NoFap Relapse: 11 ways to deal with relapse after a NoFap streak

A relapse on NoFap is inevitable.

Whether it’s a short NoFap streak—like 1 to 2 weeks of no PMO—or a long streak, hardly can you go about putting those streaks together without relapsing (at least when you first start doing NoFap).

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One of the things I often say to my friends is that if you don’t relapse on your first or second try at NoFap, you weren’t a PMO addict in the first place.

There’s no long-term fapstronaut out there (that would give you NoFap tips and tricks) that doesn’t have one or two relapses under his belt.

That’s right!

Those guys you see on Reddit that have gone for about two years of NoFap would have had several relapses in the past.

But that’s life right?

No success without failure. No light without darkness. The yin and yang of everything.

But with every seed of failure comes an equal opportunity to grow and be better.

And if it’s any consolation, a relapse whenever you’re on a NoFap streak is a wake-up call for you.

It’s a way of knowing that you have a compulsive addiction problem that needs your attention.

That said, the next time you relapse when you’re on NoFap, don’t take it as the end of the world. Take it as an opportunity for you to become better at NoFap.

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What counts as a NoFap relapse though?

A NoFap relapse means different things to different people.

And as a result of this, there are open debates on the issue.

Without bogging you down with a lot of chitchats, I’ll just give you my opinion on the issue and be done with it.

If you would think about PMO addiction as a cycle; if the start of that cycle is a cue to masturbate to porn which is triggered by seeing a hot girl walking down your street, then there’s the middle of the cycle where you pick up your device, stream the porn, and struff your stuff to it. At the end of that cycle is when you orgasm.

So, for that addiction cycle to be completed, you have to orgasm.

Orgasm is the reward your brain promises you and have you chasing by streaming porn for 2 hours.

To me, a relapse on NoFap is when you Orgasm to Porn. You relapse when you fully complete that addiction cycle.

For instance, if you’re on NoFap hard mode, and you’re edging yourself to porn (or without porn), and you stop without ejaculating, you’ve not relapsed.

But hold your phone….

Don’t be thinking it’s alright to be edging while you’re on NoFap.

If you’re on a NoFap streak, I don’t care how long your NoFap tracker says that your streak’s been—if your reboot is not yet completed—once you reach the middle of the cycle described above, 99 times out of 100, you’ll reach the end.

In other words, if you’re on NoFap and you’re taking a peek at porn, you’re edging, stroking yourself in the bathroom, thinking it’s all harmless fun, I can promise you that in a short time, you’ll FULLY relapse.

A relapse is not all bad….. if;

As much as I want to label ‘relapse’ a villain on your NoFap journey, I can’t bring myself to do that.

I believe that with every failure, comes an opportunity to become more enlightened.

It’s when you fail to take any valuable lesson from your relapse that it’s all bad.

A relapse provides you with some opportunities. And those opportunities are listed below;

  1. A NoFap relapse gives you a conviction of your addiction

Let’s assume you just read about NoFap on a forum and most of the things you read sounded like horseshit to you.

Let’s say you’re not convinced you’re a PMO addict because you can’t bring yourself to believe that porn (which feels that good) can be as devastating as drugs like cocaine.

But you tried the NoFap challenge anyway.

Because you’re thinking it will be a piece of cake.

And after just one week, when you literally couldn’t go a day longer, and you’ve come across the NoFap hardest days, you relapsed.

If you paid close attention to the cravings you were getting on the streak, no one would have to tell you that you have an addiction problem.

I always say that if you do not relapse on your first NoFap, that meant you aren’t a PMO addict in the first place.

To me, a relapse is the real test of your addiction to any compulsive addiction problem.

This is the first positive you can take from your relapse. It helps you to know that you’re addicted to porn and masturbation.

Moving forward, you’ll take the challenge more seriously the next time you try it.

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  1. A NoFap relapse provides you with a learning opportunity

Let me repeat this to you again;

Before there can be success, there has to be failure.

