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Masturbation: Can I

by Joseph W., Licensed & Registered Counsellor

Date: 18 Feb 2023

Masturbation is a normal and healthy behavior, and it should not be stigmatized or shamed. However, some individuals may wish to reduce or stop their masturbation habits for personal or religious reasons. Here are some strategies that may be helpful for individuals who wish to stop or reduce their masturbation:

Identify triggers:

It may be helpful to identify the specific situations or emotions that lead to the desire to masturbate. Once you know what these triggers are, you can make an effort to avoid or manage them.

Find alternative coping mechanisms:

Masturbation may be used as a way to cope with stress, anxiety, or other negative emotions. Finding alternative coping mechanisms such as exercise, journaling, meditation, or talking to a therapist can help to reduce the need to masturbate.

Develop a healthy sleep routine:

Masturbation may be used as a way to fall asleep more easily or sleep more soundly. Developing a healthy sleep routine, such as maintaining a consistent sleep schedule, avoiding screens for an hour before bedtime, and creating a relaxing bedtime routine can help to reduce the need to masturbate.

Create a distraction:

When you feel the urge to masturbate, try to distract yourself by engaging in a different activity such as reading, watching a movie, or spending time with friends.

Seek support:

Talking to a therapist or counselor can be helpful in understanding the underlying reasons for masturbation and developing strategies to reduce or stop the behavior. Joining a support group can also be beneficial in providing a community of individuals who are also working towards similar goals.

Seek medical help:

If you find that your masturbation habits are causing distress or interfering with your daily functioning, it may be helpful to talk to a medical professional. They can help to rule out any underlying medical conditions and provide guidance on how to proceed.

It's important to remember that everyone's experience is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Be patient with yourself and try different strategies to find what works best for you.

It's also important to note that Masturbation is not harmful for mental or physical health, and it should not be stigmatized or shamed. If you find that you are unable to stop or reduce your masturbation habits, and it's not causing any harm or distress, it's important to accept and embrace it as a normal part of human sexuality.

If you find yourself struggling in this, do talk to our trained and licensed professionals specialised in sexuality issues.

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