NoFap and creativity are two worlds that coincide.
When the word creativity comes up, most people imagine a hippy, wrinkly guy with a paintbrush sitting in front of an oil canvas ready to pour his soul out.
But creativity isn’t limited to the painters, the artists, the musicians, and the writers.
Problem-solving, critical thinking, what to say to that stranger on the bus, what to eat for breakfast—all require a certain degree of creativity.
So, in a sense, we’re all, by default, creative beings in our day-to-day dealings.
And when you go on NoFap, you should notice a boost in the creative way you go about your day.
Even if it’s just the enhanced focus, and the ability to quickly make up your mind on those things you used to dilly-dally on, these little increases in creativity are always noticeable.
But that’s if you know to look for it.
In this post, we’ll explore how NoFap increases your creativity.
We’ll also examine the timeline (the creative highs and the lows), and what to expect when it comes to creativity along your NoFap journey.
We’ll also explore ways you can super-charge your creativity when you’re on NoFap—if you feel like it’s not enough.
But before we do all that, let’s take a short trip down the lanes of history;
A short history lesson
If you look to the past, you’ll see that a lot of creative geniuses that needed to stay on their creative A-game practiced semen retention.
Nikola Tesla was a virgin till he died.
He believed that busting a nut will dull his mind.
And he felt that he won’t be as creative as he needs to be to achieve the things he wanted to achieve in his life if he had sex.
And Look at how that turned out for him.
The great thinker Sigmund Freud took a path of celibacy when he was 40 years old.
He was celibate till he died at 83 years of age. And look what he achieved in the latter part of his years.
And I can go on and on about a lot of highly creative people that are retaining their sperm to become more creative.
In today’s society, there are still some famous creatives that were known to be practicing retaining to achieve lofty creative heights.
Recent examples are artists like Kanye West, Steve Jobs, 50 Cent, and so on.
You can read all about famous people that have used a form of NoFap or semen retention to boost their creativity here.
So, why are a lot of people retaining to boost their creativity?
And why does it seem to work for them?
What do these people know?
What does science say about it?
NoFap and Creativity: Why you can get more creative on NoFap?
Executive functioning rebalancing on NoFap
When researchers set out to find out what distinguishes highly creative people, they found that the highly creative people can activate and use 3 networks of their brains concurrently.1
Those 3 networks are;
- The default network: brain regions responsible for spontaneous thinking or imagination,
- The executive control network: the brain regions used to focus and control your thoughts. This is the set of regions that years of compulsive porn and masturbation usually damages, and
- The salience network: is the switch that you use to alternate between the default network and the executive network.
A creative person has all these networks firing on all cylinders.
A single thing we know that NoFap does is it boosts (replenishes) the executive control network (prefrontal region).
And NoFap also regulates the default network.
Putting these 3 networks in mind brings us to the second reason why NoFap can make you more creative;
More ability to focus and concentrate
To be at your creative best, you need to enter a place called the “flow state”.
That’s the state where your default, executive, and salient networks are all working in tandem.
And to get to this state of flow, you need to be focused and be able to concentrate on tasks for longer.
It’s difficult for the porn addict to focus on tasks for long because of the porn-induced brain fog he suffers from.
So, when you go on NoFap, the brain fog starts clearing up and the jittering stops.
With this, you’re able to get into a state of flow easily—which helps you become super creative.
NoFap rebalances your Dopaminergic pathways
A study found that our dopaminergic pathway is linked to our creativity.
The healthier the interaction between your frontal and striatal dopaminergic pathway, the more creative you are.
And when you’re on NoFap, one of the main things that happen is that your dopamine pathway is re-balanced.
This is one major reason why a lot of people report being more creative when they’re on NoFap.
The timeline of creativity when you’re on NoFap
For the early days of NoFap, expect the flatline, brain fog (for some people), and other hosts of withdrawal symptoms.
And when you’re going through this hell of a time on your NoFap, I can bet that you won’t be feeling creative.
But if you can power through the hardest days of NoFap, when you get to about the 6-weeks mark, you’ll feel your creativity surging.
You’ll literally and physically feel the way your sexual energy is activating several chakra (crown) points in your body.
You’ll feel a little tingling in those regions.
That’s your body becoming one with your higher self.
Sort of like when your default, executive, and salient networks become synced.
It’s like you become connected to the source of infinite intelligence.
You’ll start feeling high when your creativity is sparked and it literally feels like you’re high on drugs.
I’m sorry for going a little bit esoteric on you.
But the science seems to match the weird.
10 ways to spark your creativity further when you’re on NoFap
At this point of the post, it’s time to take a look at creativity as a science. Not as art anymore.
The first mistake you can make is to think that creativity is reserved for some special people.
We’re all creative beings. And there are no exceptions.
The only difference is that some people exercise their creative faculties more than others.
And as a result of this continuous deliberate practice, the faculty is really sharp and they can call it forth any time they want.
But here’s the good news, you can start exercising it also.
And the more you use it, the sharper it becomes.
As a writer, I’ve spent the better part of my life trying to reduce creativity down to a science.
Because I firmly believe that anybody can become a creative genius. It just takes hard work, dedication, and a system that works.
And so far so good, I’ve boiled the process of creativity down to the following simple but not-so-simple step-by-step (Book: How to boost your creativity);
Strive for more knowledge in your field
Irrespective of the field you are in—painting, music, business, magic, and so on, to become more creative, the first step is to seek more knowledge in that field.