Before there can be a successful Reboot and a Recovery, there has to be a Relapse.

And when these relapses occur, it’s a window for you to see what you need to start doing, what you need to change, and what you need to stop doing.

Examples of lessons you learn when you relapse are; the cues that set off your addiction cycle, your physical triggers, your emotional triggers, and so on.

But this learning process is only possible if you pay attention.

Immediately after the relapse, instead of feeling sorry for yourself, retrace your steps and figure out what led you to that relapse.

Was it an emotional state you were in? Was it boredom? Were you triggered by a particular time of the day when you were by yourself in your room? Was it depression or loneliness? Was it happiness?

You’ll be really surprised at your triggers if you give your relapse a deep thought.

  1. A NoFap relapse doesn’t mean your progress is lost

A lot of people get disheartened after a relapse because they think that all the rewiring and rebooting going on in their brain is now lost.

I’m here to emphatically tell you that your progress is not lost.

The relapse itself is not your problem.

It’s what comes after the relapse. It’s how you deal with what comes after and the steps you take after the relapse that counts.

The relapse itself is not your failure. It’s how you pick yourself up after the relapse that determines if you’ve really failed at NoFap or not.

If you relapse and go on a PMO binge, then, your NoFap progress is now lost.

If you relapse and start feeling depressed and feeling sorry for yourself, then, your NoFap progress is now lost.

After your relapse, If you start thinking that NoFap isn’t worth it—you didn’t notice any difference in your life while you were on it, then, your NoFap progress is now really gone.

Because chances are that you’re going to binge and you’ll come out worse than you were before the NoFap.

Believe me, these patterns of thinking after your NoFap relapse are all nothing more than your brain’s way of staying addicted to PMO.

But instead of falling for your brain’s gimmicks, you can choose to focus on the positive side of a relapse.

Or….

If you’re not careful, you might enter the NoFap chaser effect realm and find it hard to get back on the NoFap wagon.

………………

Moving on

If you’ve been paying attention, so far in this article, I’ve been trying to get you in a “relapse is not the end of the world” mentality.

It’s easier to move forward and start a new chapter of NoFap from this frame of mind.

But how do you move forward though?

What are those exact things you can do to make sure you don’t go back into that porn and masturbation ditch you worked so hard to get yourself out of in the first place?

Here is a list of things to do to deal with NoFap relapse after any NoFap streak;

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11 things you can do to deal with NoFap relapse after a NoFap streak

  1. Shift your mindset from that of failing to that of learning

At the risk of beating a dead horse (repeating what I’ve said again and again), this is the first thing you have to do after a NoFap relapse.

As I’ve been saying, don’t think that your relapse is the end of your NoFap journey.

All the progress you’ve made on NoFap is still intact.

Your NoFap relapse only means it’s time for you to learn more about yourself and your PMO addiction cycle.

So, take a pen, a paper, and take note of the next point on the list;

  1. Make a note of what led to your relapse

After the relapse, sit down, quiet your mind, and retrace your steps. Think of the moments leading up to the relapse.

What you want to pinpoint here are the things that set you off to jerk off to porn.

These things are called cues or triggers.

These triggers might be an emotional state or physical state.

Examples of physical triggers are things like watching a movie that has nudity, watching the music channel, seeing a hot model on Instagram, or just fantasizing porn thoughts.

Examples of emotional triggers are things like boredom, depression, feeling inadequate about something, failing at something, and on and on.

Subconsciously, some funny cues have been programmed to trigger porn use after an event occurs in your life.

And because you usually PMO when any of these events occur, your brain has built strong neural pathways from those events to PMOing.

Examples of these events are things like being alone at home, sitting down in front of your computer, taking a bath in the morning, when you can’t fall asleep at night, and so on.

So, after your relapse, write down those things that trigger you. Eliminate those triggers that you can, and prepare for those that you can’t eliminate so you don’t relapse to those triggers next time.

