Depression, shame, loneliness, and other negative emotions closely surround pornography addiction, threatening any hope of recovery. To help you remain positive and keep pressing forward, we suggest the following four tips:
– Reach out to others. A dependency on pornography greatly lessens the desire to associate with other people, which is why it’s so important to surround yourself with loved ones and friends. Allowing them back into your life can fill the void left by pornography. This is a difficult step, but the payoff is more than worth the effort.
– Take care of your health. When you take care of your body, you also take care of your mind. The same part of the brain that feels pleasure at viewing pornography is also stimulated by fresh air, exercise, and wholesome food.
– Rediscover your hobbies. As you care for your physical health, you should also care for your heart and soul by re-investing in the activities that you enjoyed before the addiction took over. Now may also be the time to try something new.
– Express gratitude. It may not seem like you have much to be thankful for at the moment, but we encourage you to think of a few blessings each day. Keep a list, if it helps. Even the effort of recognizing blessings will keep your mind away from negative areas, such as temptation and self-doubt.
We encourage you to use and re-use these tips every day to help you increase the distance between you and pornography. Remaining positive during recovery is easier when you can rely on supportive friends and leaders, which is why we welcome you to visit Desert Solace and participate in our recovery program. Contact us at 435-817-1351 today to learn how you can begin making a difference in your life.