Before you can become a vessel, you need to prepare the container.
Before the creative angels can come and visit you whenever you want them to, you need to have the knowledge they can work with.
For instance, if you’re a writer, you need to become a voracious reader.
If you’re a musician, you need to learn instruments or music theory.
Device a way to overcome the creativity resistance monster
There’s a resistance force to every good thing you try to achieve.
The same thing goes with trying to be more creative.
Anytime you try to be creative in any way, there’s always a resistance force that can come in the form of fear, doubt, procrastination, and so on.
This resistance monster has vanquished a lot of dreamers who set out to do big things in their lives.
The first step to defeating this monster is for you to be aware of its existence.
The second step is to develop processes and rituals around your creative tasks.
If you develop good processes and rituals, your creative pursuits become methodical.
It becomes a science. And you can just be creative when you want to.
Live by the process
The process is just grinding through what you have to do, irrespective of the resistance you might feel.
The process can be as simple as “write for 30 minutes daily”.
So, this simple process is actionable. It is devoid of the expectation of coming up with something super-creative and magical.
It’s just a simple promise: “write for 30 minutes daily”. No matter what the outcome is, you get to do this process every day.
Another example of a process is “write a business proposal every quarter”.
You can also appreciate the purity and simplicity of this process.
Doesn’t matter if you can come up with a new billion-dollar idea. But at the end of the quarter, you get to write a proposal.
Once you know your process and follow it religiously, you’ll get to know that creativity is indeed a science, not an art.
Inspiration doesn’t come out of thin air. It comes to the consistent and the hardworking.
After you’ve got your process in place, the next step is to pay attention to your creative rituals.
I call them creative rituals because they’re daily acts that if you stick to them, can give you an unfair advantage in the creative department.
This is the first ritual that can boost your creativity.
A recent study has shown that people who were allowed to enter both the REM and Non-REM state of sleep performed significantly better on creativity tasks than people that didn’t sleep at all, and those that didn’t enter both sleep states.
So, make sure you get the recommended hours of sleep every day so that your creativity centers don’t suffer.
The second ritual that can boost your creativity is to get enough creative nutrients from your diet.
Basically, all the nutrients that boost your brain processing power will also improve your creative thinking power.
We have nutrients like the B-vitamins, Omega 3s, magnesium, proteins, and so on.
And you can get these nutrients from foods like; whole grains, fish, fruits, green vegetables, and so on.
The third and last ritual to improve your creativity is to become a meditator.
Meditation has been found again and again to boost attention span, focus, and creativity.
Stress control (Balancing Chaos and Order)
You need a good stress management program.
It might be a mental pep talk you give yourself or a pat on the back for past works you’ve done.
You also need to learn to relax. This can be done by listening to your favorite music, or getting a massage, or getting a routine in place.
Because if there’s too much chaos in your life, nothing gets done.
Conversely, if there’s too much order in your life, you get bored, and eventually, nothing gets done.
You have to be able to strike a healthy balance between chaos and order in your life.
This is where routines come in to control the chaos that hinders creativity.
And this is also where striving for more knowledge (Step 1) comes in—to bring in a little bit of chaos.
So, get your creative routines in place—like a routine time and place for your creative pursuits.
But don’t get too comfortable. Venture out into chaos sometimes. It gets the creative juices flowing.
Write down thoughts (let it rip)
Talking to yourself (or to others) reveals to you; who you are.
And to become a creative genius, you have to know who you are.
Because it’s only when you know who you are, that you know how you feel about the world.
And it’s with this that you can bring your message into the world in your own unique way.
So, when you first sit down to do creative thinking, you should just let it rip.
Let it out.
Every, and anything that comes to your mind.
It’s from those seeds that your good and bad ideas grow from.
Show up every day
Shouldn’t matter what the weather is outside.
Shouldn’t matter what the state of the economy is.
It sure as hell shouldn’t even matter how you’re feeling.
Show up every day!
Showing up every day is you deliberately practicing how to be a creative person.
When you show up every day, irrespective of whether you’re having a good day, or a bad day, irrespective of whether you’re feeling creative or not, with time, you habituate to being creative.
It will take time. So, you need to be patient and consistent.
This is the most difficult part of the whole steps to becoming a creative genius.
This is why the majority of people fall off the creative wagon.
Because at this stage, you might just be putting in the effort and you’re not getting any positive result.
Also, people around you might be criticizing your work negatively. So, at this stage, every fiber of your being will be telling you to quit.
But know that this is your life’s challenge. Your call to action. The fiery crucible where creative geniuses are formed.
So, show up every day!
On criticism, this takes us to the final step to becoming a creative genius;
Stand by your output.
If it’s bad now, it’ll be better tomorrow.
Or you might even think it’s bad but it’s actually good to other people.
So, don’t sell yourself short.
One thing you’ll notice about very good creatives is that they’re brave. They take criticism (both negative and positive) in their strides.
What I’ve noticed is that you’ll look at (most of) your work and they’ll suck.
Because if you’re following the processes I’ve outlined, you should be getting better.
Aside from the coincidence of making masterpieces once in a while, your present work should be better than your past work.
And in time, you’ll have hundreds and thousands of masterpieces without even setting out to make them.
So, make it a habit to show your work no matter how bad you think it is.
Someone somewhere will find it helpful.
And if you get criticized, know that you’ll get better with time.
And that should be motivation enough for you to be brave.