For instance, if the hot model on Instagram, the music channel, and being home alone are the triggers you identified, moving forward, unfollow that hot model on Instagram, stay off the music channel, don’t be alone at home by yourself—and if you are, do something to distract yourself.

  1. Prepare yourself for the chaser effect

In case you don’t know what this is, the NoFap chaser effect is that PMO binge you go on after a NoFap relapse.

The chaser effect happens after you orgasm on a NoFap streak. Irrespective of whether that orgasm is through porn or partnered sex.

You’ve starved your body of orgasm, so, your body wants more. That’s what it is.

After your NoFap relapse, what you need to do is be aware of the likelihood of going on a PMO binge.

Being aware will help you catch it on its heels rather than the chaser effect catching you by surprise.

After your relapse, you might be thinking “what the hell, I’ve already relapsed, might as well binge on it”.

The harm in binging after the relapse is that it’ll be hard to get back on NoFap and you’ll be much worse than you were before you started the streak. You’ll be drained physically, mentally, and emotionally after the binge.

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  1. Revisit your NoFap goals to get motivated to continue your NoFap

There’s no better time to revisit why you’re doing NoFap than after a NoFap relapse.

Rethink the goals you want to achieve with NoFap.

If the reason why you’re doing NoFap is that you suffer a form of erectile dysfunction, is it cured?

What did you want to gain from NoFap? Have you achieved that goal?

If you’re doing NoFap to rewire your brain, to detox from porn, do you think the process is completed?

If you’re doing NoFap to get a girlfriend, have you achieved that goal?

It’s crucial to revisit these goals and remind yourself of the need to get back on the NoFap wagon then and there.

At this juncture, you must renew your NoFap motivation. Doing this will help to renew your resolve.

For motivation, you can go to the NoFap community on Reddit or you can go on YouTube and watch videos of people that NoFap has changed their lives.

You can read posts on this site like the amazing health benefits of NoFap.

On these platforms, you see people that have done what you’re trying to do and have come out on the other side and are enjoying life more than they did when they were addicted to PMO.

  1. Eat healthy diets and stay hydrated

Your diet is directly linked with your willpower system.

The healthier you eat, the easier it is to resist the urge to binge on porn.

Apart from resisting the urge to binge, you want your body to quickly recuperate what you’ve lost in terms of semen nutrients when you relapsed.

After your relapse, you might be tempted to eat junks (because of your active limbic system at the moment).

But if you drink lots of water and eat healthily, you’ll notice that you’ll quickly be able to recover from your relapse and start feeling better as soon as possible.

Vegetables and fruits are foods that are packed with a lot of nutrients that can quickly rejuvenate your body after a NoFap relapse.

  1. Do a dopamine boosting workout

After a NoFap relapse, it’s important to feel good.

One of the best, fastest, and healthiest ways to feel good is to do rounds of High-Intensity Interval Training exercises (HIIT).1

These workouts have been scientifically proven to release endorphins and dopamine. And these hormones will have you feeling better in no time.

The good part about these exercises is that most of them don’t require equipment to do.

You can do them immediately after your relapse from the comfort of your home.

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  1. Get out of the house/interact with other people

Loneliness, depression, and boredom all play major roles in the relapse of most people on NoFap.

If your relapse was because of either of these reasons, there’s a high chance that a pattern—of binging on porn, Netflix, video games, junk food—is formed because of the continued loneliness, depression, and boredom.

After the relapse, you’ll need to interrupt this pattern.

How do you do this?

You interrupt the pattern by getting out of your room or getting out of your house altogether.

And apart from helping you to prevent the binging effect, getting outside and interacting with other human beings will start making you feel better.

So, depending on the time of the day, or the situation you’re currently in, you can go for a walk, you can go hang out with friends or have them come over.

This is why having a gym membership or having activities to do outside of your house is good on NoFap.

It allows you to expand your life’s horizon a little bit more.

  1. Boost your testosterone by doing testosterone-boosting workout

Testosterone is a vital hormone for a man and when you have enough of this hormone in your body, you’re healthier, happier, and feeling more manly.

