#HealthBytes: Five ways to help you control masturbation addiction
Masturbation is a completely healthy and normal part of sexual well-being. In fact, it can even help relieve stress, enhance blood flow to the genitals, and improve your performance in bed. However, the problem starts when the habit becomes compulsive. Yes, masturbation addiction is for real. In case you think you've lost control, here are five simple ways to help you fix masturbation addiction.
Avoid pornography: Do away with all pornographic content around you
Easy and cheap access to pornographic content is making more and more people become addicted to masturbation. So, if you are trying to reduce your want to do it, you need to do away with all pornographic content (movies, images etc.) present around you. But, don't be too harsh on yourself - eliminating a habit like masturbating will take time. So, give yourself some.
Socialize more often: It will help reduce your alone time
Sometimes, one might feel the urge to masturbate in case they feel lonely, or do not have other activities to fill up their time with. That's why, it is advisable to socialize more often, when you are trying to control your masturbation addiction. There are many ways to do it- spend time with friends and family, or join a club/gym, or meet people online.
Get busy: Because boredom could trigger your want to masturbate
If you have been wanting to start reading more, or traveling more often, or start taking Yoga classes - know that now is the best time to do it. This is so because boredom is one of the major triggers for masturbation. So, by keeping yourself busy with new and fun activities, you will help yourself stay safe from uncontrolled masturbation.
Exercise: It will keep you active, boost your mood
If you think you are spending increasing amount of time watching porn, or masturbating- start exercising. It is a great way to shift your focus in a positive direction. Not only will exercise help improve your physical strength and endurance, it will also boost your mood and keep you happier. Know that simple cardio exercises like walking, running, biking etc. can help.
#5: Finally, if nothing works, seek professional help
If even after trying these measures, nothing seems to work, it might be a good idea to seek professional assistance. Get in touch with a psychologist/counselor, particularly one who specializes in human sexuality. They will you help you find the cause, and treatment.