underlying issues that contribute to the behavior. Combining consequences with strategies like seeking support, managing emotions, and understanding root causes creates a more comprehensive approach to change.

In conclusion, gaining freedom from compulsive masturbation is challenging but very possible. With determination to address root causes, practical tips, and support, many have found lasting change. Take the first step today – you don’t have to be controlled by this habit any longer.


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