The kicker is that when we relapse on PMO, we instantly lose a considerable amount of this hormone.

So, after a NoFap relapse, the best thing to do is to replenish this hormone.

To release more of this hormone, one of the best ways to do that is to do weight training exercises (find a link to the workouts here) or play a physical sport like soccer, basketball, and so on.

  1. Take a cold shower

After a game or a demanding training session, it’s now a common tradition for top athletes—like David Beckham—to dip themselves in an ice bath.

They claim it helps them to recover faster, boost their testosterone levels, and improve their mood.

Researchers have confirmed these benefits of exposing your body to these lower temperature baths.

After your relapse, you don’t have to dip your balls in ice, you can however have a cold shower.

A cold shower has been shown by several studies to have several benefits.

According to this Medical Hypotheses journal article.2

This study showed that cold showers activate the sympathetic nervous system and release both endorphins and norepinephrine.

Both neurotransmitters elevate the mood when they’re secreted), one of those benefits is that it boosts your mood.

In the context of a NoFap relapse, a lot of people fall into the emotional trap of shame and depression.

To save yourself from these, and get yourself in a good mood, taking a cold shower is one of the quickest ways to do so.

Apart from boosting your mood, cold showers have been shown by this study3 to increase your level of serum testosterone.

This will help you to compensate for the testosterone you lost after your PMO session.

  1. Meditate!

If you’re already a person that meditates, then stick with it.

But if you don’t meditate, and you’re doing NoFap, I highly recommend you start meditating.

The impact of meditating on NoFap can’t be ignored.

It helps a lot of people to deal with a relapse on NoFap. And apart from dealing with a NoFap relapse, meditation helps to avoid a relapse in the first place.

Find a place to sit and calm your mind. It’ll work wonders for your state of mind.

  1. Get AWWP!! Cause you need it

It takes some people a lot of relapse on their NoFap to figure out that NoFap isn’t an easy thing to do.

If you keep relapsing, that means you need help and you need to take it seriously.

You need to prepare for your next NoFap challenge and start your NoFap in the right way. If you don’t do these, you may keep relapsing.

When it comes to getting help on how to beat your porn and masturbation addiction, there are limited resources out there.

The thing I can recommend is the AWWP course. Which is a comprehensive guide that has everything you’ll need on how to beat this addiction, and never go back to it.

From blocking porn on all your devices free of charge, to how to boost your willpower tremendously, the course has everything you need.

It even teaches you how to get an accountability partner free of charge.

The course contains meditation and hypnotic mp3s that helps to subconsciously rewire your brain to be successful on NoFap.

And since NoFap is not only aimed at quitting porn, there are other resources in the course that helps you succeed in all the other areas of life.

After getting the course, you’ll notice that NoFap becomes super-easy for you and you’ll stop relapsing to porn and masturbation.

Summary: You can get back on the NoFap wagon

If I were to summarize this post, so far, all I’ve been saying so far is this;

After your relapse, whatever you do, don’t binge!!

Eat healthy, exercise, meditate, get outside, interact with others….

In other words, after your relapse, don’t beat yourself up. Take care of yourself.

After that, get back on the NoFap wagon.

If you can put together the number of days you did, you can do it again. And as hard as it might be for you to accept, NoFap does get easier the more you do it.

If you have any question you’ll like to ask me, thoughts you’d like to add to the post, use the comment section below.

And please, please, and please, share this post. You never know who it might help.

Till we speak again, STAY HEALTHY, STAY WEALTHY.

Sources and Footnotes

  1. An example of a HIIT is this scientifically proven to work 7-minute workout.
  2. Adapted cold shower as a potential treatment for depression.
  3. Trends of male factor infertility, an important cause of infertility: A review of literature. This interesting study reviewed 6,455 sperm from healthy men and found that over three years, the testosterone levels of these men increased radically in colder months

11 thoughts on “NoFap Relapse: 11 ways to deal with relapse after a NoFap streak”

  1. I was on day 5 of nofap. I relapsed today. I spent a total of 5mind of porn and masturbating. In the past I always relapsed and binged and did the chaser effect and the next day I felt depressed and anxious. I don’t want to do that but now am wondering if I restart my nofap streak or not.

    Reply
    • Hello Shelton,

      I would advise you to get back to doing NoFap as soon as possible.
      Remind yourself of the reasons why you’re doing NoFap in the first place. Those should make you feel motivated again.

      I wish you the best of luck.

      Reply
  2. As of currently I have stopped watching porn for 5 weeks. I have completely given it up with no desire to watch it. I’m also in a new great relationship, though distant, & don’t want to bring that into it.

    From what I have read about nofap it essentially revolves around porn addiction & doesn’t really cover whom j.o. without porn. So what’s your thoughts on solo time? Every article seems repetitive that ppl have a pmo addiction due to being unproductive, unsocial, unhealthy, etc., yet I am the opposite. I don’t suffer from pied, I eat healthy, I exercise 6 days a week through weights & cardio, I have a successful career, I have a social life inside & outside of work, I have many hobbies, & I’m extremely productive at home. I understand the point of staying busy for distraction, but despite all that I can still take 5 minutes out of the week & j.o. without porn. So what harm am I doing to myself or my gf?

    Reply
    • Hello friend,

      I think you’ve misunderstood the whole point of NoFap. While it’s true that NoFap mostly centers on porn addiction, the term PMO (Porn, Masturbation, and Orgasm) refers to three forms of addiction that could be developed. and all three are interconnected. And the whole point of NoFap is mastery over these three habits. If you could achieve mastery over these habits-not doing any of them compulsively anymore, then you’ve achieved the aim of NoFap. Because it is when they’re done out of compulsion that they start affecting your life. And erectile dysfunctions starts popping up. That’s when they start affecting your relationship with your girlfriend.

      If you’re doing j.o. without porn once in a week and you feel like you’re in control of it, not doing it out of compulsion, then you NoFap goal is achieved. But only you will know.

      Also, PMO addiction side effects are real for PMO addicts. If you’re an addict of PMO, even if you have energy, don’t procrastinate, a superstar, you still pay a price for that addiction. You experience a side-effect of some sort. It’s just that you might not notice it. For instance, Terry Crews and Kanye West are both superstars, they have money, they have fame, one of them has the body of the hulk, and yet, they’ve been paying the price of this addiction in one way or the other (especially in their relationships with women) till they started breaking free of this vile addiction. So, this shit’s real. It ain’t no effing joke.

      Hope that helped you in some way.

      Have a great day!!

      Reply
      • I noticed the more i J.O i do the more suceptible i am to subsequent triggers, I found I was even more productive when I had months of hard mode. J.O in my opinion is a slippery slope, in my experience it was part of why I relapsed but that is just my take

        Reply
    • I’m assuming you had a wet dream right?
      If that’s the case, it’s a natural thing. So, it isn’t a relapse and you haven’t lost any progress.
      Good luck!

      Reply
    • No Billy.

      A single relapse doesn’t mean a complete reset. And it doesn’t mean all your benefits are gone.

      The reboot that we do on NoFap is mostly down to rewiring the brain. And make no mistake, your brain’s been rewiring these past 123 days.

      It’s what you do from here that counts. Because you have to watch out for the binging effect, otherwise known as the chaser effect.

      It’s when you binge that you lose progress and start building the pathways back to porn.

      Hope that helped.

      Reply
  3. relapsed after 261 days, feel prett dumb but like you said you can always learn. Got all my defenses back up and feel ready to improve, one day doesn’t eliminate 8 months of hard work. Consistent use will however. Thank your for the words of wisdom. trying to get a full year this time. As he said above I started with 2/3 week streaks broke a month and here I am 8 months later. Every failure is a chance to double down and not forget why you are doing this.

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